Watchword for the Month
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Sr Angelene - August 2020
Dear sisters and brothers, what a beautiful life enhancing and awesome word from the Psalmist, David at the beginning of a new month. Together with these words from David we can echo the words of Ephesians 2 verse 10a “For we are God’s workmanship…” If one read from Ps 139:13 we become aware of how delicately, precisely and gracefully God created us “For You created my innermost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb”
God knew us as he designed us with much loving care and devotion. I am unique, you are unique, and we are all precious in God’s sight. We are created in the likeness and awesomeness of our Creator God. Let us embrace who we are and not wait for approval of others. We are already approved by God. Like the Psalmist we stand before God and praise Him for there is nothing that God does not know about us.“Fearfully and wonderfully made” Fearfully may sound a bit disturbing or upsetting. The usage of fearfully in this context does not mean anxiety but rather a holy fear that emphasize admiration and astonishment of God’s wonderful works. We are in the presence of One too marvelous for words and who demand our respect and reverence.
Dear sisters and brothers we are created fearfully and wonderfully with a distinct purpose according to Ephesians 2 verse 10b text which reads… “created in Jesus Christ to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do”. This is a clear statement about our amazing capabilities and value from God’s perspective given to us to serve Him. God created us with a desire to have an ongoing relationship with Him. Without a close relationship with God, our Creator, there will always be the search in other directions for satisfaction and peace of mind. There is the search for satisfaction in material things, drugs, money, alcohol, success, power, fame, abuse, violence, etc. These will not satisfy the craving for happiness and fulfillment.
Dear friends we are fearfully and wonderfully made to fully understand God’s loving intention woven into our whole being. Even our weaknesses are taken care of as God’s power is made perfect in our weaknesses according to 2 Cor.12:9. We no longer need to compare our abilities and disabilities to those of others. We should avoid the comparison trap and focus on the uniqueness and marvelous work of the Creator in our lives.
God has made us and therefore He is in charge of our life’s journey, our future. The text for this month gives us the assurance that God is with us regardless of what we are experiencing in life. At this moment and time we are all subjected to the severe challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of us are facing personal and family trauma, many women and children face violence and abuse, many of our brothers, sisters and children are hungry, homeless and jobless. We might feel that God is far removed from our situation.
This great Psalm brings comfort that God is ever present and aware of all our problems and needs. If we rest in the truth of being fearfully and wonderfully made then our focus will shift from self to God Almighty and to our neighbours in need. We are created to witness, intercede, to share, to comfort and to console, to maintain justice and to constantly do what is right in the sight of God.
In the first four words of this text David gives an offering of thanks directly to God, centered on the Creator and His magnificent work. “I praise you because…I am fearfully and wonderfully made” Let us now in a moment of silent prayer focus on God and complete the sentence “I praise you because…
Let us pray.
Gracious God my deepest desire and prayer is to always give You all the praise and glory for fearfully and wonderfully creating me just as I am in Your image and likeness. Give me the courage and boldness to be a witness of your wonderful deeds in all circumstances of life.
In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
By: Sr Angelene Swart