God created the heavens and the earth, but out of what?

Before you dig too deeply into the Psalm, ask your child to think of some things that people have created. They may mention houses, cars, movies, etc. Remind them that each of these things had to be made from other things. Houses are made from bricks and wood. Cars are made from metal and rubber and plastic. Drive home the point that humans can only create things from other things. Then, ask what kind of things God has created.

They may come up with any number of objects – people, plants, the stars, etc. Once they’ve thought of some things, ask what God made these things out of. Did God have to create the stars from other light sources? Did he have to collect a bunch of dirt and lump it together to form a planet? No, God made all things from nothing.

As Genesis says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). And that includes everything!

He didn’t need other things to create, like we do. God speaks and the creation responds. Find something in nature – something God created – and point to it. Remind your child that God created that thing as well as all of the stars, the sun, the moon, and everything else by simply speaking it into existence. And this is why the heavens declare God’s glory so clearly.

Every time we look up at the night sky, we see God’s handiwork. His fingerprints are everywhere. This is a great verse to memorize and reflect on. I would encourage you to use it often with your children. Help them to look at the world as God’s creation by pointing out things he has made and worshiping him for those things. Cultivate a worshipful atmosphere in your home. And every chance you get, give God glory for his creation. The more you do it, the more your child will want to join you.

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