Below are some devotional helps to use throughout the week. We'd love for you to use some or even all of these to review this week's story with your kids.
Dinner Time (Deep Dive)
READ the story together. (Psalms 1; 100; 110)
ASK some questions about the story.
Who were the characters? (The psalmist and God.)
What are the main beats of the story? (The psalmists would write about God; God’s people would sing the Psalms as a way to praise him; We can read the Psalms today and offer God praise in the same way.)
What’s the main point? (People wrote songs to praise God because of who he is.)
CONNECT it to the family.
As a family we can learn a lot from the Bible, especially the Psalms. The Psalms are full of wisdom about who God is. When we read the Bible together, we can praise God for who He is and what He’s done. What are some things about God or what He’s done that we should be thankful for?
God, we thank you for the Bible and the Psalms. We thank you that we can learn from your word. Amen.
Drive Time (Quick Refresh)
ASK what story we’ve been studying this week. (Praises from God’s People)
See what they remember from the story – details, main points, any take away they have, etc.
REMIND them of the main point.
People wrote songs to praise God because of who he is.
Bedtime (Soul Work)
ASK how they feel about what we’ve been learning about this week.
Why are the Psalms helpful? (they tell us about God – who he is and what he’s done)
What have you learned about who God is or what he’s done? (let them share some answers)
What are some reasons that we can praise God?
ENCOURAGE them about the truth of God’s promise.
God is worthy to be praised. His love for us is huge and the way he loves us demands a response of praise.
RELATE to them.
You can praise God in so many different ways. You can praise God by singing about him, by praying, or by sharing with someone why you love God.
PRAY for them before they go to sleep.
Breakfast Time (Daily Encouragement)
ENCOURAGE them to trust God’s promise today.
At school as they’re working, playing, talking with friends, etc.
PRAY for them before you drop them off to start their day.