Laugh, Cry, Scream, Whatever!

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One of the main things my friends make fun of me for is my lack of visible emotion. We didn’t express our emotions in our home when I was growing up so it doesn’t come super naturally for me. I think that’s why I love the Psalms so much. They help me feel…or at least understand what I’m feeling and that it’s ok to feel that!

The Psalms can be so powerful for kids. They are often unsure what is and is not ok when it comes to God. “What does prayer sound like?” “How should I feel when I see someone from Sunday school being mean on the playground?” “My grandparent died. Is God punishing me?”

Let’s use the psalms to teach our kids how to pray and connect with God.

April 20: Psalm 8
Today’s Takeaways:

  • This psalm declares how good God is in a number of ways. Sometimes we’re just supposed to tell God how good He is.
  • When we think about who God is and what He has done, we should be amazed.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • This psalm has inspired a number of songs. Take a few minutes to Google some songs inspired by psalm 8 and look one up on YouTube. Listen to it as a family and discuss it.

April 21: Psalm 9
Today’s Takeaways:

  • One way the Israelites knew God was with them was because of their success against their enemies.
  • This psalm talks about the consequences of our actions when we choose to disobey God.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • We aren’t often directly involved in battles like the ancient Israelites. What are ways you can tell God is with you?

April 22: Psalm 10
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Verses 2-11 describe how a wicked person acts.
  • The remainder of the psalm asks for God to protect those who cannot protect themselves.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • What characteristic of a wicked person sticks out most to you?

April 23: Psalm 11
Today’s Takeaways:

  • This psalm explains the differences between a wicked person and a righteous person.
  • It often feels very uncomfortable for us to hear about God’s wrath against people, but it is clear in Scripture that we will all be judged.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • In what ways are our society’s standards different from what this psalm explains?

April 24: Psalm 12
Today’s Takeaways:

  • David is not afraid to ask God for help.
  • Verse 6 makes it clear that what God says is perfect!

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • For what can you ask God for help right now?

April 25: Psalm 13
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Clearly, when David went through difficult times, he felt forgotten by God.
  • As difficult as David’s situation is, he ends his psalm with trust and praise for God.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • How do you return to praising and trusting God when you are going through something difficult?

April 26: Psalm 14
Today’s Takeaways:

  • David felt as if there was no one who was trying to live for God.
  • David was eager for salvation to come from and for Israel.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Do you ever feel alone when you’re trying to be faithful?

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