How to Teach the Psalms to Children
Though we tend to think of the Psalms as poetry, they were originally written to be sung. The book of Psalms is the hymnal of the Old Testament!
In it, we find songs of praise and worship next to songs that express doubt and fear. The entire span of human emotions and experiences is represented in the pages of Psalms. Because of this, the Psalms can help us understand how to rightly worship God, no matter what our circumstances.
One of the best-known and best-loved Psalms in the entire Psalter is Psalm 23 – and for good reason.
This is a Psalm that reminds us of our great dependence as well as God’s great love, compassion, and power.
This is a Psalm that every child should not only know about, but should know by heart.
It will provide comfort during times of sorrow, strength during temptation, and a hope that looks forward to all God has planned for the future.
This Psalm lends itself very well to teaching to children because of its strong visuals. Throughout, God is portrayed as the ‘Good Shepherd.’ You can begin your lesson by asking your child what a shepherd is and does. But don’t stop with a definition.
Go on to ask, “What kinds of things would make a good shepherd? What would he be like?” Let your child reflect on this for a moment before opening your Bible to Psalm 23 and reading it to them. You can break this Psalm down into smaller pieces and lead your child through, one part at a time.
To see how, check out the next post, coming in just a few days.