Sunday School Material 9-1-13: God Creates



(Psalm 104:5-9, 24-30; 9/1/13)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that God is the creator and sustainer of the Earth and they that dwell there in. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to live like we believe that God is the creator and sustainer.

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Body:

Read Psalm 104:5-9

I. Sovereign Power. In our Sunday School material the writer talks about God being the architect of the Earth. Water was rebuked and moved from above to below the mountains. An uncrossable boundary is set between the water and the mountain tops.

Applications -

- God the creator and designer. Notice in vs. 5 that God is the creator and designer of our world. The world did not simply appear out of a random “bang.” God designed the world and has kept it throughout the ages. Let’s worship and obey God like He is really the creator and designer of our world.

To say He is the creator and designer of our world and then show more excitement about football than the Lord and to spend more on our cloths than we give to the Lord is so inconsistent.

- Responding to God’s rebuke. Notice in vs. 7 of the Sunday School material that the water responds to the Lord’s rebuke with obedience. It is sad to see how compliant water is when compared to those of us who claim to be Christians.

The water heard and obeyed the word of the Lord, even when it was a rebuking word. But too often, we behave as if we are so offended by God’s rebuke and still fail to obey.

Let’s learn to obey God’s rebuke. At the end of the day, God is calling us to accept Christ as our savior and live lives known for loving God and others, as we love ourselves.

- God the governor. Notice in vs. 9 that God is the great governor of the world. He makes assignments and set boundaries. On one hand, we should be thankful that the world is not simply operating by random act after random act. God is sitting up high, looking down low, and keeping things in order.

On the other hand, we should live accordingly. Since God sees, we should be known for obedience. It is similar to driving down the highway. No matter how clear the road looks, we would do well to drive close to the speed limit, especially when the state troopers are in view. Let’s live like we appreciate God’s governing our world.

Read Psalm 104:24-30

II. Sustaining Care. In the Sunday School material the writer talks about God being the creator of so many works. The sea is full of God’s works. God is the source of provision for all creatures. God is the sustainer of all the He has created.

Applications -

- God and the Laviathan. Notice in vs. 26 that even the Laviathan is under God’s control. There is debate about what is a Laviathan. It appears to be some kind of large and scary sea creature. The good news is that no matter what it is, it is no match for God. 

In like fashion, no matter how large and scary the challenges of our lives may appear to us, they are no match for God. God is larger and stronger.

Let’s live like we believe that God is bigger and stronger than anything we may encounter. Such living should be known for more confidence in God than fear of what we see or expect.

- Life and death, in the hand of God. Notice in vss. 27-29 of the Sunday School material that life and death are in the hands of God. First, we should be thankful that God is both able to take care of His creatures and cares enough to do so. Some people have great ability but little concern. Others are concerned, but they lack ability. God has ability and concern.

Second, surely if God takes care of the animals, we can count on Him to take care of His people. After all, God sent His Son to die for His people, not the lions, tigers, and bears.

Third, God also has death in His hands. There are some people who are so hateful to us. When we are tempted to be hateful to them in return, we should remind ourselves that God has life and death. Some things are better left for God to handle.

Let’s live like we believe that God has life and death in His hands. Such living should be known for confident, joyful, and obedient living, instead of always fearing that our provisions will run out or thinking we have to fight all of our battles alone.

- Renewal. Notice in vs. 30 of the Sunday School material that God is able to renew. Nothing is over, until God says that it is over. This is especially true, in light of God’s ability to renew that which has died or has become warn out. Let’s live like we believe that God is able to renew.

Such living should be known for confidently obeying God, even when we cannot explain how we are going to make it. Often times we just have to keep walking by faith and trusting God to make a way or renew a way, as we go.

Conclusion: Let’s work on living like we believe that God is the creator and sustainer. God has much for those who obey His will.

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