Today’s Bible Story


David: The King who rejoiced

In the next few weeks we are carrying on thinking about prayer and how to do it!  Today we hear about King David and how he praised God.

All the activities are at the bottom of this page.

Start by watching the story video.

You can also read about King David in your bible.  If you have the a  Bible you can find it from 1 Samuel Chapter 16 – it goes on for a while!

Here is one of david’s Pslams

Psalm 57

Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.

and to hear it read out loud!

What time did you wake up this morning?  Did you have a good stretch, to wake up your body?  It takes my brain a bit longer to wake up usually –

generally don’t think straight ’til I’ve had a nice hot drink or a shower!

In one of his psalms, King David sings about praising God in the morning, and says this: “Awake my soul”

Not his body or his brain; they’re awake already.  But his soul – the part of him that loves, the part that worships, the part that really connects with God.

But how@

In his book, ‘How To Pray’, Pete Grieg suggests that once we have found a place and a moment to be still (we practised this last session) a good thing to do is …

In other words, to take joy in God; to thank and praise Him for

being God

and being AWESOME 

The cartoon from Saddleback Kids today tells us that David spent a LOT of time praying, and especially a lot of time thanking and praising God.

He was never to busy or too fed up to

And David’s life was bonkers!!!!

He started off as a shepherd boy who was randomly told by Samuel (remember him from last session?) that he would be king one day!

Then David took his brothers some packed lunch and ended up killing the giant enemy warrior everyone else was terrified of (as you do).

Afterwards, he spent years and years running away from the current king, who was totally jealous of him and wanted him dead!

When David finally did get the crown on his head, he and some amazing moments!

But he also had some awful moments.  Whether things were on the up!

Or rock bottom!

…he still spent time rejoicing; thanking and praising God.

Because of this, despite the ups and downs of the King’s life, God said that David was a man ‘after His own heart’.

David loved music.  He loved to write songs, play instruments, and sometimes dance like a crazy person, in praise to God.  It woke up his soul!

I wonder what you do to thank and praise God.  What wakes up your soul and helps you connect with Him?  As you go through the Deeper Zones, I hope you’ll be able to explore your own ways to…!

So let’s take a deeper look at this story!

Which zone will you choose today?

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