BIG IDEA: GOD IS MAJESTIC
AIM: The ‘Majesty’ Childrens Lesson on Psalm 8 aims to help children see that we can use songs and poems as a way to tell God how great He is and to lift up His name! This is the second session in the ‘Summer of Song’s children’s ministry teaching series.
- Kings and Queens Relay. (regular/widescreen) Children line up in teams and run to the end of the room where they put on a king or queen costume. They take it off and run back to tag the next member of the team. That team member repeats the process and so on until everyone has had their turn. The first team that completes the relay first is the winning team.
- Pin the Crown. (regular/widescreen) You will need a large picture of a king and some crowns and blindfolds. Makes sure the crowns have sticky back tape on them. Children are blindfolded and must try and pin the crown onto the correct place on the king – on his head. The child that gets the crown the closest is the winner.
- King, King, Jester. (regular/widescreen) Played just as you would play ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’; everyone sits in a circle with one person on. However, each member is given the label ‘king’ until you call someone a ‘jester’. At this point the player must stand up and chase the person around the circle and try to sit back before the other person. Whoever does not make it into the spot must go around the circle labelling people once again.
BIG VERSE: Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Psalm 103:1
SET the Scene:
Read Psalm 8 together. Remind the children that this is a song to God. We can sing songs of joy or songs of sadness. This Psalm is a song of praise to God – it tells of God’s greatness.
- What does it mean to call God’s name ‘majestic’?
- How big do you think God is?
- When you think about how big God is, how does it make you feel?
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1) GOD IS MAJESTIC – (ROYAL POWER)
Hold up a huge sign with the word ‘Majestic’ on it. You could even make this into an activity beforehand and have the children decorate the sign.
Say: Do you know what the word ‘Majestic means? Maybe you have seen people talk about the king or queen and say ‘Your Majesty’ as they bow or curtsey? To be majestic is to have royal power – power as a King or Queen. There are many Kings and Queens in the world. They have power to make decisions in their countries. Yet God is the King of all kings – He is the most powerful King in all the Universe, because He made it!
The Psalm sings of how God is our King. He has all power and we can come to Him knowing that He is in control. God in the creator of the Universe, yet He humbles Himself so that we can know Him. He sent His only Son into the world so that we could know God and become like Him. Wow! What an amazing king! He is a king that came to serve and help those that would turn to Him. We can each turn to Jesus for help today and we can know that God’s Holy Spirit will help us to live for God.
2) GOD IS MAJESTIC – (IMPRESSIVE SCALE AND BEAUTY)
Use the Eye Zoom to Space video to help communicate this message. Alternatively use photo images of the beauty and grandure of creation. You could even use a ‘What is this?’ sheet with zoomed in images that children must work out what the item is.
Say: The word majestic also has another meaning – it means to be impressive with beauty and scale. Have you ever tried to impress someone with how great you are? It might not have worked, because we are all only people. Yet God is the King of the Universe – He is so big and so great that words can’t explain or describe how amazing and beautiful and grand He is.
The writer of this Psalm – the Psalmist – realised how big and how great God is. He says in verses 3-8:
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
When we think of God all we need to say is WOW! He is incredible. There is and will never be anyone like Him ever. We could live a hundred lifetimes and still not realise how amazing He truly is! Yet He loves us and thinks of us – He is mindful of you. He think about you! The Psalmist sings this Psalm as a reminder that God is majestic – His name is majestic in both royal power and impressive beauty and scale.
SEARCH the Scriptures:
Throw Your Crowns. (regular/widescreen) Using bible verses on the majesty of God, encourage your children to throw the crowns and try to land them over different small pots or tins. Alternatively throw the crowns into a large target printed out onto the floor.
SENSE How You Feel:
- Make Crowns using the ‘God is the King of Kings Crown Hat’ Printable.
- Create a Crown Card.
- Color a King Bible Verse Bookmark. These Psalm 28:10 bookmarks are fantastic to help children think about God as their king. Attach colorful ribbons.
- Make a Paper Plate Crown.
- Using sequins decorate a King of Kings Printable.
- Color the Psalm 93 Printable.
- Is God the King of your life?
- How is God the King of your life?
- Make a throne area in the room and have kids write and draw prayers to show God how amazing they know He is. Encourage them to write or draw messages of thanks and praise.
- Use the God is King Response Cards and ask children to write or draw message of thanks of praise to God.