Helping Children See the Glory of God

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Ponder the words of the psalmist for a minute,

One generation shall commend your works to another,
        and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
        and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
        and I will declare your greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
        and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
Psalm 145:4-7 ESV

Now consider these words from Tedd and Margy Tripp,

Idols of the heart lose their grip on the soul when they are replaced by greater, more pleasing delights. Your children are hard-wired for delights that last, not for the moment, but for a lifetime and for eternity.

Because your children are uniquely designed to worship God, one of your most important callings is to display the glory of God. Your job is to help your children see the dazzling excellence of God. Children will never have right thoughts about themselves until they have right thoughts about God.

(Instructing a Child’s Heart, copyright © 2008, page 97)

How can you practically do this? First, it is helpful to provide children with a definition of God’s glory. For example, God’s glory is when He shows His greatness and worth. Here are a few examples of discussion questions to use with your child.

Parent-Child Discussion Questions

God’s Glorious Deeds

Can you give me some examples of God’s glorious works and deeds? What things has God done that we should be amazed by?

Seeing God’s Glory

Read and discuss Psalm 19:1-4a. Carefully observe some objects and/or pictures from nature. How does God show us His glory through what He has made? How do these things show you how great God is?

Praising God

Read Psalm 145:1-6. When God shows us His greatness and worth (His glory), how should we act toward Him? What does this psalm say? What can you do this week to praise God when you have seen that He is glorious? How could you tell someone about a glorious thing that God has done? How could you study a wondrous work of God?

Responding to God’s Glory

Read Romans 1:20a. Everything God created shows His greatness and worth—His glory. Each one of us was created to show the greatness and worth of God. How do you think a person would do this? How could you show or demonstrate that God is more special and valuable and amazing than anything else?

The Glory of Jesus

Read and talk about some of the following: 2 Corinthians 4:6; Philippians 2:8-11; Colossians 1:15; and Hebrews 1:3.

 

 

Written by Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson

Jill Nelson is a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and author. She has taught Sunday School for over 20 years and writes God-centered curriculum for Children Desiring God.

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