Children’s One Year Study Thru The Bible – June 3, Psalm 13, Encouraging a Sorrowful Heart


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 13) 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 13 David shares the anguish of his heart and who he turns to to encourage him.

Ask the children…

How badly does David feel?

“How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,
    with sorrow in my heart every day?”
(Psalm 13:2)

Who does David turn to with his sorrow?

“But I trust in your (God) unfailing love.
    I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the Lord
    because he is good to me.”
(Psalm 13:5, 6)

Every one of us knows what it feels like to be in sorrow.  To have their heart so heavy that we don’t feel as though we can go on.  I feel that way this morning.  It doesn’t mean that something bad has happened although it could have, only that our world feels like it is falling apart.  David shared his broken and sorrowful heart with us in Psalm 13 and then gave us his remedy.  He turned to God’s unfailing love and His goodness and then declared that to others.  David let the love of God fill every part of his heart. 

Ask your children what causes them sorrow? Have them describe the feeling.  Then ask them to describe what God’s unfailing love looks like to them.   When have they felt it?  Share your own stories of how God has come through for you in the past when everything seemed to be going wrong.  Rejoice together in God’s love and goodness. 

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