Essential Teachers notes:
This week we look at the first 10 verses of Psalm 25. It’s a beautiful passage. Rather than tell a story about the passage we will read the verses pausing to talk about their meaning, then repeat the verses without pauses at the end.
These psalm lessons follow the Lectionary passages for the six weeks of year B Lent.
Tell this story or a similar one 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 25
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.
1 To you, Lord, I lift up my soul
Do you know what your soul is?
It’s not something you can hold. It’s the part of you that makes you (insert child’s name).
When we give God our soul, we give him who we are.
2 My God, I trust in you. Do not let me be disgraced; do not let my enemies gloat over me.
3 No one who waits for you will be disgraced; those who act treacherously without cause will be disgraced.
4 Make your ways known to me, Lord; teach me your paths.
Would you like to know God’s paths?
How would you feel if the God of the whole universe were guiding your way?
Listen carefully what types of path the author wants to be guided along.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; I wait for you all day long.
6 Remember, Lord, your compassion and your faithful love, for they have existed from everlasting.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my acts of rebellion;
in keeping with your faithful love, remember me because of your goodness, Lord.
8 The Lord is good and upright; therefore he shows sinners the way.
This bit of the song tells us that even when we go wrong God will still guide us.
9 He leads the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.
10 All the Lord’s ways show faithful love and truth to those who keep his covenant and decrees.
Pause. Read again without the notes.
You could end by asking which part of the psalm the listeners liked the most?