As teenagers, it’s important for us to continuously grow in our faith and develop a deeper understanding of God’s Word. In doing so, we can find strength, comfort, and guidance in every season of our lives. Today, we will explore two powerful passages from the Bible – Revelation 7:9-17 and Psalm 34:1-10, 22. These verses speak to us about God’s promises, His everlasting love, and how we can find refuge in Him no matter what challenges we face.
Bible Reading: Revelation 7:9-17
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.’
‘Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?’ I said to him, ‘Sir, you know.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
‘Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'” (Revelation 7:9-17, ESV)
- This passage depicts a vision of heaven, where a great multitude from every nation and language stand before God’s throne.
- These individuals have gone through trials and tribulations but have been redeemed and made pure by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ.
- In God’s presence, they find eternal shelter, nourishment, and guidance, free from suffering or sorrow.
Youth Group Discussion Questions:
- How does the image of people from every nation and language worshipping God impact your understanding of His love for all people?
- What does it mean to have our robes washed white in the blood of the Lamb? How does this offer hope and redemption?
- Discuss the significance of God’s promise to wipe away every tear from our eyes. How does this bring comfort and assurance?
Bible Reading: Psalm 34:1-10, 22
“I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!
‘I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
‘Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack!
‘The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing. The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.'” (Psalm 34:1-10, 22, ESV)
- This psalm, authored by David, expresses his praise and trust in God amidst difficult circumstances.
- Those who seek the Lord will find deliverance from fears, divine protection, provision, and ultimately, redemption.
Youth Group Discussion Questions:
- Why is it important to continually bless and praise the Lord, even in challenging times?
- Discuss the phrase “taste and see that the Lord is good.” How can we experience God’s goodness in our lives?
- How does this psalm assure us that God hears our cries and delivers us from troubles? How can we apply this knowledge to our own lives?
Youth Group Game: “Promises Relay Race”
Objective: This game focuses on learning and remembering God’s promises found in Revelation 7:9-17 and Psalm 34:1-10, 22.
- Divide the group into teams of four or five.
- Set up relay stations with different tasks related to God’s promises. Each team member must complete a task before passing the baton to the next teammate.
- Examples of tasks:
- Task 1: Recite a promise from Revelation 7:9-17.
- Task 2: Recite a promise from Psalm 34:1-10, 22.
- Task 3: Match promises with their corresponding Bible verses.
- Task 4: Share a personal testimony of how God has fulfilled His promises in your life.
- The first team to complete all the tasks and cross the finish line wins!
This game encourages teamwork, knowledge of Scripture, and personal reflection on God’s promises.
Let us bow our heads and close in prayer.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the powerful reminder of Your promises found in Revelation 7:9-17 and Psalm 34:1-10, 22. Help us, as teenagers, to anchor our faith in Your unwavering faithfulness and provision. Give us the courage to seek You in every circumstance and trust that You will always be with us. Help us to stand strong in our faith and find comfort in Your promises. In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen.
Remember, dear teenagers, as you go forth from this lesson, hold onto the promises of God and allow them to shape your faith, giving you hope and strength in every season of life. May God bless you abundantly and guide you on your journey of growing in faith.