BIG IDEA: KNOWING JESUS IS THE BLESSED LIFE
AIM: ‘The Blessed Life’ Childrens Lesson on Psalm 1 is a fun session and the first in the ‘Summer of Songs’ teaching series. This session aims to help children think about the blessing of knowing Jesus and how they can express their love for him through song.
- Pineapple Bowling. (regular/widescreen) Line up some pineapples and have children roll a ball to knock them over. Play with two – four players or within teams and see who can knock the most pineapples over. The winning player or team could keep the pineapple… unless you want to eat them yourself, of course!
- Bottle Ring Toss. (regular/widescreen) Children compete to throw rings over the top of bottles. You may need to have liquid in the bottles to keep them sturdy. You may also want to number the bottles with different points to see who can win the most points in the game.
- Water Balloon Spoon Races. (regular/widescreen) Children compete to put their water balloon on a spoon and race to the end of the line without breaking their water balloon in the process. This can be played as a race or a team relay. If playing as a relay you may want spare water balloons to replace any broken ones. Children must start again if their water balloons breaks.
BIG VERSE: Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Psalm 103:1
INTRO QUESTION: What is your favorite song of all time?
INTRO: Today we’re going to be looking at what it means to have a blessed life. You see, David wrote a song all about it! Psalm 1 is a song written by David to the Lord. He knew what it means to know God and to know the blessed life. David knew he was truly blessed because He knew God. So he decided he wanted to sing all about it!
SET the Scene:
Read Psalm 1 together.
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
Not so the wicked!
They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
SPOT the Simple Meaning:
1) KNOWING JESUS IS THE BLESSED LIFE
You will need a large piece of paper on a stand and a marker for this object lesson. You may also want some real leaves and a branch from a tree (if any have already fallen off a local tree).
Say: Our Psalm today is the first in the Book fo Psalms. It tells us about two types of people: the blessed man and the wicked man. The blessed man delights himself in God’s Word. Are you blessed? When we read the Bible we find out who God is. We get to know Him; we learn about how He is three persons – God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We learn about how God the Father sent His only Son into the world to live and die so that we might know God. The Holy Spirit shows us who He is through the words of the Bible.
This Psalm tells us that when we delight in God’s Word – the Bible – we are like trees planted by a river. [Start to draw a tree on the page] What is a tree like? [Get children to give feedback and ask questions to encourage feedback; leafy, strong, tall etc] Trees grow strong and tall. They grow roots that keep them grounded and help them to stay in place. [Draw the roots of the tree] They grow leaves and some even produce fruit. [Draw leaves and fruit.] Trees last a really long time… they are not like flowers that die after a few days; trees last years. They are not like the chaff that fades away. Chaff is something that separates when wheat is lifted up into the air. It blows away in the wind. The wheat is the good stuff that lasts and is useful for food. God wants us to be like the wheat and not the chaff. He wants us to be like the strong trees.
Do you want to be strong? Do you want to be healthy? God shows us that when we delight ourselves in Him – when we know Him – we are blessed! We are the blessed person. Why? Because He makes us strong. He helps us to be like the trees that produce good fruit. Our fruit is the good things we do and are to others in our lives. Knowing Jesus is the blessed life.
2) SPENDING TIME WITH JESUS IS THE BLESSED LIFE
Say: This Psalm tells us that the blessed person meditates on God’s Word – the Bible – day and night. That means they think and pray about it all day and night. Have you ever not been able to get to sleep because you had something on your mind? [Get feedback] Well, that’s what it’s like for the person that meditates on and loves God’s Word!
Do you know how cows eat grass? When a cow eats grass they have a long good chew. Then they regurgitate it! YUK! They bring it back up into their mouths! Then they chew on it again before swallowing it. Did you know that a cow has four stomachs? They chew their food and keep bringing it back up. Yet that is how they make their milk. Eventually it will turn into good milk. It may take a long time, but it is definitely worth it!
That’s what it is like for us and God’s Word – the Bible. To know God – to know Jesus – is to spend time with Him in the Bible. That’;s where we discover His goodness! To spend time with Jesus is the blessed life!
SEARCH the Scriptures:
Blessings Galore. (regular/widescreen) Children aim their candy/balls/bean bags into several tubs. Inside each tub has one of the bible verses on blessings.If a child lands a candy/ball/bean bag into the tub they win the bible verse for their team. To make score keeping easy have each team use different color candy/balls/bean bags to represent their team.
- What is a blessing?
- How has God blessed you?
- Is it a blessing to know and follow Jesus? Why?
- How has knowing Jesus blessed you?
- If you could bless someone, who would it be?
- You get the chance to bless someone. How do you bless them?
- It’s time to bless someone. Why do you want to bless them?
SENSE How You Feel:
- Create a tree picture using tissue paper and the tree printable.
- Make a tree picture using the tree printable and buttons for leaves.
- Finger paint leaves onto the tree printable.
- Stick real or paper leaves onto the tree printable. Children could go outside and find items to stick around their tree.
- Create a tree that stands on it’s own.
- Potato print leaves onto the tree printable.
You could also create a large montage with all the children of a tree that can be hung up on a wall somewhere within your children’s ministry setting.
- Do you know Jesus? Ask the children if they know Jesus; if they have encountered him for themselves. Are they like the tree planted by still waters or do they feel dry?
- Are you spending time with Jesus? Encourage children to spend some time with Bibles. Give them the Psalm1 passage and give them 5 minutes to think and pray about. You may want to encourage them to go into their own space and put some worship music on to provide a quiet and peaceful surroundings.
- What is your song? You will need some simple musical instruments. Have some musical instruments (shakers, mini drums or xylophones) around the room or in a corner and ask the children to pick one up and to start to make a song unto the Lord. It could be any song; a song of praise and thanks or a song that shares their heart – how they are feeling at this moment in time. Explain that the Psalms were real. David shared his heart with God when he was happy, sad or anything in between. We can share our heart with God and ask Him to come in and share our lives as we play or sing to Him.