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 71) 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.
Sometimes we wonder if God is really teaching our children when they are young. David in Psalm 68 specifically addresses that question.
Ask the children…
How early in his life did David say that God began to teach him?
“O God, you have taught me from my earliest childhood,” (Psalm 71:17a)
What was David’s response to that?
“and I constantly tell others about the wonderful things you do.” (Psalm 71:17b)
Just like with adults, when we are teaching our children and even when we are not, God is teaching our children. He was the originator of early childhood education. Why do you think that kids ask so many questions about the world around them? Because God has put those questions in their hearts.
Ask your children what are their earliest memories? Have them describe them in detail. Remind them that God has given them those memories because He has already been working in their hearts. Ask them what is the most significant thing they have learned about God in their lives? Take some time to rejoice in that truth and to rejoice in God’s day to day teaching us and as David said, tell someone else.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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