Back in the days when I taught science classes to homeschooled children, I used to emphasize the importance of careful observation. As an example, I would have each child choose a flower or a single leaf, and have them quietly study it for at least 30 minutes and record everything they could about it—size, shape, colors, texture, fragrance, etc. It’s amazing what comes to light about something when you really stop to ponder it. “Ponder—to think about, give thought to, consider, mull over, contemplate, meditate on…” The word “ponder” is not often used anymore in this fast-paced, sound-bite, digital media culture. So a verse like this is often readily passed over:
I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. (Psalm 77:12, ESV)
Why is it important to teach our children the “art” of pondering and meditating on God’s mighty works and deeds? What is it meant to produce?
I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.
Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.
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.
(Psalm 145:1-5 ESV)
This summer provides a wonderful opportunity to encourage children to grow in their ability to ponder the works of God and meditate on His mighty deeds so that their hearts might increasingly praise His name. To help facilitate this, here is a free lesson titled “I Will Meditate on God’s Wonderful Works” from the curriculum He Has Been Clearly Seen.
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