Worshipping God as Women in His Image
We live on a conservation where the canopy of trees stretches back as far as I can see. Sitting on my back porch, I’m immersed in nature. I can hear grasshoppers chirping in unison while the breeze rustles through the leaves. Occasional birds chirp like melodic, timed bells. Wispy white clouds are painted across the vibrant blue sky. When I breathe in deeply, the fragrance of pine and grass overwhelms my senses. When I exhale, I embrace all that He has made around me.
In this space, I am in awe of the wonder of God’s creation and I am drawn to give Him praise.
These precious times that I steal away in His creation, I’m worshipping God as my Creator. The majority of the time when you see “God” in the Old Testament, it is the word in Hebrew, Elohim, being translated. As was the case in Genesis 1:1 (HCSB): “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”.[i] If you haven’t read the creation account in a while, I encourage you to go read it now. Its familiarity to us sometimes diminishes the sheer magnitude of our God who created everything out of nothing, speaking the universe into existence. When you read it, try to slow down and take in each day of creation and all the good that Elohim made.
My favorite part of this account is found in Genesis 1:26–27 (HCSB):
26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”
27 So God created man in His own image;
He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.
He created both man and woman in His image. We are the very image-bearers of God. As women, we showcase God to the world in our own special and distinct way from men. In Genesis 2:18, when God is declaring the creation of woman, He says “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper as his complement” (HCSB). The Hebrew word here for helper is ezer. This same word is used in other parts of the Bible where God helps His people and in John 14:26 to describe the Holy Spirit.
In her book, The Accidental Feminist, Courtney Reissig explains the role of the Holy Spirit and then our role as helper beautifully. She says: “He strengthens us, he enables us to do what God has commanded us to do, he comforts us, he points us to Christ and to worship Christ, and he ministers to us by helping us better understand God’s Word…To be defined as a helper in these terms is in no way derogatory. It is in fact showcasing our value as image-bearers of God. We image God by being a helper to our husbands. We image God by being a helper in our churches. We image God by being a helper with our roommates and coworkers. God defines himself as a helper in Scripture and allows us the opportunity to image him in this way.”[ii]
How does knowing that we are created by God and in His image help us to reflect on who we are?
Not only are we created by God, but we are also made like Him, in a unique and complementary way to men. But it doesn’t diminish our value, just as no part of the Triune God is diminished in value because of their different roles.
Psalm 139:13–14 says, “For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well” (HCSB). We are his works, and His works are wonderful. We are one of His wonderful creations. And we should praise Him because of this.
As women, we tend to be really hard on ourselves. We can easily see what we admire in others, but oftentimes it’s difficult for us to see what we like in ourselves. But God sees in us what we oftentimes don’t see: His own image. Because of this, the Psalmist praises God…and so should we.
When we hear that voice in our head telling us we don’t measure up, we need to counter that voice with praise of our God, praising Him for creating us. By focusing on God as our Creator, and recognizing that we are one of the wonderful works of His hands, we can counter any negative thoughts that tell us we aren’t good enough.
He is our magnificent Creator, we are made in His image, and knowing this leads us to worship and praise Him.
How does reflecting on God as our Creator and knowing that you are created in His image impact you? Does it help you see yourself as He sees you? Does it lead to give Him praise?
[i] Arthur, Kay. Lord I Want to Know You. (Colorado Springs, CO: Waterbrook Press, 2000), 9.
[ii] Reissig, Courtney. The Accidental Feminist. (Wheaton: Crossway, 2015), 34.