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.
One thing we see the Psalmists writing about is praising the Lord continually.
Ask the children…
What 3 things does the Psalmist exhort God’s followers to do?
“Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
break out in praise and sing for joy!” (Psalm 98:4)
There is something about shouting out something that you believe that takes it from your head to your heart. We aren’t to just quietly tell the Lord how we feel about Him (although there is a time for that), we are to shout it out to the heavens with all of our being. And then we are to spontaneously break out in telling God why He is praiseworthy and then sing about it.
Ask your children if they feel comfortable shouting to God how wonderful He is. Try it right now even if it feels uncomfortable. If you have ever shouted at a sporting event or cried out praise at any performance then you know you can shout out praise. Just do it to God for His greatness at being our creator, Lord, savior, etc.
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