Last week we learned that people have been singing about God for a long time. Does anyone remember the name of the book in the bible that has some of those songs in it? It’s called the book of Psalms. Many people feel closer to God when they sing. One way that I feel closer to God is if I sing the scriptures. So we are going to practice doing that today!
Near the beginning of today’s Psalm it says, “his love endures forever” and toward the end of the psalm it says, “sing songs of joy.” Those two lines reminded me of a song I know. Have you ever heard this song? Sing or play the first verse to “Forever” by Chris Tomlin. As you sing the song, sing the lines quietly but sing out on the phrases “his love endures forever” and “sing praise.” Did you hear how the song goes between a line of words and then the phrase “his love endures forever?” Was there any other part you heard repeated? See if children remember that sing praise is also repeated. Today instead of singing this song as it’s written we are going to sing our scripture. So I will read a line from the scripture and then together we will sing “his love endures forever” and then I’ll read another line from the scripture and we’ll sing “his love endures forever…sing praise, sing praise.” Let’s practice just those two parts now. You may want to invite the congregation to join you in singing the lines “his love endures forever” and “his love endures forever…sing praise, sing praise.”
Now that we know our parts, let’s sing today’s scripture. Remember I’ll read a line and then we’ll sing, then I’ll read another line, and we’ll sing again. We’ll keep repeating that until our scripture is done. The scripture for today is Psalm 107:1-3, and Psalm 107:17-22. Read a line of scripture and then invite the children and congregation to sing their part. If you are using the Message Bible version this is how it might go:
Oh, thank God—he’s so good! his love endures forever
His love never runs out. (I’d leave this line out because in essence you just
All of you set free by God, tell the world! his love endures forever…sing
praise, sing praise
Tell how he freed you from oppression, his love endures forever
Then rounded you up from all over the place, his love endures forever…sing
praise, sing praise
from the four winds, from the seven seas. (again I’d leave this line out and
continue on with vs 17)
Continue until you finish Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22
Wow! What a beautiful job you did singing this Psalm! This Psalm doesn’t say that life will always be perfect. In fact, sometimes life is really yucky and hard. But what we have to remember is that God’s love endures forever! And because we have God to turn to in the tough times we sing praise!
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