One fun way to dig into the Bible together and find new ways to talk to Jesus is through the Psalms. David wrote these poems to express what he was feeling to God. His joy, sadness, anger, confusion, frustration—all of it is captured in these words.
Everybody has emotions and God likes to hear about how we’re feeling, even when we’re not feeling good. One of the big things David did was praise God, even when he felt lonely, mad, forgotten or sad. He always found some reason to praise God. Can you think of one reason to praise God right now?
In this Psalms series, we’ll dig into some of the Psalms and talk about them together, not all the time, but every now and then. We’ll think about how David felt, when we’ve felt like that and how we could tell God about it. Let’s start with Psalm 8. If you can, sit somewhere comfortable. Then close your eyes and imagine that you’re the person writing this to God. What do you feel as you write these words? Why would you be feeling this way?
O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens.
You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority—the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents.
O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Time to talk about it. As a family, discuss the Psalm:
- -What do you think David was feeling when he wrote this?
- -When have you felt like that?
- -What’s one emotion you’re feeling right now? (This fun chart can help!)
- -How could you tell God about it?