This is lesson 31 of 32 in a series of lessons called “Praise God Through the Psalms.” These lessons are designed to point children to the fullness of God’s character and lead them to see Him as the One who deserves all praise and worship. These lessons work well in Sunday School or mid-week Bible study groups or even family devotion times.
“Praise God Through the Psalms” – Psalm 113
Lesson focus: Through the book of Psalms and the worship of the people of Israel, we get a glimpse into the character of God and how we should rightly respond to Him in worship. In Psalm 113, we are reminded that God is worthy of praise and worship all the time and everywhere. Through this study, children will be challenged to think about whether or not they truly ever worship God and about those who cannot worship because they have yet to hear about the saving work of Jesus.
Passage: Psalm 113
Target Audience: Kindergarten-4th Grade (can be adapted for older or younger children)
Teaching Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour
Materials Needed: Bibles, blank paper, markers, paper plates, paper fasteners
Optional Materials: if you want to be able to send the kids home with something each week, you can print the text of the Psalm on one side of a piece of paper and on the back print “I should praise God because He is ____________” (leave the rest of the page blank for drawing.
Early Arriver/ Opening 10 minutes– have a few board games out and play with kids as they arrive. Don’t underestimate the conversations that happen while playing “Jenga” or “Uno” with a group of kids.
Intro– – All Day Charades
Call out a time of day…either a time like 7 am or a time like breakfast. Then call on one child in the group to act out something that happens at that time of day for the rest of the group to guess what they are acting out. Play until all of the kids in the group have had a chance to act something out.
Read the Text. . .Psalm 113
- Have each kid in the group read one verse, or have 3 volunteers do the reading (divided amongst them). As you go through the Psalm continually ask kids (1) what is this Psalm telling us about who God is?, (2) what is this Psalm telling us about what God does and (3) what is this Psalm telling us about what God expects of His people and how His people should respond to Him.
- Take a few minutes to talk about what truths this Psalm teaches us about God. ….. Before looking at the psalm as a whole and what it teaches us about salvation, go through the psalm verse by verse pulling out the attributes of God. Talk about what it means that God is exalted. Have one of the kids in the group read Isaiah 6:1-6. Point out how God gave Isaiah this vision of Himself to remind Isaiah that God is sovereign over all and exalted in all the earth. Point out the references in the psalm to God’s exalted nature….stoops down, raises up, etc.
- Read verses 1-3 and then make a “Praise Around the Clock” Praise Reminder. Give each kid a paper plate and have them decorate it like a clock face….numbers around the edges, etc. Next to each number they should write one truth about God that they see in this psalm or have seen in one of the psalms they’ve studied this year. Then, help them cut clock hands out of colored paper and attach them to the clock using paper fasteners. Once all the kids have finished their clocks, call out a time and have kids say… “God, I praise you because you are…(fill in the blank with what it says at that time on their clocks).”
- Cross- Connection– – After talking about the truth that God is exalted in all the earth, Read Revelation 4 and Revelation 5:9-14. Talk about what these verses teach us about why God is exalted and why Jesus is worthy of all praise. Talk about how Jesus is worthy to be praised by the whole world because of His work on the cross, but how millions around the world cannot worship Jesus because they have yet to hear the good news about Jesus. Ask kids to share names of friends of theirs who don’t know Jesus and pray for the kids in your class that they would be bold to tell their friends about Jesus.
Worship Time– After discussing the passage, distribute the paper and markers or pages printed with the text for the week. Explain that each week you want them to do three things in response to the Psalm…
- write a verse from the passage that they want to remember
- write a reason to praise God that they see in the Psalm
- draw of something from the passage that they think is important.
Give kids time to work on their pages and then have them share what they have drawn or written with the rest of the group.
Prayer– – Close in prayer by praying for the kids in the group that they would understand that the only way to be saved is through Jesus’s death in our place. Pray that they would see their own sinfulness and their need of a Savior.
Extra Time – – Play a Bible Book game called “Roll the Dice.” For this game you’ll take turns rolling the large dice and naming as many books of the Bible as the number that comes up on the dice. Ways to make the game more challenging… (1) have kids name books in order, (2) write down the books that are named and don’t let those books be named a 2nd time until all other books have been named, or (3) if they roll and odd number they have to name Old Testament books and if they roll an even number they have to name New Testament books.