THE SUNDAY SCHOOL OVERVIEW WILL FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE LESSON EACH WEEK. BIBLICAL TRANSLATIONS WILL VARY, BUT THE MAIN RESOURCE WILL BE THE TOWNSEND PRESS SUNDAY SCHOOL COMMENTARY, 96th EDITION. THIS FEATURE IS DESIGNED TO BE OF HELP TO THOSE WHO CANNOT ATTEND THEIR LOCAL CHURCH AND/OR SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Lesson Title: ALL CREATION PRAISES GOD
Adult/Young Adult Topic: GLOBAL APPLAUSE
Printed Text: PSALM 148:1-14
Key Verse: Psalm 148:5 (NIV)
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for at his command they were created.
Source: Townsend Press Sunday School Commentary – 96th Edition, 2016-2017
UNIFYING LESSON PRINCIPLE:
WE think that nature exists for our benefit alone. For what purpose was the world created? The psalmist commanded every element of creation to join the chorus of praise for all that God has created.
The psalm opens with eight repetitions o the word “praise” in the first four verses. Notice that the instructions to praise appear not to address us as humanity, but to focus on all that is above us—from the Heavens, in the heights, all his angels, all his host, sun and moon, all you shining stars, highest heavens and waters above. In verse 7 the instruction to praise is given to humanity! The command seems so simple, yet when put into the practice in our daily lives or our weekly worship it can become so complicated.
The power of the psalm is its teaching that praising God is not a matter of subjective feelings, but a requirement of instinctive faith. Our gratitude to God should respond to His faithfulness with praise that is faith-dependent, and not feelings-centered.
LORD, we praise your holy and righteous name not only for all you have done, but also for your simply being who you are! Thank you for thinking of us in Creation and for remembering us with your provision. We do not want any part of creation to honor you and praise you more than us. You are our great God and we praise your name! In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.