Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 1/20/2008

Yesterday’s message in the God’s Good Creation Series was called Knowing God through His Creation, taken from Psalm 19:1-6.

Psalm 19:1-6: The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat. (NIV)

The main idea of the message was that all of creation testifies to God’s goodness and glory. Here is the outline of the message:

I. God’s creation declares his glory. (1-2)
    A. The heavens speak forth the praises of God.
    B. The heavens reveal knowledge of God to man.
    C. God’s testimony to himself in creation is unmistakable.
        1) It is continuous.
        2) It is abundant.
        3) It is universal.

II. God’s creation speaks to all people everywhere. (3-4)
    A. There is no language barrier – it is understood by all.
    B. There is no volume barrier – it is heard by all.
    C. There is no distance barrier – it is given to all.

III. The sun is an example of God’s revelation in creation. (5-6)
    A. The sun is seen by all on earth.
        1) The sun is like a groom coming out of his chamber.
        2) The sun is like a champion running his race.

    B. The sun serves all who live on earth.
        1) It provides light and heat for everyone.
        2) It testifies to a good and powerful and gracious God.

Two warnings, one reminder, one action point:
    1) Do not mistake nature for God.
    2) Do not mistake nature for Christ.
    3) Remember that the present creation is distorted by sin.
    4) Learn to know and enjoy God through his creation.

Note: To read the complete message, go to the Sermons tab at the top of the blog.

3 Comments

  1. Greg Watkins says:

    Mr. Fowler,

    I really enjoyed your teaching on creation, even though I’m looking back at a series you did nearly 10 years ago (I apologize as I’m brand new to your site). I’ve always felt that creation, whether out on a hike, or just looking up at the night sky, somehow drew me into wanting to express myself in prayer, praise, and worship of the Lord.

    I understand not looking to creation as something to be worshiped in itself, but I always feel the prompting to a deeper worship of the Lord when I’m in nature, especially when I’m alone with my thoughts, and can’t help but have my thoughts drawn to the Lord when I’m in His creation.

    I have always been taken with the form, design, and purpose of the heavens as well. In the Bible where it talks of “…signs and seasons, days and years…”, I understand that to mean, in my experience, how you can utilize the placing of the stars to just orient yourself directionally, (for instance finding Polaris by using that portion of Ursa Major or the Big Bear that we call the Big Dipper). And that just witnesses to me how the Lord, in the days before compasses and GPS, made a way for us to orient ourselves on a clear night.

    I have always wanted to see if some mathematician who deals in randomness and probabilities could assess the groupings of stars in the heavens, and determine the likelihood or probability of the stars to orient themselves in the easily observable and recognizable shapes and forms of the constellations we see. Those who would look to the heavens and dismiss them as random groupings of stars would be hard pressed, I would think, to say the great constellations of Orion, or Ursa Major, or any of the myriad others, are so randomly placed. To me, those specific groupings of stars speak also of the hand of God, purposed in their placement, showing shapes and figures for our amusement and even entertainment, as we look to the great displays of an awesome God.

    Please, don’t mistake me for being overly taken with the heavens. I certainly don’t look to them to determine my future, or give me guidance. I take them for what they are, and as you discussed in your sermons on Ps. 19.

    Thank you.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Greg – Thank you for sharing your appreciation for God’s handiwork in the sky. I also love the stars and the night sky. Hope you are enjoying the super moon! Blessings in Christ, Ray Fowler

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