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 46 the Psalmist reminds that when life’s biggest calamities hit us, we need not fear, we can trust in God. .
Ask the children…
What calamities might cause us to fear according to the Psalmist?
“So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!.” (Psalm 46, 2,3)
Why do we not need to be afraid?
“God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
“The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel[b] is our fortress.” (Psalm 46:7, 11)
As big and terrible as life’s calamities may seem, God is bigger and stronger and capable of keeping us safe. The issue is only who we choose to look at during life’s storms, God or the storms.
Ask your children what things they are afraid of? Ask them why? Have them read the above verses out loud and then have them say out loud that they are not afraid of whatever they named because they put their trust in the Lord.
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