Parents' Corner | December 8, 2019
When Jesus met two disciples on the road to Emmaus, He told them, “These are My words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms must be fulfilled” (Luke 24:44).
How does the Book of Psalms point us to Jesus? While the book does contain some implicit Messianic psalms, what is the significance of the songs of lament, the proclamations of confidence, and the accounts of God’s mercy toward His people?
King David wrote about half of the psalms, while the rest were written over time by Moses, Solomon, and others. These are the words of God’s people. These are heartfelt words poured out to the Lord by men in a wide variety of circumstances.
In Psalm 51, David cried out for forgiveness after Nathan the prophet confronted him about his sin with Bathsheba. In Psalm 90, Moses prayed for God’s mercy on His people. Psalm 100 is a psalm for giving thanks, “for Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal” (Ps. 100:5).
God responded to these expressions from His people with His Son, Jesus. Jesus provides the forgiveness David longed for. Jesus died on the cross to provide salvation for undeserving sinners. God showed mercy and displayed His goodness and eternal love through Jesus. Jesus is the One our hearts long for. He is the answer to our prayers, our cries, and our praises.
People wrote songs to praise God because of who He is. The Book of Psalms is a treasured collection of verses meant to be sung. As you teach them to your kids, emphasize that God hears us when we cry out to Him. He has provided for the deepest longing of our hearts by giving us Jesus.
Family Ministry Pastor
The Well Community Church
Family Starting Points
December 8, 2019
Scripture Memory: 1 John 4:14
“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”
Big Picture Question:
Why can we trust God? We can trust God because He is good.
Bible Story: Praises of God’s People (Psalms 1, 100, 110)
- People wrote psalms, or songs, to tell God how they felt.
- People wrote psalms to thank God and to praise God.
- People wrote psalms when they were sad or to say they were sorry.
Family Discussion Starters:
- Read Psalm 1. Talk about what the two ways of living look like. What are the differences?
- Invite family members to pray and talk to God about how they feel at that moment.
- Ask each family member to name a favorite praise song.
- Sing each family member’s favorite praise song.
- Read a psalm as a family several nights this week.
- Work together as a family to write a psalm and sing it to God.
- Elijah Confronted Evil Ahab (1 Kings 18)