Children’s One Year Study Thru The Bible – June 11, Psalm 56, Why Should I Be Afraid?

King David

This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Psalm 56) while we focus in on just a few verses.

Background: The book of Psalms was written by at least 7 authors. It expresses a range of human emotions from praise to God in good times, fear of enemies in bad times, guilt, anger and an overriding confidence in God’s goodness, majesty and power. In Psalm 56, David answers the question, “Why should I be afraid?”  Let’s see what he concludes. 

Ask the children…

Why is David not afraid of what men can do to him?

I praise God for what he has promised.
    I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
    What can mere mortals do to me?”
(Psalm 56:4)

How does David describe what God does when we are afraid and our sorrows lead to tears?

“You keep track of all my sorrows.[b]
    You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book.”
(Psalm 56:8 )

David realized that he could completely place his trust in God and therefore did not need to be afraid of anything.  And even when he did become fearful and cried, God was there to collect those tears because they were so precious to Him.  God would not leave David no matter what and could be counted on to be compassionate towards David’s pain and a defender from his enemies.   

Ask your children if there are people they are afraid of?  What causes them to be afraid?  Ask them who they can turn to with their fears?  Do they realized that God is right there?  Do they know how much God cares?  Lead them through a prayer of trust in the Lord and freedom from fear. 

Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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