The BIG idea:  The LORD saves me with his steadfast love.

Nursery

Snack time: Pray and read Psalm 6.
Dear Jesus,
Thank you for your steadfast love.
Thank you for hearing me when I cry.
Help me to obey you and my mommy and daddy.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Read Psalm 6:
6 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath.
2 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.
3 My soul also is greatly troubled.
But you, O Lord—how long?
4 Turn, O Lord, deliver my life;
save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5 For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who will give you praise?
6 I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
7 My eye wastes away because of grief;
it grows weak because of all my foes.
8 Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.


Sing the Psalms:
Sing “Our Delight” (Psalm 1) and “In the Morning” (Psalm 5) from Singing the Psalms


3's & 4's

Opening Activity:
Bible Verse hopscotch: Psalm 6:9 in a hopscotch pattern and tape the corners to the floor so the children don’t slip. Have each child take turns hopping across the verse, saying each word out loud as they land on it
- 1 word per page (might be best to place each page in a sheet protector or laminate)


Memory Verse:
Psalm 5:11-12
But let all who take refuge in your rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.


Discussion/Teaching:
Bible: What is David’s mood in this Psalm? (unhappy, sad, troubled, weary, weak, etc.) What is he doing in this Psalm? (He is crying out to God). Does anyone remember the name for this type of Psalm? It is a Psalm of Lament. Have there ever been times when you have felt
unhappy, sad? If not, there will be times in your life where you may feel that way. This Psalm gives you a wonderful example of where to go during those times and how to cry out to God.
David begins the Psalm by asking God to be “gracious” or good to him (v.2). Does David
deserve this? No… but this is the meaning of “grace.”
At the end of verse 2, we start to see just how sad David really is. After asking the Lord to be
good to him, how does he talk himself? He uses a lot of big words that mean he feels like “I am dying” or “falling away.” It gives us an idea of just how terrible David really feels. He asks the Lord to heal him because he feels so terrible. In verses 6-7 David describes that he has been this way for long time. He has been crying every night, and he is crying so much his eyes are actually sleepy.
David has more requests for God. He asks God in verse 4 to “save me for the sake of your
steadfast love.” This won’t be the only time you hear this in the Psalms! David is asking God to save him because of God’s love for David instead of because David loves Him. God’s love is unfailing. His love will never give up. If God loves you, you can count on him saving you! Do you think God loves David even when he is crying himself to sleep and feels so sad? Of course He does! Why? Because of his steadfast (or never ending) love. Believe it or not, there are times when we are more difficult to love. Does God love us then? Yes! Why? Because of his steadfast (or never ending) love for us.
The last part of verse 8 says, “for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.” Weeping
means crying really hard. Does God hear David’s cries? Yes! We’ve been learning that God
hears us when we cry out to him.


Faith: The Lord hears his people-- even in times of trouble. We see story after story in the
Bible of God rescuing his people. God came to our rescue in a big way by sending Jesus to die for us and by rescuing us with HIS steadfast love. He came to save us NOT because of our love for him but because of his steadfast love for US.


Love: This Psalm teaches us how to act in times of trouble or when we’re really sad. During
these times, just like David, we run to God. Don’t run away from him. He cares for us, hears us, loves us, and is kind to us.
This should also teach us to run to help others who need it because we have been shown love by God. Now we have HIS heart.

Hope: We also have an eternal or undying, hope that there is a day coming where “He will
wipe away every tear…” says Revelation Chapter 21. Revelation is the very last book of the
Bible. Chapter 21 describes what the New Heaven and New Earth will be like when God makes everything new again. Verse 4 says: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” What a beautiful hope we have that one day everything will be perfect again and no one will feel troubled or sad!

Sing the Psalms:
Sing “Our Delight” (Psalm 1) and “In the Morning” (Psalm 5) from Singing the Psalms

Snack Time and Prayer:
Dear LORD,
Thank you for always loving me. Thank you for loving me when I am sad and when I am mad. Please help me remember that you save me with your steadfast love. Please help me show your love to the people around me.
Amen


K - 3rd grade

Opening Activity: 
Obstacle “Troubles” Course:
Set-up: four or five chairs so that the kids can crawl under or jump over or run around to get from one side of the room to the other side.
Have them split into two teams and when one kid gets the other side of the room then the next kid in line can start.


Discussion/Teaching:
Have the kids continue to say “Save me with your steadfast love” everytime they hear Lord.


