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Christmas Card From God (2 of 4)
Series: Celebrating God's Gifts
OPEN: How many of you send out Christmas cards?
There was a woman who had waited until the last minute to send Christmas cards. She knew she had 49 folks on her list. So she rushed into a store and bought a package of 50 cards without really looking at them.
Still in a big hurry, she addressed the 49 and signed them without reading the message inside.
On Christmas Day when things had quieted down somewhat, she happened to come across the leftover card and finally read the message she had sent to 49 of her friends. Much to her dismay, it read like this: "This card is just to say a little gift is on the way."
Suddenly she realized that 49 of her friends were expecting a gift from her they were never going to get.
APPLY: Unlike that unfortunate woman … God HAS sent us gifts.
As James 1:17 says: "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."
I. Psalm 104 describes for us one of the 1st gifts God gave to us - Creation
"God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Genesis 1:26-28
God created the world for us. It was given to us to take care of.
That woman who had sent out Christmas cards had sent them as a message of her love for her friends.
And, that's how David viewed creation.
When he wrote Psalm 104 - he was marveling at God's gift of creation and it spoke to him of just how much God cared for him.
ILLUS: I can picture David up on a hillside with the family sheep feeling the wind on his face, watching the trees blow in the wind. Sitting up on a hillside looking down the Mediterrane ...
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