27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I will meditate on Your wonders. 28 My soul weeps because of grief; Strengthen me according to Your word. 29 Remove the false way from me, And graciously grant me Your law.
They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths; Their soul melted away in their misery.
I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me.
“Your locks will be iron and bronze, And according to your days, so will your leisurely walk be.
“When we heard it, our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.
They said to Joshua, “Surely the LORD has given all the land into our hands; moreover, all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before us.”
May He send you help from the sanctuary And support you from Zion!
Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.
The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.
He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
“And I will strengthen them in the LORD, And in His name they will walk,” declares the LORD.
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
1 Peter 5:10
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
Bible verse games are great for preschoolers too! Here is one on Psalm 119:28, 32 called “Set the Heart Free.”
Psalm 119:28, 32 says this: “Strengthen me according to Your Word. I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free.” Isn’t “heart free” a great phrase? I believe God’s greatest desire for all His children is that their hearts would be set free to worship Him and to glorify Him. Here is a fun Bible verse game to help even your little ones begin to understand this truth.
Here’s what you do:
Bible verse games are fun and for this one you will need a large cardboard or foam core square about 16” to 18” big. (I like the foam squares better because you can find them in colors and it’s also thicker and stronger than cardboard. ) You will also need some thick black yarn and a red construction paper heart almost as big as your square and a small dab of removable tacky adhesive. Laminate the heart and stick the heart into the center of the square. Now cut 6 slits on each side of the square about one-half inch long equidistantly apart. Secure one end of the yarn onto the back of the square and pull it through one of the slits. Continue wrapping the yarn around the square, criss-crossing back and forth. The heart should now be somewhat hidden. You are now ready to share this Bible school activity.
Introduce Psalm 119:28, 32 in the following way: Boys and girls, do you see the heart inside my square? (Wait for response.) Is this heart free or is it all tangled up inside? (Wait for response.) You’re right. This heart is not free. I think it makes God sad when our hearts are not free to love Him. Psalm 119:28, 32 says this: “Strengthen me according to Your Word. I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free.” Would you guys like to help me free this heart? (Wait for response.) Good. We are going to say our Bible verse together. I’ll say some words first, then you repeat after me. After each word I hear you say, I will pull away a piece of the yarn. When we get to the end of the verse, our heart will be free! Yipee!
At this point, hold up the square and as directed above, you will say the first word of Psalm 119:28, 32 and have the children repeat that word. Undo the first section of yarn by releasing it from its notch. Continue to do this until all the yarn has been undone. Take the heart off the square and fly it around as if it were free. Your little ones will really enjoy this part. Wrap the square again and do the activity again. On the following times, you might allow a child to un-notch a portion of yarn. Happy heart freeing!
Just in case you’re interested, you might want to check out this book with even more Bible lessons for your preschoolers: Super Simple Bible Lessons (Ages 3-5): 60 Ready-To-Use Bible Activities for Ages 3-5
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“Strengthen me according to Your Word. I run in the path of your commands for you have set my heart free.”
Psalm 119:28, 32
(Click here for a sample of this Bible verse song.)