Sunday School Material 1-22-17: Praise God the Creator





(Psalm 104:1-4, 24-30; 1/22/17)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God is very great. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to revisit God being very great and our living accordingly.

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Body:

Read Psalm 104:1-4

I. Greatness of God. In our Sunday School material the writer talks about praising the Lord. The Lord is very great. There are a number of poetic comparisons like the Lord being clothed with splendor, being wrapped in light, and using clouds as chariots.

Applications -

- Unconditional praise. Notice in vs. 1 that the Lord is to be praised. We should praise the Lord because He is worthy. Our praise should not be held hostage by how we feel. Sometimes we feel like it and sometimes we don’t, but we should continue to praise our praise worthy God. Let’s work on giving God our unconditional praise.

- God is very great. Notice in vss. 1-3, 24-26 that the Lord is in a category all by Himself. He is not just great, but He is very great. Verse 3 talks about God being over the winds and fire (i.e., may be references to angles).

Verses 24-26 talks about God being the creator. It is one thing to say God is very great with our mouths. It is another to live accordingly. How we live says more about how we see God than what we say. Let’s live like God is very great. Such living should be known for obeying and trusting Him.

Read Psalm 104:24-26

II. Greatness of God’s Works. The writer talks about the works of the Lord in our Sunday School material. In wisdom, the Lord created the creatures of the Earth. The Lord created the animals of the sea.

Applications –

- Carrying out good deeds. Notice in vss. 24 that God carried out great deeds. In like manner, as people of God we should be known for carrying out good works that bring glory to God. We should be intentional about helping people to get saved and growing in the Lord (i.e., inviting and bringing people to worship and growth groups).

We should be intentional about responding to the needs of people (i.e., community involvement vision), in ways that bring glory to God. In order for God to get the glory, we need to talk about how He moves and equips us for service, as opposed to our simply being good hearted people. Let’s work on producing good works for the Lord’s glory.

Read Psalm 104:27-30

III. Goodness of God’s Works. In our Sunday School material, we see the creatures are dependent on the Lord. He provides both food and breath. When He supplies, they live. But when He withholds, they die.

Applications –

- Sustaining power. Notice in vss. 27-29 that creation is dependent on the continued care of the Creator. If God gives food and breath, the animals live. But if God withholds, the animals die.

This is not only true of animals, it is also true for humanity and all of creation. God is not only our creator; He is also our sustainer. Let’s live like we know that God sustains us. Such living should be known for obeying Him and trusting Him to take care of His own.

- Renewing power. Notice in vs. 30 that God has renewing power. There may be some things in our lives that we don’t want to die (e.g., our churches, our communities, our jobs, etc.). But thank God, if they do die, God is able to renew them or create something in their place.

We don’t have to be hopeless when things look dead in our lives. God has renewing power. Let’s live like we believe that God has renewing power. Such living should be known for not only obedience and trust, but also expectation.

Conclusion: Let’s work on revisiting God being very great and our living accordingly. God has much for those who obey His will.

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