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Weekly message from Neighborhood Church: Honored and marvelous

Psalms 139:13-14 For You (God) formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

A number of years ago I was out with a few people for lunch to enjoy some time together and some amazing fish tacos! As we were waiting for our meal, the little preschool daughter of one in our group was enjoying being out with all of us, chatting and loving the attention. We were told she was late for her nap and soon would begin to shut down. She did, and crawled up in her daddy’s arms, nestled in, and went fast asleep. She did not wake up even as her dad went to get their meal, nor did she wake up through our conversation or the volume of the restaurant. She was perfectly at peace in her father’s arms.

This little sleeping angel was perfectly at peace because her dad and mom love her dearly. I have known this couple for years and they are wonderful people and amazing parents. They properly esteem their kids and hold them as precious gifts from God.

As she was sleeping away, I could not help but smile knowing the great blessing she has in that she will constantly be reminded that she is honored and marvelous. The Bible is clear in Psalm 139:13-14 that we are all ‘fearfully and wonderfully made.’ We are all hand crafted by God inside our moms in honored, reverent respect. That is what the ‘fearfully’ means from Psalm 139:14. We were not just thrown together with no thought. Each of us are crafted with careful, artistic intensity that reflects our Creator.

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Psalm 8:3-5 When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You (God) have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

We are distinguished, extraordinary, set apart as special and miraculous, a marvelous creation of God! This is what the word ‘wonderfully’ means from Psalm 139:14. Yep, you are both honored and marvelous.

Psalm 139:15-17 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!

Oh, that we would believe this great truth that we are honored and marvelous. Sure, still keeping a humble and gracious attitude that does not think we are deity, and the world should revolve around us, but to let the truth soak in that God holds us in honored, reverent respect, being knit together with careful, artistic intensity. Because you are honored and marvelous!!

Church can be a place where we are reminded of our humble, honored and marvelous nature. If you don’t have a church, you regularly attend we would like to invite you to view or visit Neighborhood Church. Our website has all the information you need for times and locations of all our Sunday gatherings. We would love for you to join in. You can also find us online at neighborhoodchurch.com. As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings or videos, visit our YouTube channel, or just search Neighborhood Church Cypress or Neighborhood Church Los Alamitos on their YouTube site. Let’s be thankful!

Being reminded of our honored and marvelous nature along with you,

Mike