Are the psalms for children? Absolutely! But because the psalms don’t provide the typical story-style teaching of Scripture, children’s ministry lessons often overlook them. The Old Testament book of Psalms is still important for kids to know about, though. This is especially true as children discover the character of God and learn to deal with their own emotions.
Below are 10 psalms for children that I think every young person should know. How can you incorporate these Bible chapters into your Sunday school lessons and children’s church services?
10 Psalms for Children to Know
1. Psalm 1
This beautiful psalm, filled with nature images, reminds kids what it looks like to walk with God.
2. Psalm 19
This Scripture passage reminds kids how God’s Word leads to refreshment, enlightenment, and life. It also emphasizes that God is worthy of our praise. Psalm 19:14 is a great verse for children to memorize!
3. Psalm 23
Isn’t this pretty much everyone’s favorite psalm? The shepherd analogy helps kids understand that God is their loving protector. Plus, this psalm is a dependable source of comfort when children are scared.
4. Psalm 46
Sometimes life is scary, and this psalm helps kids remember that God is God—and he is always with them.
5. Psalm 63
This psalm reminds children to be thirsty for God’s Word. (And here’s a fun object lesson about that topic!)