Psalm 95: 1-7 NIV
A Song of Praise and Worship
951 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 3 For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. 4 In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. 5 The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. 6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; 7 for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.
Psalm 95 is a refreshing Psalm full of Thanksgiving. It is just good to be alive, isn’t it? There are so many things that we take for granted. This morning, for instance, I accidentally burnt my left hand with bacon grease while pouring it into a container. Talk about pain! I am still having trouble moving my hand after five hours after the incident. After I took a moment and checked myself over, I felt such a blessing to know that my hand is not all blistered and would heal, eventually. I think we really must take time and be thankful for the big things for sure, but the little things (like the use of my thumb) as well.
God has designed us all perfectly just as he wants us to be. He has also designed and placed your students in your classroom for a particular reason. Let’s be thankful for all our students and their unique gifts and talents. This outlook will help us have a more positive day. Guaranteed!
I thank you, Lord, for the provisions and protections you have given me. There are so many little things that I take for granted each day. Each breath is truly a gift from You. Let me use these gifts to bless others while I am here. Help me to reach the hardest to reach students this week. Give me the words to speak the truth in love to them. Help me to be a model of what it means to be a thankful person. Give me the heart to obey Your will this week. In every breath, I am thankful for you, Lord.
Weekly Discussion Questions for Students:
- What are some things that maybe we take for granted?
- Why is it so hard to say thank you sometimes?
- How can we develop more of a thankful attitude?
- Who in our classroom community are you thankful for? Why are you thankful for them?
- How can we show our gratitude to others in our school this week? Let’s put our plan into action!
- Add in any praises that you have this week from your own personal life or that of your student’s or colleagues’ lives.
- What do you need this week to thrive? Ask for those things to help you have the energy and capacity to do God’s will.
Want to Read More About Praying the Psalms Over Your Students?
If you missed the other posts on praying the Psalms over your students, you can find the links below or look on the right side of the page and click on this category to find them there as well. Please share with other teachers who might be interested as well! Note, that these Psalms are not in numerical order, rather I have picked them out in this order based on my own experiences and that of the students and staff that I am working with.