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.
My f r a m e 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
one of them came to be.
"Search me oh God,
and know my h e a r t.
and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way
and lead me
in the way
E V E R L A S T I N G."
Psalm 139:13-16, 23-24
As I talked about last month, I struggle with body image. I idolize "beauty" and believe the lies of Satan instead of the truth of God.
What we must remember when thinking about beauty, though, is the point. What is the point of beauty? Is the point to make us feel confident? Healthy? Attractive?
I want to answer my questions with scripture, so let's look to Psalm 139. But we must make sure not to use it out of context, for I have heard Psalm 139 used out of context. I've even used it out of context.
We want to take these verses and let them confirm our worth and beauty. We want them to inflate our ego, when the real meaning behind these verses isn't about us.
"You created... you knit...I praise you... your works...made...woven...ordained...written..."
It all points to God.
Not to us.
So the point of beauty isn't about us. The point of our bodies isn't for our pride, confidence, health, or pleasure. It is when we live like beauty is about us that sin roots itself into our ego.
Beauty is about God.
I'm not sure how. I'm not sure how makeup, eating, exercising, clothing, modesty, hair, self-worth, insecurity, and encouragement all fit into this picture of beauty centered on God. I'm not sure how we should treat our temporary, earthly bodies and the beauty placed in them from the ultimate Beauty, God.
But I'm on a mission to find out.
Welcome to Edition 139, a series on beauty that I will post about around once a month. Some posts will explore ideas and some posts will share my five favorite drugstore makeup brands. Some posts will delve into scripture and others will upload a workout video.
In all of these posts, however, I never want to forget the true purpose and definition and point of beauty.
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, I know that full well." (Psalm 139:14)
Comment below what kinds of posts you would like to see in the Edition 139 series? Do you love Psalm 139 as much as I do?