Bible: What is David’s mood in this Psalm? (unhappy, sad, troubled, weary, weak, etc.) What is he doing in this Psalm? (He is crying out to God). Does anyone remember the name for this type of Psalm? It is a Psalm of Lament. Have there ever been times when you have felt
unhappy, sad, or have cried so much it hurts? If not, there will be times in your life where you may feel that way. This Psalm gives you a wonderful example of where to go during those times and how to cry out to God.
David begins the Psalm by asking God to be “gracious” to him (v.2). Does David deserve this?
No… but this is the meaning of “grace.” He asks God not to rebuke him in his anger (even
though God has reason to). He asks God not to discipline him in his wrath (even though he
deserves it). Instead he asks God to be gracious to him.
At the end of verse 2, we start to see just how troubled David really is. After asking the Lord to be gracious to him, how does he describe himself? Find the word he uses. “Languishing.” Let’s talk about what that word means. Languishing actually means “I am dying” or “fainting away.”
It’s like the weakness a person feels before death. Ask the kids to act out “Languishing” , falling on the ground “dying” or fainting. This is a very strong and powerful word! It gives us an idea of just how terrible David really feels. Say, “Everytime you hear the name “David” show me languishing.” He asks the Lord to heal him because his bones are troubled and his soul is also greatly troubled. In verses 6-7 David describes that he has been this way for awhile. He has been crying every night, and he is crying so much his eyes are actually physically exhausted. David has more requests for God. He asks God in verse 4 to “save me for the sake of your steadfast love.” This won’t be the only time you hear this in the Psalms! He is asking God not to save him because of his love for God, but because of God’s love for David. Say, “What could “steadfast love” mean?” (Allow children to discuss and share answers) God’s love is unfailing. His love will never give up. If God loves you, you can count on him saving you-- even when you are in your darkest moments of sin and sadness! Do you think God loves David even when he is crying himself to sleep and feels so deeply troubled? Of course he does! Why? Because of his steadfast love. Think of a time that you weren’t the most pleasant person to be around.
Believe it or not, there are times when we are more difficult to love. Maybe you were
heartbroken or sad. Does God love us then? Yes! Why? Because of his steadfast love for us.


Read the first part of Verse 8. “Depart from me, all you workers of evil.” Who do you think
“workers of evil” are?
They are David’s enemies. Now read the last part of verse 8. “for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.” Does God hear David’s cries? Yes! We’ve been learning that God hears us when we cry out to him. David stands strong upon the steadfast love of the Lord and is able, even in his worst moments, to tell his enemies to watch out. How can he do this? Because his God heard the sound of his distress.


Faith: The Lord hears his people-- even in times of trouble. It is ok for us to feel troubled, and in the Bible we see that even Jesus felt this way. Let’s look at Luke 22:39 when Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane praying to God. We know that Jesus was very sorrowful, and verse 44 says “and being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Even Jesus cried out to God when he was troubled! This is a great example for us! What can we rely on to save us from our troubles? We can rely on the steadfast love of the Lord- just like Jesus did.
The Lord’s steadfast love is very strong and very big. We see story after story in the Bible of
God rescuing his people. God came to our rescue in a big way by sending Jesus to die for us and by rescuing us with HIS steadfast love. He has been gracious to us-- not dealing with us the way we deserve. He has heard our distress. He came to save us NOT because of our love for him but because of his steadfast love for US.

Love: This Psalm teaches us how to act in times of trouble. Let’s share some times of
“trouble”?
Scary dreams? Skinned your knee? Fell down the stairs? Can’t find your favorite toy?
Times when we are living in sin, when we are sad or scared, when we cry ourselves to sleep, when everything seems dark around us. During these times, just like David, we run to God.
Don’t run away from him. He cares for us, hears us, loves us, and is gracious to us.
This should also teach us to run to help others who need it. It teaches us to even love our
enemies! We love them before they love us. We can love and care for them… not because of their love for us but because of our love for them. Why would we have this sort of love for them? (allow children to share answers). It’s because we have been shown that sort of love by God. Now we have HIS heart.
As you learn how to mourn and lament and go to God in times of trouble, you can point others to the steadfast love of the Lord, too! Let’s think of a way to do that. What if your friend shared with you that they get scary dreams? How could you cry out to God in this situation?
Don’t keep quiet. Don’t run from God, but cry out to God in his presence! Trust in his steadfast love. God’s love is stronger than any fear or pain you feel. Why is it good to share your pain?

Hope:
This Psalm gives us hope that it is ok to feel like our bones are troubled, and to grieve and
mourn. When we cry ourselves to sleep, we can cry out to a Great God who is bigger than our “mess” and who will comfort us in these times. God gives us a community to share our troubles with so that they can point us to his steadfast love.
We also have an eternal hope that there is a day coming where “He will wipe away every
tear…” Let’s turn to Revelation Chapter 21. Revelation is the very last book of the Bible.
Chapter 21 describes what the New Heaven and New Earth will be like when God restores all things back to himself. Let’s read verse 4: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” What a beautiful hope we have that one day everything will be perfect again and no one will feel troubled or sad! Let’s do a quick review, What are
troubles? What is Languishing? What do we mean by God’s steadfast love? Why is it
important to share our troubles with others? What is the promise we have in Revelation 21:4?
One day all our troubles will be wiped away.

Sing the Psalms:
Sing “Our Delight” (Psalm 1) and “In the Morning” (Psalm 5) from Singing the Psalms

Snack Time and Prayer:
O Lord, you are gracious to me. When I am scared or feel alone, you save me with your steadfast love. Thank you for hearing me when I cry out to you with my troubles.

Craft/Game:
Coffee filter Craft:
Give each child a coffee filter. Using a marker (not dark colors or black), have children write (or draw) some of the things that trouble them. Remind children that when we cry out to the Lord with our troubles he hears us. Why does he care for us enough to save us? Because of His steadfast love for us. He loves us so much that one day he will erase all of our troubles and wipe every tear from our eyes. Let’s take our water bottles and spray it over our troubles to see what happens. Look… just like God takes our “mess” and turns it into something beautiful, we have turned our troubles into beautiful art as well!
If extra time remains, children can complete a Psalm 6 Word Search.