This Psalm is a prayer from King David, who had been on the run from King Saul. It can feel, even for children, like we are being chased through this life! God is our ever present help in times of trouble, and kids need to know they can bravely and boldly call on Him.
"God, save me because of who you are.
By your strength show that I am innocent.
Hear my prayer, God.
Listen to what I say.
Strangers turn against me.
Cruel men want to kill me.
They do not care about God. Selah
See, God will help me.
The Lord will spare my life.
Let my enemies be punished with their own evil.
Destroy them because you are loyal to me.
I will offer a sacrifice as a special gift to you.
I will thank you, Lord, because you are good.
You have saved me from all my troubles.
I have seen my enemies defeated.”
11. Psalm 61: A Prayer for Protection
Jesus died on the cross to usher us back into God’s presence. He is our protection in times of trouble, and refuge from the waging war of this fallen world. Our children need to know He hears them when they pray.
"God, hear my cry.
Listen to my prayer.
I call to you from the ends of the earth.
I am afraid.
Carry me away to a high mountain.
You have been my protection,
like a strong tower against my enemies.
Let me live in your Holy Tent forever.
Protect me as a bird protects its young under its wings. Selah
God, you have heard my promises.
You have given me the things that belong to those who fear you.
Give the king a long life.
Let him live many years.
Let him rule in the presence of God forever.
Protect him with your love and truth.
Then I will praise your name forever.
And every day I will keep my promises.”
12. Psalm 93: The Majesty of God
Our confidence as Christians is rooted in who God is. He reigns, unsurprised by the chaos in the world, and in our everyday lives. It’s comforting to us, and to our children, to remember He reigns.
The Lord is king. He is clothed with majesty.
The Lord is clothed in majesty
and armed with strength.
The world is set,
and it cannot be moved.
Lord, your kingdom was set up long ago.
You are everlasting.
Lord, the seas rise up.
The seas raise their voice.
The seas lift up their pounding waves.
The sound of the water is loud.
The ocean waves are powerful.
But the Lord above is much greater.
Lord, your laws will stand forever.
Your Temple will be holy forevermore.”