As a preschool staff we have been reading Psalm 91 for the last month. Psalm 91 is the proverbial psalm that promises safety in the presence of our God. It begins by saying, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Sounds like a great place to be, right? Hidden under His wings! So, how in this crazy, busy lifestyle where every minute is accounted for, do we “dwell” in the secret place? And how do we teach our children about the secret place?
“To dwell” means to live or reside. We need to reside in the secret place. Obviously, we can’t physically stay in a place of prayer, but can we mentally and spiritually train ourselves to stay hidden in Christ?
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on the things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3
1. Set your affection on things above. Be heavenly minded!
Psalm 119: 9-11, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.
I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
2. Read the Bible. Study it. Meditate on it. Memorize the promises that God gave us in His Word. Hide it in your heart! There is power of life and death in the tongue, so proclaim His Word; speak it out!!
Talk to your children about the value of the bible and cultivating a relationship with the One who made them so intricately. Honor the written Word in your home by reading it in front of your children and talking about the words you are reading. Come up with a fun game that involves hiding scriptures. Kids love games! (:
Matthew 6:6, “But when you pray, go into your [most] private room, and, closing the door, pray to your Father, Who is in secret; and your Father, Who sees in secret, will reward you in the open.”
3. Make time to meet with your Maker. What a privilege we have to speak and commune with an unseen God!
Children also love secrets and they love hiding places. They love tree houses, making forts out of the living room furniture and every blanket in the house, and of course, sleeping in tents in the backyard is a classic all time favorite! It would be a fun family project to come up with a “secret place” in your home where each family member can meet with God. Maybe a big closet? Or an extra room? Or just a designated place that has Bibles, notepads, blankets, pillows, music, and fun pictures of Jesus.
As the world continues to spiral, seemingly out of control, stand on the promises of Psalm 91. Dwell in the secret place, tuck in and hide under His big wings. Jesus is our strong tower and safe place. ♥
Happy Thanksgiving RCS Family!
May God continue to richly bless you,
♥ Cathi Roth
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