We Praise You God!
Introduce the Psalms to students by sharing short paraphrases from psalms of praise and thanksgiving for creation.
Ask the children about the imagery they can hear and imagine through the words.
- What could that look like?
- Is that a place you might like to be?
- Is that something you might like to see?
- Why do we praise God for creation?
- How can we praise God for creation?
Find some imagery, such as paintings or photos, which could be shown to the children to provide examples of the words from the psalms. Discuss how Jesus would have sung psalms as a young Jewish boy to praise and give thanks to God. Find familiar songs from the psalms that the children could sing together.
Children could match the images with the words from the psalms. This could be done verbally for the younger students.
Children can create their own images to illustrate verses from the psalms; paint, draw, collage with magazine pictures or coloured paper, use a digital webtool, or a laminated mosaic picture. Use the children’s images as a stimulus for prayers of praise and thanksgiving during class prayer.
Smaller images of creation could be attached to strips with the words from the psalms to create a bunting effect to hang across the room or window.
Some Suggested verses from the Psalms
Psalms 8, 19, 23, 104
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established
The heavens are telling the wonders of God,
and the skies declare God’s handiwork. (Ps 19:1)
Your goodness and mercy will always be with me each day of
my life, and I will live forever in your house, Lord. (Ps 23:6)
You provide streams of water in the hills and valleys, so that the
donkeys and other wild animals can satisfy their thirst. Birds build
their nests nearby and sing in the trees. From your home you
send rain on the hills and water the earth. (Ps 104:10-13)
Delval, Marie-Helen. (2008). Psalms for Young Children. Cambridge: Eerdmans Books.
Mangan, Michael. CD Forever I will sing: Psalms for all seasons.
Brown, Monica. Our God is Good; Song of Creation; Come Gather and Praise; A Song of Praise in CD: Praise and Blessings
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