LESSON TO STUDY AND MEMORIZE PSALM 27 FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS

God used Psalm 27 to minister to me during one of the darkest moments of my life. At just a few days old, our fifth born child Isaiah was facing a lot of complications and initially the Dr.’s were at a lost, they did not know what was going on.  His health began to rapidly decline.  Isaiah means God is my salvation.  When we initially chose this name for Isaiah, we had no clue what was in store for us.  We did not realize that the only thing that was going to get us through was the reality that God was our salvation (not just delivering us from our sins but delivering us from every obstacle that came our way).  He proved Himself to be our light during this dark time.  You can read more about Isaiah’s story here.

In the meantime, our Pastor preached a great message yesterday focusing on Psalm 27:1-6. The title of his message was “One Thing.”  He encouraged us to ask for nothing else in prayer except the presence of the Lord (Psalm 27:4) for the next 21 days. I wanted to get my children involved in the process and I wanted to review and memorize Psalm 27: 1-6 with them. With that said, I have created a brief “study” to use with my children at home for these verses.  My plan is to introduce one verse each week (highlighted in blue), discuss it (questions in red), and move on once they have the verse memorized. The questions in red are just a starting point. I am sure as we discuss the Lord will give more insight to share with the children so that they can “own” the verse. Memorizing God’s word is not just for young children but also for adults so this is why I am sharing this brief study with you.  I recommend printing this out and having it on hand to have a quick devotion by yourself or with your children every day for the rest of January and for all of February.  Feel free to add on more questions as the Lord leads.  Leave a comment and let me know if you will take part. Be blessed!

Psalm 27: 1-6

1 aThe Lord is my light and my salvation—
    so why should I be afraid? (Memorize January 19-21)

Questions to ask

-What does it mean for the Lord to be your light and your salvation?

-What is the purpose of light?

-What does salvation mean?

-Do you have to be afraid of anything?
1b The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
    so why should I tremble? (Memorize January 22-24)

Questions to ask

-What is the purpose of a fortress?

-Google search a picture of a fortress for the children to better understand?

-What kind of dangers do we face?

-What reasons does our enemies present to make us tremble?

-Do you have to be afraid?
When evil people come to devour me,
    when my enemies and foes attack me,
    they will stumble and fall. (Memorize January 25-31)

Questions to ask: 

-When I read this verse, how does this make me feel about bullies?  Do I have to fear them?

What makes a person evil?  Does an evil person always have a mean look on her face?  How can we know if a person is evil?

Why will they stumble and fall when they attack me?

Though a mighty army surrounds me,
    my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
    I will remain confident. (Memorize February 1-6th)

Questions to ask:

What are some of the armies that surround me, what are some of the overwhelming circumstances that I face?

What kind of attacks do I face as a follower of Christ?

How can I remain confident even when I am being attacked?  What or who makes this possible?

 

4 The one thing I ask of the Lord—
    the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
    delighting in the Lord’s perfections
    and meditating in his Temple.( Memorize February 7th-13th)

Questions to ask:

What is the ONE THING that we should seek the most?

What does seeking the presence of the Lord “look” like?

What does it mean to delight in the Lord’s perfection and meditating in his temple? 

Stop and take note of what you think about the most.  Is it on the goodness of the Lord?  Is in His perfections? 
For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
    he will hide me in his sanctuary.
    He will place me out of reach on a high rock. (Memorize February 14th-20th)

Questions to ask:

-The world is in a crisis.  Do I have to be afraid when we are discussing all the troubles that are around us?

-What hope do I have?

-If I am a Christian, does this mean that I will never go through troubles?

-What is this verse really saying?

Then I will hold my head high
    above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
    singing and praising the Lord with music. (Memorize February 21st-27th)

Questions to ask:

-Is praising God my daily habit?

-Should my praise be quiet?  How does this verse say we should praise God?

 

 

Anika Jones

About the Author

Anika Jones

Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!

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Shira Garnett

Very good read Anika! I shall do this wisdom exercise with my grandson, at the same time with myself too!

    Anika Jones

    Happy to hear Shira, pray that it is a blessing to the both of you!

Rees

Really neat to see you wrote this almost 2 years ago and the Lord is still using it. I am going to do it myself! I am 22 years old, and really needing to memorize this truth right now. Thank you Anika

Anika Jones

Your comment blessed my heart! I am so glad to hear that this is helpful for you. I pray it provides the encouragement you need!

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