Archive for November, 2015

David the Psalmist

Our hope is for our kids to know that: There is Rest in the Presence of the Lord   

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want” 
Psalm 23:1

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Psalm 23) Psalms are the lyrics of songs that were once sung in Israel to God. King David was the greatest of the psalm writers. From what we know about David’s life, we can sometimes guess how a particular psalm related to his life. For instance, as a young boy, David was himself a shepherd who watched over his father’s flocks. He knew that a shepherd carefully watches over the sheep to protect them. When a shepherd is there, the sheep have no fear of wolves or other enemies. The shepherd also leads the sheep to the best pastures and streams. So, in Psalm 23, when David compares God to a shepherd watching over his life, we can make the connection back to his shepherding days. David’s peace came from God’s shepherd like protection and provision. In all of David’s life, God always provided for him.

The Jesus Connection:
Read Psalm 23:6.
There is only one way any of us could enjoy God’s mercy and live in heaven with him forever. God sent Jesus, his only Son, to die on the cross for our sin. Now all those who trust in Jesus are forgiven and get to live in the house of God (in heaven) forever. Jesus is the way God kept the promises David sang about. If we trust in Jesus we can live forever in heaven. One day, everyone who goes to heaven will meet David, the man who wrote Psalm 23. When David sang, “The Lord is my shepherd,” he was exactly right. Hundreds of years later, when Jesus began his ministry, he said, “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:14–15).

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The Ark of God

Our hope is for our kids to know that: God is Holy  

“‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
Revelation 4:8b

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 2 Samuel 6) In this portion of scripture Saul has passed away and David is now King. David was moving the ark of God to Jerusalem, but took the holiness of God for granted. They forgot how to transport the ark properly which resulted in Uzzah reaching out to touch the ark. Since God is holy and we were separated from Him because of sin, the touching of the ark resulted in death. Afterwards, David and the Israelites looked at the Law of Moses and learned how to transport the ark properly. God is a holy loving God and created the law in order for us to be saved from death. Eventually, God would send his own son to pay the price of death and fulfill the law, in order for us to be saved.

The Jesus Connection:
Read Exodus 25:16–22.
David celebrated the return of the ark because it represented the presence of the Lord. In fact, the cover of the ark is called the atonement cover (Exodus 25:17 NIV).This pointed forward to Jesus who died to atone or pay for our sins. Now that Jesus
has come, he has made the final atonement for the sins of men. Now there is a new dwelling place for God—in the hearts of men. In a sense, every Christian is a living ark. The presence of God is in us!

David and Goliath

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Salvation belongs to the Lord

“All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands” 
1 Samuel 17:47

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child 1 Samuel 17) God had left Saul because Saul did not want to follow the plan that God had for him and Israel. He constantly did the opposite of God’s plans, so David, the youngest son of Jesse was chosen by God to eventually become King. In one instance, Saul was terrified of the Philistines and their war hero Goliath. Saul no longer had confidence since he knew he was no longer in God’s favor. David however knew that Goliath was an enemy to God’s people, not just the king. He knew he could win because God was with him. David defeated the large man Goliath and he began to prosper ever since.

The Jesus Connection:
Read 1 Samuel 17:47.
Who are you most like in this story: Goliath, Saul and the men of Israel, or David? We all would like to think we are like David, but when trials come to us, we can struggle to trust God like the men of Israel did. The truth is that we are more like the men of Israel than we realize. We all have a giant in our lives—sin. We can’t conquer that giant by ourselves. Like Israel, we need a Savior who will fight and conquer our giant for us. David was the man God sent to save Israel from the enemy, Goliath; and Jesus is the man God sent to save us from our enemy, sin. David offered to take up Goliath’s challenge to come forward and represent Israel. If he won, Israel would win; if he lost, all of Israel would become servants of the Philistines. Like David, Jesus stood in our place. Now everyone who trusts in him shares in his victory over sin.