This week we will look at a few psalms to see how people wrote the Book of Psalms, or songs, to God to worship Him and praise Him for who He is. Some of the psalms celebrate God’s goodness. Some of the psalms are requests by God’s people for God to provide and protect them. Still other psalms express the people’s awareness of their sin or ask God why He does what He does.
In the Old Testament, whenever God’s people cried out for mercy and forgiveness, praised God, or thanked Him, God heard their prayers. He promised to answer them, and He did when He sent His Son, Jesus. Jesus meets our greatest need by providing salvation from sin so we can be forgiven and have eternal life.
Help your kids understand that God delights in hearing from us. Encourage them to be real with God in how they talk with Him and to share their joys, sorrows, and questions with Him. Remind them that God hears their prayers and that God has already given our greatest need—Jesus.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
● Babies and Toddlers
- God is good.
- People wrote songs to worship God.
- We read the psalms in the Bible.
- Some psalms told about God’s plan to send Jesus.
- Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is good.
- People wrote songs to praise God.
- Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.
- Psalms are basically special songs to God.
- People wrote songs to praise God because of who He is.
- People wrote songs about how God views sin.
- People wrote songs to remember what God had done for them.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS
- What kind of music do you like most? Happy songs? Fast songs? Loud songs?
- Have you ever sung a song to God to help you express yourself to Him?
- Why do you think God likes to hear our praises?
Take some time to make up a song about God. It can be completely original or using a well-known melody. Or, share your favorite worship songs. Sing with your family.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
● Psalm 100:5
● “Elijah Confronted Evil Ahab” (1 Kings 18)
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