Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Embracing Our True Identity

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made: Embracing Our True Identity


Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Life has a peculiar way of reminding us of our unique identity, doesn’t it? It’s a journey of self-discovery, marked by moments of self-doubt, comparison, and the gradual realization that our worth is more than skin deep. I’ve often been fascinated by this adventure and the twists and turns it brings. Psalm 139:13-14 has been a guiding light throughout my own journey, shedding insight into my self-worth and identity.

For many of us, we’ve encountered those moments that resonate deeply, moments when harsh words pierce our hearts like arrows, or when the world’s standards threaten to drown us in a sea of self-doubt. It’s as if society has set up a measuring stick for success, and unless you fit into a certain mold, you’re left feeling like you don’t quite measure up. These cultural norms, combined with unkind remarks from others, can cast a long shadow over our self-esteem.

I can recall a particularly vivid memory from my school days, a time when I felt my self-worth hanging in the balance. It was during a candid discussion amongst friends when I overheard someone saying, “She’s cute, but she’s chubby,” in reference to me. I brushed it off with a nonchalant remark about the individual’s appearance, but I couldn’t ignore the sting. That single comment latched onto my thoughts, infiltrating my perception of self. In that moment, the world’s voice seemed to overshadow my own sense of identity.

However, the psalmist’s words in Psalm 139 offer a perspective distinct from the world’s judgments. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. As I’ve meditated on these verses, I’ve come to realize that they hold a profound truth: we are God’s masterpieces, skillfully created, and divinely loved. In the eyes of our Creator, our worth is unshakable and not determined by external standards. We are unique, complex, and precious works of art, handcrafted by the Master Artist.

In a society that often dictates the terms of beauty, success, and accomplishment, we may sometimes forget to celebrate our inherent value. The world’s expectations tempt us to pursue an elusive perfection, leaving us perpetually dissatisfied and anxious. We may feel pressured to force ourselves into a predetermined shape to fit the cultural mold.

But here’s the truth that anchors my soul: our worth transcends society’s judgments. We are marvelously set apart, created in God’s image. His works are wonderful, and we should know that full well. Our beauty lies in our individuality, and our worth is deeply embedded in our relationship with our Creator. It’s a message that challenges the world’s definitions, inviting us to embrace our unique identities with confidence.

I’ve learned to mute the voices of comparison and self-criticism, recognizing that they only serve to hold me back. It’s a truth that Maria Goff eloquently captures when she says, “The only way to silence the voice of comparison is to name it for what it is and then completely ignore it.” When I choose to listen to God’s voice over the world’s, I see myself as fearfully and wonderfully made, a masterpiece uniquely designed by Him.

The words in verse 17 of Psalm 139 tell us that God’s plans for us are beyond our comprehension and uncountable. It’s a reminder that we are part of a grand design, a design we often fail to comprehend fully. But it doesn’t matter if we can’t grasp it all. What matters is that we trust the Artist who created us and continue to walk the journey of discovering who He says we are.

Embrace the truth that you are marvelously set apart, uniquely designed to be you. When we choose to celebrate ourselves and others and release the pressure of comparison, we step into the freedom of being the beautiful, unique individuals that God created us to be. 


Have you ever experienced moments of self-doubt or comparison that challenged your sense of identity? How did you overcome these moments, and what perspective from Psalm 139:13-14 can help you in those situations?

In what ways can you encourage others to embrace their unique identities and worth, shifting the focus from societal standards to the truth that they are fearfully and wonderfully made by God?