Even though God is big and infinite, one of the most amazing attributes of God is how personal He is at the same time. We serve a God who hears our songs of praise and prayers, and answers them! This week, we spent some time in Psalms, learning about how God heard the psalms and prayers of His people in the Old Testament, and how He answered those cries and praises. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations.” – Psalm 100:5
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is People wrote songs to praise God because of who He is.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Psalms 1; 100; 110. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
The Book of Psalms is a collection of songs written by many people over hundreds of years. Sometimes when God’s people gathered, they sang psalms together to worship God. The people praised God for giving them victory over their enemies, for the wonderful things He created, or for providing for them and taking care of them.
Sometimes people wrote psalms when they were sad. They cried out to God and told Him how they felt. Sometimes people wrote psalms to confess their sin to God and to ask for forgiveness.
The first psalm is about two ways to live: as a righteous person or as a wicked person. The two ways are like walking on two different paths. One path is dark and leads to death. The other path is bright and leads to life. The righteous person loves God’s Word and thinks about it day and night. That person is like a tree whose roots drink from a nearby stream. The tree is strong and healthy.
Psalm 100 is a song of thanks. God’s people sang these words: “Shout to the Lord, all the earth! Serve Him with gladness and come to Him with joyful songs. Know that Yahweh is God. He made us, and we are His. We are His people! Give thanks to Him and praise His name. For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal. His faithfulness will never end.”
King David wrote Psalm 110. The psalm is about a king who is also a priest. David wrote that the Lord would give the king many lands to rule over, and the king’s army would be strong. David wrote that the Lord keeps His promises. He will be with the king and make him strong. He will give the king victory in the battle.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- What are psalms? (songs)
- Why did people write psalms? (to talk to God)
- In what book of the Bible do we find psalms? (the Book of Psalms)
- Name some reasons people sang songs to God. (to praise Him when He gave them power to beat their enemies, for what He created, when He took care of them, to say thank you, to tell God why they were sad, to tell God they had sinned and they were sorry)
- How does the righteous person live? (The righteous one does not follow advice of the wicked. His delight is in the Lord’s instruction, he meditates on it day and night)
- How does Psalm 100 say we should serve the Lord? (with gladness)
- Who wrote Psalm 110? (David)
- Why did people write psalms? (people wrote psalms (songs) to praise God because of who He is)
- Why can we trust God? Everything God does is for His glory and our good.
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
When God’s people prayed to God or praised Him, God heard them. He promised to answer them, and He did when He sent His Son, Jesus. Jesus died on the cross to give people what they need the most: to be rescued from sin.
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.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
As you pray, praise God that He hears us when we pray or sing to Him. Thank God for always answering our prayers, just like how He did in the Bible. Ask God to help us trust in Him and praise Him more. Thank God for keeping His promise by sending His Son, Jesus, to rescue us from sin.