Children’s One Year Study Thru The Bible – June 15, Psalm 77, When Tough Times Come

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 77) 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.

Asaph the choir director wrote Psalm 77 and he described what it is like to go with God through tough times. 

Ask the children…

When Asaph was in trouble, what did he do and how did feel?

“When I was in deep trouble,
    I searched for the Lord.
All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven,
    but my soul was not comforted.”
(Psalm 77:2)

When he didn’t get immediate relief or comfort from God, what did he do then? 

“But then I recall all you have done, O Lord;
    I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
12 They are constantly in my thoughts.
    I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.”
(Psalm 77:11, 12)

When we run into tough times, and we will, we turn to God with our trials and ask for His comfort and strength and relief.  But they do not always come right away.  Sometimes God waits so we can develop character and trust by going through these things.  When that happens Asaph tells us to remember God’s faithfulness in the past for us and for His people.  God is good and is doing good for us all the time.  We can gain faith to walk through these trials from that. 

Ask your children what tough times they are going through or have gone through in the past?  Ask them if they are crying out to God?  How is that working?  If they aren’t getting relief, ask them to recall some of the times God has been faithful in the past?  If they can’t remember any, tell them some of your stories or read to them some Bible stories.  Then spend some time sharing with God their anguish and praising Him for His faithfulness even during hard times. 

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