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Sunday School Lesson - Bible Studies for Life
Aug. 24: God's Word of Creation
By Gene Nelson
pastor, Russellville Baptist, Russellville


Focal Passage: Psalm 104:1-5, 24-30


Evolution versus “Intelligent Design” has been the source for many discussions and arguments. I would dare say that the debate over this issue will continue until Christ returns and brings perfect clarity to all things. However, there is no debate in the Word of God about this issue. The sovereign God of the universe wonderfully and lovingly created it all. 

God is worthy of worship! That is joyfully expressed as the writer of this Psalm begins and ends with worship! It is significant to recognize that the God who created the wonders of the universe is still the God who knows you and me. He is Jehovah, the personal God revealed to man. 

However, the thought here in verse one carries the additional meaning “Jehovah Himself.” See, God is not worthy of worship because He is the awesome Creator. He is not just worthy of worship because of the sacrificial giving of His Son for our salvation. The essence of all true worship is that God is worthy of worship just because He is God! 

He is worthy of praise because of the splendor of creation. Have you ever been out in an open field, away from the light of the city, and simply looked up? Wow! Just looking at the expanse of the universe, the brilliance of the stars and planets, one cannot help but be in awe of who God is. The first thing God created was light. The brilliance of pure light is a vivid image of His holiness revealing His Shekinah glory. His royalty is evidenced as He rides upon the clouds and commands the winds where to blow. I cannot read these verses without the words of the hymn coming to my mind, “Oh Lord My God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made. I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder; Thy power throughout the universe displayed.” 

He is also worthy of praise because of the wisdom of creation. Verse 24 tells us that Earth contains God’s possessions. First, the Psalmist takes to an oceanic display. As far as the eye can see is the power and beauty of this possession. Truth is that man still does not know the extent of the marvels held in the depths of the sea. And yet, there is nothing more majestic than a sunset or sunrise upon the horizon! Then, this tour continues to include the living creatures God has placed within the ocean.

Can you imagine the fun God had as the Creative Creator of the universe making the wonderful living creatures? Now, man has designed some fascinating science fiction life-forms (ever seen Star Wars?). However, these are nothing compared to what God has created. Consider animals like the hippopotamus, platypus, blowfish, sawfish, and swordfish. The Psalmist even mentions “Leviathan” as an example of God’s creative display. 

Now, there is speculation about this sea creature. The word means “to twist or to writhe.” Maybe it speaks of the crocodile or possibly the Great White Shark. Who knows, maybe it is the Loch Ness Monster. While it is not known the specific animal, the Word tells us that the sea is Leviathan’s playground, made expressly for him.

There is great comfort in knowing that God controls it all. From beginning of life, to the provision to sustain, to death itself, God is there. John Phillips puts it best when he states, “Every new life on this earth comes from God. The concept strikes at the very roots of the theory of evolution, which sees all earthly life as the end result of a random working of the forces of chance. ‘Nonsense!’ says the psalmist.”

— Nelson is pastor of Russellville Baptist Church, Russellville.

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