Psalm 19 starts with the heavens, the sun, and it’s ‘tent’, the creation crying out the glory of God. Then it switches suddenly and looks not out the window but down to the written word, the messages of God wrapped up in feeble letters and wobbly grammar. All these games take their inspiration directly from those ideas and specific verses in the text.

Necessary rules

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All Ages

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There can be multiple winners and losers, everyone has until the count of 10 after each rule is announced before the winner is announced. Read 1 rule and say go! Judge the winner on all 5 rules. Reveal another rule and repeat.
Rules:
1. Look at the leaders.
2. Touch something red.
3. Stand on one leg.
4. Smile.
5. Be silent.
Link: We have the best life when we know all the instructions, seeing the sun was not enough.

Follow the sun

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Dim the room and use a large flashlight on the walls. Have the youngsters stretch their body towards the light.
Link: verse 1 “The heavens declare the glory of God.”

Psalm Beat

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Ages 7+

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Using a small section of words from the Psalm as lyrics, have the youngsters make up a tune or a beat to sing the words. Add percussion instruments and work in pairs.
Link: Psalms were songs sung not read.

Charades

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A classic game of no words and lots of mime
Link: Verse 3 “There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard.”

 

Psalm 19 begins with a beautiful description of God’s creation praising him, marvelling at the beauty of the sun as it races it’s way across the expanse of sky. This has to be one of the most iconic childhood crafts, that of a mobile. This is deliberately stripped back so you can go nuts decorating it with textures – think cotton wool, sparkly sequins, sun rays of coloured matchsticks etc.

 
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Psalm 19 begins with a beautiful description of God’s creation praising him, marvelling at the beauty of the sun as it races it’s way across the expanse of sky. This has to be one of the most iconic childhood crafts, that of a mobile. This is deliberately stripped back so you can go nuts decorating it with textures – think cotton wool, sparkly sequins, sun rays of coloured matchsticks etc.

 
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Psalm 19 colouring pages

The Psalm lessons each have two colouring pages in place of the usual Hero Resources.
These will print on either A4 or US letter sized paper as they are made slightly bigger than both.

The images are displayed small here, click on the image you wish to have, then save the image that loads.
(These images are not copyright free, they are for personal/classroom use only.)

 

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This week we look at Psalm 19 – I’ve just used some early verses here, but older groups may want to read the whole thing. It’s a passage about the glory of creation, pointing us towards God. Rather than tell a story about the passage, we will incorporate the verses into the ‘talk’ time.

These psalm lessons follow the Lectionary passages for the six weeks of year B Lent.

This retold version of the Bible passage is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage : Psalm 19

Biblical retelling of Psalm 19 for youngsters.

 
We are going to read a song, a song Jesus may have sung with his friends, a song from the book of songs to be sung – the book called Psalms. This song is all about seeing God’s glory. Lets have a closer look at just a little part of the song – perhaps you can read the rest of the song at home.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the expanse proclaims the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour out speech;
night after night they communicate knowledge.
3 There is no speech; there are no words;
their voice is not heard.
4 Their message has gone out to the whole earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming from his home;
it rejoices like an athlete running a course.
6 It rises from one end of the heavens
and circles to their other end;
nothing is hidden from its heat.

Wow isn’t the world an amazing place. The sun in the sky is so powerful. We can see so much of God in the beautiful world he gave us to live in. But is the amazing world enough? Did God give us this world and then leave us alone? NO! God continued to speak to his people. Listen to the next bit.

7 The instruction of the Lord is perfect, renewing one’s life;
the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, making the heart glad;
the command of the Lord is radiant, making the eyes light up.

God also gave us his word, his commands, his instructions, his stories in the bible.
And God didn’t stop there did he?

He then sent Jesus to help us understand the commands He had given to his people.
Jesus helped us to see that the law of the Lord really would lead us to have life to the full,
just as God always intended.

Scripture quotations marked CSB have been taken from the Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible® and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

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