Praises of God’s People
Psalms 1; 100; 110
“Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal.” Psalm 100:5
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.
KEY PASSAGE: Psalm 100:5
BIG PICTURE QUESTION:
- Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is good.
BIBLE STORY: PRAISES OF GOD’S PEOPLE
- People wrote psalms, or songs, to tell God how they felt.
- People wrote psalms to thank God and to praise God.
- People wrote psalms when they were sad or to say they were sorry.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:
- Read Psalm 1. Talk about what the two ways of living look like. What are the differences?
- Invite family members to pray and talk to God about how they feel at that moment.
- Ask each family member to name a favorite praise song.
- Sing each family member’s favorite praise song.
- Read a psalm as a family several nights this week.
- Work together as a family to write a psalm and sing it to God.
NEXT WEEK “Elijah Confronted Evil Ahab” (1 Kings 18)