“Thank You” Like David, not Dido

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This week we have several psalms that focus on the cause and effect of our relationship with God. God, you did _________ so I’m going to praise you. This is something I’ve been working on for a while with my two year old and it’s an easy thing to start with your kids too.

Georgia and I pray together every night before bed. I pray a little and then ask her what she’d like to thank God for. Sometimes she says she just wants mommy to pray, so we go with that. Other nights, we spend quite a bit of time thanking God for things ranging from circles to noses and daddy to dinosaurs. I know it sounds simple, but I believe she is learning that it matters that we give God thanks and praise, just like they did in the Psalms.

June 22: Psalm 71
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Though we don’t know who the author is, it is clear he had been walking with the Lord for a long time.
  • Because of the author’s experiences with God’s faithfulness, his response is to praise God.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Often we ask God for things but then when we get them, we forget to thank God for them. What are some things we can thank God for?

June 23: Psalm 72
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Solomon, the author of today’s psalm, was David’s son and the king of Israel after him.
  • The final verse tells us this was the last of the psalms associated with David. We will still see some in the psalms, but that’s because they were not ordered chronologically.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Solomon asked for blessings for the king. Who is someone you’d like to ask God to bless?

June 24: Psalm 73
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Today’s author, Asaph, is honest that he sometimes envies wicked people when he sees them have success.
  • Asaph realizes that commitment to God eventually has much greater rewards than evil.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • When is a time you have been jealous of the success or blessings of someone who is not acting faithfully?

June 25: Psalm 74
Today’s Takeaways:

  • The Israelites and their enemies felt God has rejected the Israelites when they didn’t have success in war.
  • Asaph knew God was capable of great power despite some failures in war.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • What in your life reminds you of God’s power?

June 26: Psalm 75
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Though we often want to judge why someone is or is not succeeding, it is God who knows why and how things happen.
  • God is fully in control. We are mistaken if we think we are.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • What’s something in your life that reminds you that God is in control and you are not?

June 27: Psalm 76
Today’s Takeaways:

  • God’s unmatched power and strength are reasons to praise him.
  • Sometimes praise just means listing off all the great attributes of God.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Work together, as a family, to list as many attributes of God as you can.

June 28: Psalm 77
Today’s Takeaways:

  • This was written by Asaph for Jeduthun.
  • Verses 13-15 are powerful reminders of some of the incredible things about God.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • This week we had a lot of psalms talking about the incredible parts of God that make him worthy of our praise. Take a little time to talk about some of the big reasons your family has to praise God.

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