‘I shall always bless the Lord; his praises shall be in my mouth forevermore’. Psalm 34:1

 
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Week 3 objectives: to discover what the word ‘bless’ means and to think about David saying he would bless the Lord at all times. 

Game - 8 mins
Aims: to play ‘What's the time, Mr Wolf?’ and think about the different times of the day before talking about David saying he was going to bless God all the time. 
You will need: masking tape. 

Before the session, stick a strip of masking tape to the floor - this will be the starting line. Choose a child or helper to be Mr Wolf. Mr Wolf needs to stand about five or six meters from the starting line with his back towards the children. The remaining children stand at the starting line and call out ‘What’s the time, Mr Wolf?’ Mr Wolf replies with a time - for example, ‘It’s 1 o’clock’. On hearing this the children take one step towards Mr Wolf. They then ask again ‘What’s the time, Mr Wolf?’. Mr Wolf replies with another time - for example, ‘It’s 5 o’clock’. On hearing this the children take five steps towards Mr Wolf. This continues until ‘Mr Wolf’ thinks somebody is close behind him. The next time he is asked ‘What’s the time, Mr Wolf?’ he replies ‘Dinner time’, at which point he turns around and tries to catch somebody. As Mr Wolf turns around all the children run back to the starting line hoping not to get caught. 
 


Talk about - 5 mins
You will need: a whiteboard or a large sheet of paper, marker pens and a Bible.

Before the session write the verse on a whiteboard or a large sheet of paper. Circle the reference.

Remind the children that the Bible tells us that King David wrote Psalm 34. Draw King David as a stick man and write ‘David’ underneath. 

Circle the word ‘bless.’ Ask the children if they have heard the word ‘bless’ before – ask them if they know what it means.

Explain that we sometimes say somebody is blessed when they have lots of good things. Draw a big smiley face next to the word ‘bless’. The good things might not be stuff like toys and clothes; it could be things like feeling well, and good friendships. Christians believe God blesses them by giving them good things. The Bible teaches that Christians can bless other people by praying that God will give them good things too. However the Bible also says that people can bless God. But how can they bless him? Christians believe they bless God by giving him good things – their time, their attention, their love and their praise; they believe that these are all good things God loves to receive. In this Psalm David said he was going to bless God by giving him praise. David said that he was going to bless God all the time. Underline this phrase in the verse.  

Remind the children of the game they have just played. Encourage the children to think about all the different things they do in a day. Hold up a clock and see if the children know what they do at 7 o’clock in the morning or 6 o’clock in the evening. Try and encourage the children to think about how they could bless God at different times of the day.


Song - 2 mins
To the tune of ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’.

    I will bless the Lord at all times his praise will always be,
    In my mouth and on my lips;
    I’ll thank Him constantly. 

    So if I’m feeling lonely* or if I’m feeling fine,
    I’ll sing the psalm that David wrote, 
    And praise God all the time…

    I will bless the Lord at all times his praise will always be,
    In my mouth and on my lips;
    I’ll thank Him constantly. 

*Ask the children to shout out other feelings such as sad, angry, tired, happy, hungry.
 

 
 
 
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