When you get through something big or have a major accomplishment, do you celebrate? What do you celebrate? Do you celebrate your greatness or the greatness of what God did through you? We definitely want to celebrate but we often forget the author of all those good and perfect things, God.
The Bible tells us that David was a man after God’s own heart. It is David that, through many Psalms, showed us how to praise God through the highs … and through the lows. David praised God, he danced for God and he celebrated all that God did for him and through him. God made David to do big things. God has also made each of us to do big things. And that is something to celebrate.
Here is a snapshot of what we will show the kids this week:
Bible Story Focus: We can celebrate that God made me to do big things. (David Praises • 2 Samuel 6:12-15)
Memory Verse: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, NIV
Key Question: Who made you to do big things?
Bottom Line: God made me to do big things.
Bible Story & Worship
Watch the Bible Story Video with your kids so you can recap and discuss it with them in the “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section. Then join your kids in worship as we sing and dance for God.
Next, use the Memory Verse video to practice our monthly verse. We have practiced this verse all month long. If you can, have a fun reward you can give them when they are able to say it all by themselves during our “Bring Jesus To Their Level” section. The activity sheet and coloring page are fun resources to help reinforce story and/or big idea.
Bring Jesus To Their Level
Finish up your church at home by recapping the story and practicing the memory again. Then say: “Our Bible story, today, was about how David praised God because God made him to do big things. And not only did God make David to do big things, God helped David be strong and courageous! Just like it says in the Bible verse we have been learning. ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid . . . for the Lord your God goes with you.’ Deuteronomy 31:6.
“The awesome thing is that God didn’t just help David be strong and courageous. God will help you and me be strong and courageous, too! Let’s say our Bible verse together. (Practice verse together and then see if each of your kids can say it all by themselves.)
“David celebrated and praised God because God made him to do big things. Today, I want us to celebrate and praise God because He made us to do big things, too! So, when I write your name in our prayer journal, I want you to stand up, and say, [Bottom Line] ‘God made me to do big things!’ Got it? Get ready to listen for your name. (Have each family member say, ‘God made me to do big things.’ Be sure to include yourself.)
“Yay, God! God made you, and [Bottom Line] God made me to do big things! Now it’s time to pray.Would anyone like to pray before I pray?” (Give your kid(s) an opportunity to pray if they want to.)
PRAYER: “Dear God, There is no one else like You. No one loves as big as You, no one has power as big as You, and no one can help us as big as You. You are AWESOME! Thank You for helping us be strong and courageous so we can do the big things You made us to do. Thank You for making [child’s name] to do big things. And thank You for making [family member’s name] to do big things . . . (continue with each family member). We just want to celebrate and praise You, God, and tell You we love You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
As we wrap up, I would like to leave you with one of the kids’ favorite ‘good-bye’ songs:
Let Me See Your Alligator
Thank you for the opportunity to partner with you in the discipleship of your kid(s). My prayers are with you.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Jeremiah 29:11, NIV