Preschool Bible Lesson "Be Still and Know"

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This free Bible lesson is based on God’s command in Psalm 46:10. Children must learn to slow down and experience the glory of God through worship. This lesson will help them grow in their appreciation for God’s glory and his power over all things.

Lesson Title: Be Still and Know That I am God
Bible Reference: Psalm 46:10, Habakkuk 2:20, Revelation 1:8
Target Age Group: Preschool
Learning Context: Sunday School
Target Time Frame: 30 minutes
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Memory Verse: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.” Psalm 46:10
Gospel Connection: This lesson is designed to teach children that God is bigger than any problem that they can face and any worry that they may have.  We should take time to stop and praise God for His great sovereignty.
Learning Aim: Children will learn that God is bigger than any problem that they could face.  By the end of the lesson they will understand that because God is so great, He deserves our acknowledgement and praise.
Target Age: Preschool
Basic Supply List:

  1. Paper or dry erase board to display the three verses, Psalm 46:10, Habakkuk 2:20, and Revelation 1:8. (Biblical Evidence)
  2. Pens or dry erase marker. (Biblical Evidence)
  3. Construction paper with word, “God is Bigger and Better than all of this.” written in the center of the page. (Bigger and Better Craft)
  4. Crayons (Bigger and Better Craft)
  5. Magazines (Bigger and Better Craft)
  6. Scissors (Bigger and Better Craft)
  7. Glue (Bigger and Better Craft)
  8. CD Player and CD (Stop and Praise God)

Note: In the teaching plan below the words in italics are meant to be read aloud. The regular text is simply directions for the teacher.
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Open the Lesson: Begin the lesson by greeting the children and welcoming them to class.  Lead them in singing “My God is So Big” to get them thinking about the vastness of God.  Lyrics for the song are below.
My God is so big, So strong and so mighty,
            There’s nothing my God cannot do.                                               
My God is so big, So strong and so mighty,
            There’s nothing my God cannot do.
            The Mountains are His, The valleys are His,
            The stars are His handiwork too!
            My God is so big, so strong and so mighty,
            There’s nothing my God cannot do.
Say, Our God is so big, that He is bigger than mountains, elephants, whales, and even the whole Earth.  That’s amazing isn’t it?  If our God is so big, then what does that mean for us? Allow the children to respond and guide them to the thought that they can trust God to take care of them because He is so big, and that we should praise Him for all that he does for us.  
Biblical Evidence: Display and read the Bible verse (Be still, and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in all the Earth. Psalm 46:10) to the children.  Ask, What does it mean to be still and know that God is God?  It means that we should not be so busy that we forget to thank God for all that He is doing for us.  God is so big that sometimes we just have to stop and remember how amazing He is. Make sure to explain that the word, exalted, means that God will be put above everything else; that He is always bigger than everything else and that He should always be first in our lives.
Now, show the children the second verse (But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him. Habakkuk 2:20).  Explain that God is in His holy temple and that we have been commanded to stop and praise Him.  Remind the kids that because our God is so awesome and has done so much for us we should stop and praise him.
Memorize the Bible Verse: Teach the children these actions to help them remember the Bible Verse.

  • Be Still (Hold out your hand in front of you in a stopping motion)
  • and know (Point to your brain)
  • that I (Point to yourself)
  • am God (Point and look upward)
  • I will be exalted (Salute)
  • Among the Nation (Put hands in front of you, palms up, then spread them apart)
  • I will be exalted (Salute)
  • In all the Earth (Use hands to make a large circle)

Bigger and Better Craft:  Give each child a piece of construction paper with the words, “God is bigger and better than all of this” in the center of the paper.  Ask them to decorate their page with some of their favorite things.   They can either draw pictures of their favorite things, or cut and paste pictures from magazines.  Say, All of the pictures on your papers are good but as we know from our Bible verse, God is still bigger and better than all of this. We should tell God thank you for all that He has given us.  The next time that you are outside riding your bike, or playing your favorite game with a friend, make sure that you stop and thank God for all that you have been given.  
More Biblical Evidence: Now ask the children, We know that God is big, but what does this mean? Let’s look at who the Bible says that God is.  Display and read Revelation 1:8 (“I am the Alpha and the Omega”, says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”)  Explain that this means that God is not just here for us, but that he has always been here and has always been bigger and greater than the whole Earth.  He is here for us now and will be here in the future.  Ask the kids to imagine how big God is.  He is so big that He has always been around and always will be around.
Final Thoughts:  Begin the discussion by asking the children to think of a time when they were sad or scared.  Ask, What did you do during this difficult time?  Can we still praise God when we are sad or scared? Allow children to respond.  Yes, just like our Bible verse, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.” says, God is still God when we are having a bad day.  What should we do when we are scared or sad?  Give the children a few minutes to brainstorm some of the possible things that we can do.  After a few responses, say, When we are scared or sad we should still take time to stop and praise God.  Remember, God is above the nations.  He has always been here and always will be here.  So when times are hard we should still stop and think about God, pray for His help, and thank Him for being bigger than any problems we may have. 
Close the Lesson: Close the lesson by praying with the children. Lord, Thank you for being the biggest and the best thing in our lives.  Please help us to always remember how wonderful you are.  Amen. 
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Stop and Praise God:  Play this simple God to help preschoolers remember to stop and praise God.  This is played basically like Freeze Dance, except that we they freeze they must say either something that they admire about God, or that they are thankful for.  To begin, have all the children stand up and play some music.  As long as the music is playing the children must dance.  When the music is paused, the students must freeze and then say something that they are thankful for when the teacher calls on them.  Play until the children lose interest, or until all children have had a turn to say something that they are thankful for.
God is so Big Game: This simple game will get children moving and thinking about the greatness of God.  This is similar to Simon Says.  The teacher will say, “My God is bigger than _______” and the children will act like whatever the teacher says.  The teacher can say that my God is bigger than the mountains, rivers, the Earth, elephants, semi-trucks, buildings, the sun, whales, rhinos, etc.  Use your imagination and have the children act out anything that you can think of.

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