“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well” ~Psalm 139:14
This past weekend in The Sanctuary, the Father dealt with our identity and opened the window of our souls. He asked us when we look in the mirror, what do we see? God’s child? Self-hate, rejection, and an inability to accept oneself as special and unique prevents us from becoming what God has planned for our lives. Do you feel like a failure? Are you too hard on yourself? We all need grace. None of us are perfect but, we are made in the image of a great God.
When King David wrote this song of praise (Psalm 139), he began with these words:
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. (Psalm 139:1-4)
This praise is completely about God. He is present everywhere (omnipresent), He knows everything (omniscient), and He is all powerful (omnipotent). There is something different, special and wondrously unique about God’s creation of human life. Knowing how to appreciate yourself the way God made you is to be done first, through praise. God made us as part of his marvelous works. We should praise him because we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Recognizing this fact, God has put us together in such a way that makes us appreciate ourselves. Appreciate our anatomy. Appreciate our design. Appreciate the way you look. Appreciate the way we speak. We need to appreciate everything about us and the way God made us to praise Him because, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Fearfully and wonderfully made to praise Him because He loved us. Fearfully and wonderfully made to praise Him because He knows all about us and what He desires to give us and how He desires to use us. Fearfully and wonderfully made to praise Him because He has given us certain gifts and graces to be used in the advancement of the Kingdom
Its time to treat yourself better. Here’s a test, the next time you tell yourself that you’re no good, a failure, unlovable—all lies from the devil—ask yourself this one question. “Would I judge a good friend in this way?” If the answer is “no”, you are not being fair to yourself. Jesus described God’s loving concern for you, explaining that “How precious also are His thoughts towards you, how great is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:17)
Remember, you are His child and if you appreciate the way God made you, others will do the same. They’ll see you as the pastor, servant, shepherd, or leader, marketplace maven or business owner. Whatever else people may think of you or say about you, God sees you as a beloved creation and anticipates to see His unique and wonderful likeness in You.
Contributed by: Pastor Yolanda Douthit
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