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 29 David illustrates praise which is God centered and focuses on God’s glory as revealed by His attributes and works. Psalm 30 is a testimony of thanksgiving centering on David’s experience of God’s deliverance.
Ask the children…
What does David praise God for?
“The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is majestic.” (Psalm 29:4)
“The Lord gives his people strength.
The Lord blesses them with peace.” (Psalm 29:11)
What does David thank God for?
“I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me.
You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you restored my health.” (Psalm 30:1, 2)
Most people are used to giving God thanks in their prayers for what God has done for them but it is less common for us to praise God for who He is. We can all take a page out of David’s book of Psalms regarding making praise a prominent part in our prayers.
Read through Psalms 29 and 30 out loud and make them your prayers. Ask your children to add their own praises to Psalm 29 and their own thanks to Psalm 30.
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