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 68 ) 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.
Most of us spend most of our time gazing at our circumstances and glancing at God. That brings about anxiety and steals our joy for living. David in Psalm 68 reminds us how continual rejoicing in God changes our whole perspective on life.
Ask the children…
What does David encourage God’s people to do?
“But let the godly rejoice…
Sing praises to God and to his name!
Sing loud praises to him who rides the clouds.
His name is the Lord—
rejoice in his presence!.“ (Psalm 68:3a, 4)
What will be the result for those who rejoice?
“Let them be glad in God’s presence.
Let them be filled with joy.“ (Psalm 68:3b)
David was familiar what is was like to be chased by his enemies and even betrayed by his friends, but he had also learned the power of rejoicing in God and His presence. So David was filled with joy and gladness despite his circumstances.
Ask your children if they want to be filled with joy and gladness? Tell them that the answer is no secret. David shared it 3,500 years ago. Reread the verses above. Our path to gladness and joy is in our praise. Pick out some favorite praise songs and sing them with your whole hearts. Then take some time to praise God for who He is and what He has done for you. See if you don’t feel some renewed gladness and joy despite your circumstances.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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