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 40) 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 40 David acknowledges the depression he feels at times and what he does about it.
Ask the children…
How was David feeling and what did he do?
“I waited [a]patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me and heard my cry.” (Psalm 40:2)
What did God do for David to relieve his depression while David as a result of David waiting on God and crying out to Him?
“He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;” (Psalm 40:3)
God answered David not by fixing his situation, but by changing David’s heart into one of praise and giving David a song to sing. Music can be such an encouragement to our souls.
Ask your children if they feel depressed sometimes? What do they do about it usually? What would it look like to wait on the Lord and to sing some songs of praise to God? Share and experience of God encouraging you during a time of depresssion.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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