Family Bible Study lesson for Nov. 7: God is Awesome! : Friday, Oct. 15, 2004
October 15 2004 by Robert Hunter

Family Bible Study lesson for Nov. 7: God is Awesome! : Friday, Oct. 15, 2004
Friday, Oct. 15, 2004

Family Bible Study lesson for Nov. 7: God is Awesome!

By Robert Hunter
Focal Passage: Psalm 104:1-5, 13-15, 24, 27-30

The universe is a complex and wonderful creation. It takes a beam of light traveling at some 700 million miles per hour more than 100,000 years to cover the distance of the Milky Way. Our earth is traveling around its own axis at 1,000 mph On the tip of a ballpoint pen there are enough atoms, that if they were an army marching four abreast, it would take more than 20,000 years for them to march past.

Albert Einstein estimated that the total amount of energy released from one ounce of water could lift 200 million tons of steel one mile above the earth. There are some 75 trillion cells in the body of an average person. The total length of a DNA strand in one cell is six feet.

This universe is indeed complex. Yet, many people are so influenced by secular culture that they believe all of this was brought about by natural selection - that all these complexities are brought about by chance and accident. That all these complexities have no thought behind them - there is no "great cause" behind them.

The Bible is in direct opposition to such beliefs.

In the beginning God created the world and all the things and complexities in it. The creation calls out for our attention and for us to acknowledge a great Creator. God wants us to know Him - our awesome God, the Creator - and praise Him.

The Psalmist understood the need to praise God. He leads us in our lesson and points out the awesome qualities of our God and Creator.

Awesome Creator

Psalm 104:1-5

God is the One who creates. The Psalmist called the totality of himself to praise God. After doing this he pictured God clothed in the majesty of creation itself: light is His robe, the heavens are held above for splendor and ornamentation, the clouds, wind, lightning bolts and angels are His servants.

Awesome Provider

Psalm 104:13-15

God is the One who makes things available. Since God is the awesome Creator, the earth was created by His word and subject to His control. He speaks and chaos moves into place. The winds and waves obey Him. Streams and rain provide water for vegetation and life. Grass and crops provide sustenance for people and animals. God is an awesome Provider.

Awesome Sustainer

Psalm 104:24, 27-30

God is the One who maintains existence. It was God who said: "Let it ..." bring forth life or exist. It is God who continues to see that it is done. All things come to life at His word and continue to have life at His word. If God were to hold His breath then life would cease.

Rich Mullins had it right when he wrote: "There is thunder in His footsteps and lightning in His fists. He reigns from heaven above with wisdom, power and love. He spoke to the darkness and created light. Our God is an awesome God."

Since God formed His creation with His own breath, He has steadfastly sought us. Despite the fact that humans almost immediately disobeyed, He has sought ways to restore creation and Creator: He made a covenant with Abraham; He gave us the rainbow; He called Moses and led the Israelites out of Egypt; He gave the Commandments and the Law; He called His prophets to proclaim the Word; He cheated death and judgment so we wouldn't have to face it; and He gave His only Son that we should not have to perish.

The Psalmist acknowledged this with praise. How about us? Do we really accept the awesomeness of God? What kind of people are we? Do we acknowledge God as the great Creator, Provider and Sustainer when we gather for worship? Do we really gather for worship or do we gather for some other reason?

I am afraid too often we offer a few feeble "thank-you's" and very little else. We need to gather for worship as the Psalmist did, privately and corporately, and recognize God for who He is.

Our God is an awesome God!

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