We put our hope in the LORD.
He is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
for our hope is in you alone.
The book of Psalms in the Bible is like a songbook or a prayer book. It is full of praises and thanks to God (the Lord) for all he has done and all he will do. Today I will ask some questions to help you think about the words above. Talk to whoever is reading with you to see what ideas they have, too. Let’s get started!
Are you hoping for anything right now? It could be something as simple as hoping dinner is really yummy tonight. Or maybe you’re hoping that the meanie at school will stop picking on the other kids.
A shield is for protection. Who or what makes you feel safe? Do you ever help someone else feel safe?
To rejoice means to be joyful or happy. What always puts a smile on your face? I bet you can name a bunch of things to answer that question!
I’m sure Mom and Dad have told you that you can’t trust everybody all the time. Some people are just plain bad or mean. You probably trust your best friend to keep your secrets, right?
God’s love is unfailing. That means he never fails. People can make a promise and then not be able to keep it. People let us down or make us sad. They don’t do it on purpose, but that’s how life is sometimes. God always loves us and always does what he says.
Now read that last verse again and let it wrap you up like a warm hug. “Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.” God is good! All the time!