Psalm 139:14

by Carrie Raab on January 9, 2012

Psalm 139:14

14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

I love Psalm 139.  It is one of my favorite Psalms.  I remember memorizing this verse with my niece when she was in elementary school, and that was well over 16 years ago.  This is a powerful Psalms and one we should not only memorize, but meditate on until it penetrates our heart and mind.  When you memorize and meditate on Scripture it is not for mere memorizing and head knowledge, it is to pierce deep into the core of your being and awaken your heart and soul.  God illuminates His word through the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word is alive and active.

Let’s dive deeper into Psalms 139:14 and dissect the verse

psalm 139:14


The Lord says that YOU are FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made. Do you say that back to the Lord praising Him for how wonderfully made you are?  How many of you actually, truly believe that?  Did you grow up in a home feeling loved, wanted, and even accepted? When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you think, feel and believe you are fearfully and wonderfully made? It is easy to say it and repeat the verse, but do you truly believe it in your HEART? That, my friend, is the difference.  If you can say it, but you don’t honestly believe it, please spend some time praying this verse over yourself until you begin to believe what God says about you. Once you believe what God says, the TRUTH, you will be able to praise Him and believe that you are fearfully and wonderfully made!

The word ‘praise’ in Hebrew means worship and thanksgiving.  It is a high praise!  Give God your highest praise and thanks for how he created you!  Another verse in Psalm 139 says that God knit you together in your mother’s womb.  That means that you were NO accident!  God perfectly designed and created you and you were brought into this world for a purpose!  There are no mistakes with God.  If you were ever told you were an ‘accident’, ‘un-planned’, or any other negative word, please discard those from your heart and KNOW that GOD planned you! He created you for a plan and a purpose! You are here to fulfill all the days of your life on the earth glorifying the Lord and doing His will.

I believe many of us, especially women, have a hard time believing this wonderful truth about ourselves.  It is because of the sin of comparison and the fear of man, fear of rejection, and the man pleasing spirit that has robbed us of the truth of God’s word.  I have been there myself.  I am here to say that I spent 3 decades of my life not believing this about myself.  I knew what God’s word said and I knew He perfectly created me and I was created in His image, dearly loved, however, I could’t praise Him believing I truly was.  Sure, I said it, agreed to the verse, but I had zero belief in my heart and mind that I was fearfully and wonderfully made.  I looked at myself through ‘my’ eyes, and never could see myself through my ‘Daddy’s/Abba Father’s eyes.  I was always focused on my flaws, the outward appearance and even knowing the verse in Samuel that says God looks at the heart and not the outward appearance, I couldn’t get that through my prideful self.  I say pride, because low self-esteem is pride.  Fear of man is pride.  Fear of rejection is pride.  Man pleasing is pride.  God had a lot of work to do in my heart and my mind! (Praise God I can now say, I am fearfully and wonderfully made!! I have been redeemed and my heart, mind and soul have been healed of this lie of believing the opposite).

God has fearfully and wonderfully made man

God has uniquely and beautifully created man.  Just think about how God designed our bodies to function.  That alone is a mystery.  Only God could create our bodies to function and operate as they do! I love anatomy and studying our bodies because it shows the vastness of our creator God and how he perfectly knit us together.  It is mind boggling if you really think of how your heart pumps, how you breathe involuntarily, how your blood begins to clot after you get a wound, and on an on.

Your soul consists of your mind, will and emotions.  Has your mind been renewed by the Word of God?  Think of your soul like the valve on a faucet: It controls the rate and volume of the flow of the spirit into your body. If your mind is renewed and in agreement with the Word, the valve is wide open. But if it is in agreement with what your body is feeling or what your emotions are experiencing, then the valve is closed to God’s life in your spirit. Your spirit is alive and has been made new, but your soul hasn’t.  It is your soul that needs to line up with the Word of God and be healed and whole. Talking about the soul is a study in and of itself. 

How do you interpret Psalm 139:14?

 Has it been a life changing verse for you?  For further reading and insight, read my article called, “What Do You See in the Mirror?”  Simply click on it.  May it bless and encourage you. Share your thoughts with me on the Word of God. Do you cling to this verse, like me?  

