Essential Teachers notes:
This week we look at Psalm 19 – I’ve just used some of the 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.
Use this or a similar story of your choice from a favourite bible translation or story book. This version is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.
Main passage: Psalm 19
Additional Passages: none specific.
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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.
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