In Sunday morning's lesson we talked about God’s awesome work!
The Point: Everything in creation is the work of the God who loves us.
*** QUESTION - Are u the kind of person who walks into a meadow and immediately finds a manure pile? Or do you see the beauty?
--- Today we’re going to talk about finding joy in God’s creation, and recognize just how incredible our universe is that He created.
1 My soul, praise Yahweh! Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with majesty and splendor.2 He wraps Himself in light as if it were a robe, spreading out the sky like a canopy,3 laying the beams of His palace on the waters above, making the clouds His chariot, walking on the wings of the wind,4 and making the winds His messengers, flames of fire His servants.5 He established the earth on its foundations; it will never be shaken.
*** Verse 1 proclaims that God is great. VERY great!
*** Verse 1 also proclaims that God is clothed with majesty and splendor.
*** Verses 2 through 4 describe God's amazing work in creation that reflect God’s:
*** The sky seems to go on forever and is filled with stars and clouds in ever-changing patterns, stretched out as simply as a tent or canopy. If you’ve been our west, look up at night in the clear sky, free of humidity and trees, and be amazed.
*** I get a tired of the lead stories in the news, so I love to check out the science sections instead to see how humanity is still exploring new wonders and learning about just how awesome God’s creation is. For instance:
Scientists at the Univ. of Hawaii said, if you assume a grain of sand has an average size and you calculate how many grains are in a teaspoon and then multiply by all the beaches and deserts in the world, the Earth has roughly 7.5 x 1018 grains of sand, or seven quintillion, five hundred quadrillion grains.
Scientists estimate there are 12 sextillion stars in the universe. That’s 10,000 stars for every grain of sand on our planet. There 100 billion stars just in the Milky Way! If you took a spacecraft at the fastest speed possible now, it would take 75,000 years just to get to the nearest star.
So that makes stars the champions of numerosity, no?
If you took 10 drops of water and counted the number of H2O molecules in those drops, you'd get a number equal to all the stars in the universe.
--- Now think of it this way: Psalm 139:17-18 - “The sum of God’s thoughts toward me number more than the sand.”
*** Amazingly, in all of God's magnificence, majesty and splendor, He has chosen to love you.
PSALM 104: 24-26
24 How countless are Your works, Lord! In wisdom You have made them all; the earth is full of Your creatures. 25 Here is the sea, vast and wide, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small. 26 There the ships move about, and Leviathan, which You formed to play there.
--- QUESTION - How have you seen God's wisdom reflected in the natural world? We don't have to be Bear Grylls to understand the power of the natural world.
--- QUESTIONS - What are some of your favorite natural vacation spots? What is it about that place that makes it your favorite? What vacation moment (even if you were in your own backyard) this summer made you think of the wonder and power of God’s creation?
*** There is a place for everything. Everything in its place. Placed by God.
--- Jeremiah 23:24 – “Can a man hide himself in secret places where I cannot see him?”—the Lord’s declaration. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?”—the Lord’s declaration.
--- He has designed you, created you, and placed you in this life for purpose that will bring you joy as you walk in relationship with Him.
*** QUESTION - What hinders us from recognizing God's continual activity in sustaining creation?
27 All of them wait for You to give them their food at the right time. 28 When You give it to them, they gather it; when You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good things. 29 When You hide Your face, they are terrified; when You take away their breath, they die and return to the dust. 30 When You send Your breath, they are created, and You renew the face of the earth.
*** God's creatures wait for Him. They understand that He is the One who provides food for them. He is providing what they need for life; therefore, they wait for Him.
*** God faithfully provides.
--- The psalmist explained that God provides His creation with food "at the right time." He desires to provide for us on a regular basis, all the time.
--- Just as you give your family good food because you love them, how does God’s provision show His love?
*** Verses 28-30 stress how God acts: "You give ... You open Your hand ... You hide ... You take away ... You send ... You renew."
--- He is powerful. He is powerful enough to speak things into existence. God spoke, it exists. He is wise. He designed every detail of the earth and its’ inhabitants precisely and perfectly, working in perfect rhythm and harmony in relationship with one another. God is also a loving God. He sustains that which He created out of love for His special creation, mankind.
*** QUESTION - How do we savor God as our Creator and appreciate His work?
LIVE IT OUT
--- How we think of God has much to do with how we think of ourselves. We need to see ourselves as the creation of Almighty God with a purpose. (Adrian Rogers)
How can we respond to the work of God as our Creator?
*** Enjoy God's creation. - Make it a point to get outside and enjoy different elements of God's creation. Allow the natural world to serve as a launching point for your communication with God, your Creator.
*** Give thanks. - Make a list this week of everything you're thankful for in your life. Be sure not to skimp - make it a long list! Then spend time expressing your thanks to God.
*** Love others. - Because God loves you, seek out an opportunity to reflect God's love to someone who needs it in the days to come.