Lesson: A Heart of Worship

Children trust the Lord much easier than adults, and so singing praise to Him comes more naturally to them. This lesson will focus on a Psalm about praise and teach the children more about worship. They will learn why God deserves to be worshiped and what it means to give him praise. This children’s ministry material was first prepared for a Sunday School lesson, but you could easily modify it to teach in children’s church.

Scripture: Psalm 100
Target Age Group: Age 7 – 11 (U.S. 1st – 5th Grade)
Time: 20 Minutes
Learning Context: Sunday School or Kids Church
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Learning Goals:

  • Children will express what they learn from Psalm 100 about praise.
  • Children will express the reason the Lord deserves praise.
  • Children will learn to give praise to the Lord.

Learning Indicator: Children will identify truths about God taught in this Psalm.

Learning Activity #1:

Establish the lesson briefly by explaining to the children praise to the Lord is a way to acknowledge the Lord for Who He is and that it’s similar to telling a person something that you like about them.

Read Psalm 100, one verse at a time giving an explanation of the different ways and reasons for praising the Lord.

  • Verse 1 teaches us that the Lord rules over all of the earth and when we shout with joy it’s an expression of gratitude for His power.
  • Verse 2 shows us that worship is a service to the Lord and we should enjoy it and we express it when we sing with joy.
  • Verse 3 reminds us that the Lord is in control of all things, He is our creator, and that we belong to Him.
  • Verse 4 talks about coming into the Lord’s presence with gratitude and praise.
  • Verse 5 speaks of God’s goodness, eternal love, and continual faithfulness.

Learning Activity #2:

Ask the children to verbalize all the truths they know about the Lord so they can get in the mood to praise Him.  Build on what they learned about the Lord from Psalm 100.

  • He created everything and everyone.
  • He never leaves us even though we might feel alone.
  • He loves us forever and demonstrates His love for us.
  • He has great power and not even Satan is stronger than Him.
  • He sees everything and nothing can be hidden from Him.
  • He makes plans for our life that give us a future and a hope.

Learning Activity #3:

Sing familiar songs of praise with the children. Include songs that have hand motions so the children can express praise toward the Lord with their whole body.

Song suggestions: Jesus Loves Me; Father Abraham; Lord, We Lift Your Name; and Our God is So Big.

Test:

Re-read Psalm 100 and then give a list of possible truths from it and have the children say, “Praise the Lord” if it was mentioned. (All will be true so they can practice giving verbal praise to the Lord.)

  • Does God want us to praise Him with shouts?
  • Does the Lord love us forever?
  • Does the Lord want us to come to Him with thanksgiving in our hearts?
  • Does the Lord want us to know about Him?
  • Did the Lord make us?
  • Is the Lord good?

Need More Ideas? Then browse our recommended worship music for children or find a Sunday School game to accompany this lesson.


Comments

  1. Tashamica says

    This is the perfect lesson considering we are just ending a worship conference. I’ve been waiting on this! lol..( I got instruments and all!)

  2. Patty says

    Well thought out lesson. I will use it with pictures of where Gods peopled worshipped and how they worshipped
    done up as visuals. Thanks for sharing

  3. says

    Loved this lesson, but needed something to last the full length of the adult worship service. Here is the lesson with our modifications:Lesson: A Heart of Worship
    Modified from http://ministry-to-children.com/heart-of-worship-lesson/
    Scripture: Psalm 100
    Target Age Group: Age 7 – 11 (U.S. 1st – 5th Grade) – Adapted to go lower
    Learning Context: Kids Church
    Supply List:
    • Bible: Psalm 100. Prepare beforehand the important points learned about praise from the scripture.
    • Colored paper with only one piece being red
    • Let’s Make a Joyful Noise and sound word cards
    • Lesson Aids: songs the children are familiar with, CD with “Ain’t No Rock”
    • Rocks and water soluble acrylic paint/paint brushes
    Learning Goals:
    • Children will express what they learn from Psalm 100 about praise.
    • Children will express the reason the Lord deserves praise.
    • Children will learn to give praise to the Lord.
    Learning Indicator: Children will identify truths about God taught in this Psalm.
    Learning Activity #1:
    Begin with worship music using the worship DVDs that the kids are familiar with.
    Learning Activity #2:
    Establish the lesson briefly by explaining to the children praise to the Lord is a way to acknowledge the Lord for Who He is and that it’s similar to telling a person something that you like about them.
    Read Psalm 100, one verse at a time giving an explanation of the different ways and reasons for praising the Lord.
    • Verse 1 teaches us that the Lord rules over all of the earth and when we shout with joy it’s an expression of gratitude for His power.
    • Verse 2 shows us that worship is a service to the Lord and we should enjoy it and we express it when we sing with joy.
    • Verse 3 reminds us that the Lord is in control of all things, He is our creator, and that we belong to Him.
    • Verse 4 talks about coming into the Lord’s presence with gratitude and praise.
    • Verse 5 speaks of God’s goodness, eternal love, and continual faithfulness.
    Learning Activity #3:
    Ask the children to verbalize all the truths they know about the Lord so they can get in the mood to praise Him. Build on what they learned about the Lord from Psalm 100.
    • He created everything and everyone.
    • He never leaves us even though we might feel alone.
    • He loves us forever and demonstrates His love for us.
    • He has great power and not even Satan is stronger than Him.
    • He sees everything and nothing can be hidden from Him.
    • He makes plans for our life that give us a future and a hope.
    Modification: Put down colored paper, with only one piece being red. Have the students walk around the papers as the music plays. When the music stops whoever is standing on the red paper has to tell something they know to be true about the Lord.
    “Those truths about the Lord are just some of the reasons we should praise Him.”
    Learning Activity #3:
    Read Aloud: Let’s Make a Joyful Noise by Karma Wilson, encouraging kids to say sound words (e.g. Strum, strum, strum and Ding dong ding) by using word cards
    Learning Activity #4:
    “Soon we will be celebrating Good Friday. On the day that we are remembering, Jesus road a young donkey where the road went down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began to joyfully praise God in loud voices. Let me read to you the surprising thing that happened that day.”
    Read Luke 19: 37 – 40, pausing after verse 39 to show surprise that the Pharisees wanted Jesus to make his disciples be quiet. Then pause to marvel over Jesus’ reply in verse 40
    Learning Activity #5
    Have kids listen to and then sing along with the song “Ain’t No Rock” using motions for:
    • Cry out – megaphone hands
    • Flap their feathers – hands tucked in underarms and flapping
    • Wave their branches – wave hands in the air
    Learning Activity # 6 (Time Allowing)
    “To help us remember that we are not going to let any rock cry out because we were not praising our Lord, we are going to paint a rock to carry with us. You won’t get to take them home today though because they will need time to dry.”
    Give directions about appropriate paint use, and let them know that anyone not using the paint appropriately will sit out.
    Allow time for the activity. Label the back of each rock with the child’s initials before they begin painting. Once the rocks have dried, they will last longer if they are painted over with a mixture of Elmer’s glue and water, and allowed to dry again.
    Feedback:
    While students are painting, re-read Psalm 100 and then give a list of possible truths from it and have the children say, “Praise the Lord” if it was mentioned. (All will be true so they can practice giving verbal praise to the Lord.)
    • Does God want us to praise Him with shouts?
    • Does the Lord love us forever?
    • Does the Lord want us to come to Him with thanksgiving in our hearts?
    • Does the Lord want us to know about Him?
    • Did the Lord make us?
    • Is the Lord good?
    Time Filler: For students who finish early, provide the coloring sheets below to choose from.
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  4. Suzy Johnson says

    I’ve been looking forward to this lesson for a while.
    I’ve been wanting to study with the kids on our praise to the Lord.
    We will be reading from Psalms 100 and our activity will be passing the “Bop it”. For those who haven’t played, it’s a blast. Bop it is a hand held game of memory and reflexes, it tells you to either TWIST IT, TURN IT, PULL IT, SHOUT IT, or PASS IT. In our verson when it comes to SHOUT IT the player will be required to shout a praise to the Lord. Can’t wait for tomorrow night.

  5. Tina Speight says

    Greetings! You are my ram in a bush. Our cirriculum has not come in yet and I know it is on teaching children about worshipping. Thank you so much for allowing God to use you as a blessing for others. A special thank you to Ms. Becky Stewart. Bless you.

  6. Getrude says

    am a new sunday school teacher and did not know how,but with the lessons i am erceiving from you i will go far.
    Thank you so much, may the Lord God Almighty Bless you in Jesus name!!!

  7. Daffy says

    Thanks for this lesson. It’s simple enough for even younger children to understand but challenging enough to get older kids invovled. May God bless your ministry.

  8. Mary says

    Thank you so much for such wonderful short and powerful lessons for children. I am now starting to teach our children the importance of praise & worship and your website is really the confirmation to my prayers about how to teach children to worship & praise our Lord…. your lesson are clear, short but powerful and it explains itself in alanguage that young children can understand…

    blessings and I will be back or more!

  9. aromolaran says

    the lessons that i have been downloading so far have been donig wonders. thanks

  10. Christi Smith says

    This lesson worked really well. The kids stayed focused and we were able to get a good discussion in. We were able to follow up with a game of Praise Freeze Dance.

  11. says

    this lesson is a very good, it will help the children to know the Greatness God, what God can do for them, and they need to worship Him with all their heart and mighty.

  12. Robin Jones says

    This lesson on Praise looks like it will be really fun – I can’t wait to do it. But, on top of it all, it is so essential. Thank you, Jesus!

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