From the Sermon: Psalm 65
Preacher: Pastor Jon Needham
Scripture: Psalm 65
MAIN POINTS: 1) God’s Work in Creation 2) God’s Work in Deliverance 3) God’s Work in Redemption
Psalm 65 is a rallying cry for all to worship God because he is worthy of all our worship. All creation sings of his glory and shows us of his love, he has delivered us from evil and sustained our lives, and he has redeemed us from our sin through Jesus Christ. All praise and honor be to God!
Family Discussion Questions:
1. What’s something that surprised or confused you about this Bible passage?
2. In what specific ways has God used creation to reveal himself to you?
3. How has God been your deliverer?
4. What burden of guilt or shame are you still carrying and need to hand over to Jesus?
5. How does this Psalm encourage your heart today?
· Read the sermon summary together as a family. Build this into your regular routine, perhaps reading together around the table during a meal.
· There are five questions, each with a different theme. You can choose one night a week to go over all five, do a couple of questions a few times a week, or discuss one question per day.
· Each question is meant to be a conversation starter- model for your children how to answer these questions by sharing your own personal insights.
· Even if your conversations don’t go as planned, don’t be discouraged. ALL time spent talking about and reading God’s word is valuable!
· The more consistent you are in having these discussions, the more fruitful they will be. As this becomes part of your weekly rhythm, your kids will anticipate the questions and listen more attentively at church.
- Genesis 1:1
- Psalm 19:1
- Romans 1:20
- 1 John 1:9; 4:10
- John 3:16
Use these additional scriptures as daily reading. This is also a great way to help your children learn to locate passages in the Bible.
Attribute of God:
JEALOUS: All affection, worship, and honor belong to God. He is jealous for our hearts, knowing that anything other than himself will lead to death.
We focus on a new attribute of God each week to discuss as a family. Use this time to discuss who God is, answer questions the kids
might have, and talk about what that week’s attribute means to each person in your family.
COMMUNITY: Spend some time this week praying for the first responders in your community.
Each week of the month has its own prayer theme: Church, Family, Community, and Repentance. Use these themes to show your children how to pray. It can be helpful to add this to an already existing routine, like at bedtime or when you’re in the car together.
I’ll Not Be Shaken (Psalm 62)
For God alone I wait in silence.
My soul is still before the Lord.
He is my rock and my salvation,
My fortress strong; I trust in Him.
I’ll not be shaken, I’ll not be shaken,
For all my hope is in His love.
From God alone comes my salvation;
I’ll wait and trust His steadfast love.
Put not your hope in gain of riches;
Seek not your rest in empty wealth.
The rich are weak, the poor are mighty
Who turn to God alone for help.
Pour out your heart to God our refuge
And trust in Him to hear you cry.
No other hope will never fail you,
No other love will not run dry
Each month we highlight a different song for you to sing together. Singing is an integral part of worship! Singing as a family helps teach the kids how to worship at church, and as they learn more songs, they will be able to participate more on Sunday mornings. You can practice your songs in the car, at the dinner table, when you wake up, or at bedtime! You can also check out our playlist on Spotify and sing along with your favorite worship songs.
Psalm 119:130 “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”
This is the same memory verse that the whole church is learning and it rotates monthly. Practice reciting it as a family each day at least once. Dinner time is a great opportunity to practice together.
New City Catechism:
Questions 29: How can we be saved?
Answer: Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross.