May 3, 2020
Psalm 23 isn’t really a story; it’s a personal testimony about God’s presence in somebody’s life, which, in turn, became part of a collection of song-poems used in personal prayer and public worship over millennia. Depending on the Bible version used, this psalm reads almost like a poem. The major themes are confidence and comfort—trust in God’s good presence and gracious blessings throughout life. Like many psalms, it is written in present tense, the language of testimony and worship.
What does this story mean for kids?
Psalm 23 touches on feelings kids relate to—fear, comfort, the need for rest. Young kids can learn the first few verses of the psalm as a bedtime prayer. Older kids are facing greater expectations at school, on teams, and perhaps even at home. This psalm can remind them that they are always loved and accepted by God.
Thanks for Caring God puts people in our lives to care for us like a shepherd cares for sheep. Write the names of people who care for you on strips of paper and use them to make a chain. Take a link off each day and pray for that person.