Fearfully And Wonderfully Made
November 1, 2010
Psalm 139:14 says, "I praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
This verse talks about our bodies and how perfectly they are created. It tells us how wonderfully our physical bodies are made. This idea of "fearfully" means that we have respect for what God has made. God has made something (our bodies) that show just how smart and powerful God is. The word "wonderfully" agrees that what God has created is good.
The human body is one of the most complicated things God has created in the world. We are not just eyes, legs, arms, hands, feet, ears and head. Our bodies are created in a way that all parts work together at one time. We can work our hands while our feet are moving, our mouths are talking and we are thinking about something else. At the same time all of this is happening on the outside, our insides are working also. Our kidneys are cleaning out impurities, our stomach is digesting food, our blood is bringing air to our organs, and the brain is directing all this action.
What mind it must have taken to make such a being! We look at a beautiful piece of wood work or beautiful craft or sewing item and see the ability it took to make it. Should we not be amazed at our creator for making something as complicated as the human body? Every part of the body, down to the smallest part, shows that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.
The human brain is an amazing organ, fearfully and wonderfully made. It has the ability to learn, reason, and control so many automatic functions of the body; such as heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. The brain also can maintain our balance to walk, run, stand, and sit, all while concentrating on something else. Each time your heart beats it is because your brain tells it to. You can imagine what would happen if the brain simply stopped telling the heart to beat. It is more than just telling the heart to beat. The brain sends an electrical signal to an organ called the "sinus node". The sinus node then sends the signal in just the right way to the heart. If the sinus node does not communicate with the heart, the heart will stop beating.
The brain also has an amazing ability to adapt. In an experiment, when people put on glasses that made the world seem upside down, their brains quickly reinterpreted the information they were being given to perceive the world as "right-side-up." When others were blindfolded for long periods of time, the "vision center" of the brain soon began to be used for other functions. When people move to a house near a railroad, soon the sound of the trains is soon filtered out by their brains. People get to the point where they hear the train but do not realize it and they go on as if the train does not exist.
Truly, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. How grateful we are to know the Creator-through His Son, Jesus Christ-and to marvel not only at His knowledge but also at His love.
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