I’d love to hear from you! :)

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Create With Joy March 19, 2012 at 12:24 am

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful post at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! This was one of my favorite posts this week!

I look forward to reading more of your inspirational writing and hope you’ll share more with us this week at Inspire Me Monday!



Carrie Raab March 19, 2012 at 1:50 am

Hey Ramona! Awww… thanks for the kind words! I love your blog and visit it a couple times each week. I would love to share again. Thanks for reading my post! Have a great week! Blessings!


Shanda Oakley February 22, 2012 at 3:09 am

This verse is one we use with children but I find I need it more and more as I get older! thank you.
Thanks also for linking with On Your Heart Tuesday


Carrie Raab February 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Thank you Shanda! Yes, this verse has been one that has helped transform my life-wanting to instill this truth into my children at a young age so they are not battling it as adults! Bless you!


Denise February 21, 2012 at 9:44 pm



frontporchdevotions February 1, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I love the verse and your reflections on it! To give God the “high” praise. Giving God my best praise – being thankful for who I am. Sometimes that is tough. We tend to focus on all of our failings or failings perceived by others.


Carrie Raab February 2, 2012 at 6:49 pm

You are absolutely correct. We focus on what ‘we’ think, verses how our creator God thinks! It is a mind shift that has to take place. It isn’t easy. Thank you so much for your feedback. Blessings to you!


Dianna Kennedy January 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Carrie –
what a wonderful reflection on a beautiful verse! Psalms is an amazing treasure!

Thanks so much for stopping by Saints and Scripture Sunday! So glad we met!


Carrie Raab January 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Hey Dianna! Thank you for your love for the Lord and our sharing hearts! Thanks for reading my post and your comment. It is one of my favorite verses. Blessings be upon you!


peggy aplSEEDS January 16, 2012 at 3:52 am

i love this verse and recently made some painting inspired by it. thanks for sharing. always good to be reminded!


Carrie Raab January 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Peggy, I sure would love to see the painting. That is awesome! Thanks for reading my post. I appreciate the feedback. Bless you!


peggy aplSEEDS January 28, 2012 at 2:26 am

here is my post about the paintings, Carrie. hope you like them!

Charlotte January 13, 2012 at 2:56 am

I am constantly amazed at how intricate the human body is. How in the world anyone could believe that life just “happened” is way beyond me. It is important for children to grow up feeling good about themselves and being loved unconditionally. Even when that is not the case, we can know that God loves us and He knows everything about us. He knows more than we know about ourselves. Thank you for pointing out these truths in such a powerful way.


Carrie Raab January 13, 2012 at 3:00 am

Hey Charlotte! Thanks so much for commenting on my blog! You are absolutely right! God loves us all and may we learn to love as He loves! That is a wild thought, “as much as we know ourselves, He still knows us more!” Humbling! Blessings to you! :)


Esther Joy January 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Yes, thank you for reminding me that I need to “say that back to the Lord praising Him for how wonderfully made” I am! It’s easier to see others “wonderfully made” than myself!


Carrie Raab January 10, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Hey Esther Joy! It is definitely a life changing transformation when you can believe it about yourself! It is so easy to believe and see it about others, but God loves us all and shows no favoritism, so receive those words my friend! Bless you and thank you so much for reading my blog and commenting! :) I appreciate the feedback!!!


Angie January 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm

I had never thought of this verse this way. I certainly need to get in line! Thank you for writing what God has laid on your heart.


Carrie Raab January 9, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Hey Angie! Thank you for reading my post and commenting. It is beautiful how God opens our hearts and minds to the word of God and how he uses us to speak to one another, through His word and by the power of his Holy Spirit to transform us into his image. Iron sharpens iron! I love getting feedback and hearing how God is speaking to us all. Thanks for stopping by and may you be encouraged today knowing that you are fearfully and wonderfully made!


Carrie Raab January 28, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Hey Peggy! Oh, thanks so much for sharing your link! I know all will be so grateful to see it! Bless you!


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