Psalm 23 Week One
Many of the kids learned the all of the 1 Corinthians 13 memory verses. This week we are starting a new session with the goals of remembering Psalm 23 and learning more about American missions.
Lesson Day One: Provision
Over the next few weeks we are going to remember the words of a very important Psalm, Psalm 23, the “Good Shepherd Psalm.” Jesus is like our “Good Shepherd.” What does a shepherd do for his sheep? –protect, lead to food and water and a shepherd cares for his sheep. This verse will help you remember Jesus is with you when you are scared or alone. Here is the whole verse:
1 The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.
2 He lets me lie down in fields of green grass.
He leads me beside quiet waters.
3 He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths for the honor of his name.
4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid.
You are with me.
Your shepherd’s rod and staff comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me right in front of my enemies.
You pour oil on my head.
My cup runs over.
6 I am sure that your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life.
And I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
(Your parents may want you to remember another translation. That is fine. Just write it down and bring it in to me so I know what you are remembering.)
Provision: This first week we are going to talk about Provision. A good shepherd always provides for His sheep. Listen to the first part of the verse again:
**The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.
**2 He lets me lie down in fields of green grass.
** He leads me beside quiet waters.
**3 He gives me new strength.
**He guides me in the right paths
**for the honor of his name.
What does it mean to provide? Provision, or to provide, is to have things we need ready for us. This part of the Psalm is saying that God is always ready to give us food, water, energy and direction when we need it. Here’s an important point–He can only provide these things for those who will follow Him. Listen again and tell me if you hear some things sheep need and while you say them I will put similar things we need in this backpack. (Have a backpack ready with food, a water bottle, a power bar, and a map)
The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.
He lets me lie down in fields of green grass. (food: what do sheep eat? –grass)
He leads me beside quiet waters. (water: What do sheep drink? –water)
He gives me new strength. (energy: We might give up without God’s strength.)
He guides me in the right paths (map, direction)
for the honor of his name. (Being a Good Shepherd shows us He is a King)
Provision is having things we need ready for us when we need them. Just like we take a backpack along on a hike to have things we will need ready for us when we are out in the woods; Jesus, our good shepherd is always with us to be sure we have food, water, strength for his plan and best of all a plan or map.
Materials: a backpack, food, a water bottle, a power bar (if you don’t have a power bar use any bar and tape a piece of paper to it with the word “POWER” on it), and a map
Important Point: Jesus is the Good Shepherd and will provide the things you need if you follow Him.
Mission Point: How do you think this Psalm would help missionaries that are risking their life to tell people about Jesus?
Direction: Print out Psalm 23 Cards (one for each child) and Provision cards (one for each child) and cut them out on the dotted line. Put each provision in it’s own bag. Cut out the two large sides of the brown paper grocery bags you have (one bag/ 2 children). Fold the large sides into four sections and glue the whole verse of Psalms 23 to the top. Open the brown paper up and on the other side drawl an “s” curve dotted line. At the top of the dotted line, write “1” inside a box (box should be the size of a provision card) and at the bottom, write a “5” inside a box (provision card). Along the line, in numerical order, write “2,” “3,” and “4” inside each of their boxes. Hide the cards for the treasure hunt. You may need tape to secure them in place. To start give them the first clue and as they find the cards let them glue the cards to their maps. Place the correct provision on the corresponding number. Use the Provision Card Teacher Instructions to help with the Treasure Hunt.
Materials: marker, scissors, a Large black marker, tape, paper bags (one bag for Two children) and glue sticks.