As teenagers, it can be easy to get caught up in the distractions of daily life. Social media, school, extracurriculars, and relationships can all pull us away from our faith. But it’s important to remember that our relationship with God is the foundation of a fulfilling and purposeful life. The Psalms are a great place to turn for inspiration, encouragement, and guidance. In this lesson, we’ll dive into Psalm 113 and explore what it means to grow in faith.
Bible Reading 1: Psalm 113:1-3
1 Praise the Lord!
Praise, O servants of the Lord,
praise the name of the Lord!
2 Blessed be the name of the Lord
from this time on and forevermore.
3 From the rising of the sun to its setting
the name of the Lord is to be praised.
- This psalm begins with a call to praise the Lord.
- It reminds us that the Lord’s name is worthy of praise at all times and in all circumstances.
- How do you feel when you praise the Lord?
- What are some ways you can incorporate praise into your daily routine?
Youth Group Game: Praise and Pass
- Form two teams.
- One team begins by passing a small object (like a ball or stuffed animal) while praising God.
- The receiving team catches the object and continues the praise, then passes it back.
- If a team drops the object or forgets to praise, they lose a point.
- The first team to reach 10 points wins.
Bible Reading 2: Psalm 113:4-6
4 The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens.
5 Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
6 who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?
- This section emphasizes the greatness and sovereignty of God.
- It reminds us that God is above all earthly powers and is in control of all things.
- How does remembering God’s sovereignty impact your daily life?
- What are some practical ways you can trust God more fully?
Bible Reading 3: Psalm 113:7-9
7 He raises the poor from the dust,
and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
8 to make them sit with princes,
with the princes of his people.
9 He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!
- This section highlights God’s compassion and care for the vulnerable and marginalized.
- It reminds us that God sees and values every person, regardless of their circumstances.
- How can we follow God’s example and show compassion to those in need?
- Who are some people in our community who may need our help or encouragement?
Dear God, thank you for this time together. We praise you for your greatness and your love for us. Help us to trust you more fully and to show compassion to those around us. Guide us as we go out into the world this week, and may we always remember to praise your name. Amen.