Teaching Concept: God is with you wherever you go. You cannot hide from God.
Early Arrivals Activity
1. "You Are There" Coloring Sheet - Before class print out the Pattern and make copies.
As your children work on the coloring sheet talk to them about how God knows everything about them such as, "He knows everything they are thinking and everything they are going to say before they even say it."
2. "You Are There" Itty Bitty Book - Before class print out the pages, cut them apart and staple them together according to the directions for Itty Bitty Books. In class have your children color the pictures and practice reading the book. Talk about the pictures and how God knows everything about them.
For directions on how to print and assemble this book go to the Book Page.
Last week we talked about how God knows everything about you. He knows when you sit and stand. He knows what you are thinking, and what you are going to say before you even say it. Like the Psalmist said, "God is so amazing that we will never really be able to understand how amazing he is".
Have you ever gotten in trouble, or done something you weren't supposed to do? What did you think about when you knew your parents might find out? You probably wished you could hide from them, or hide the fact that you did something wrong so you wouldn't get punished.
You can sometimes hide bad things from your parents, teachers, or friends, but you can never hide from God.
Verse 7 says, (Open your Bible and read it.), "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?" meaning, "Where can I hide from you, and where can I run away from you? The psalmist is beginning to realize that it might not always be so great that God knows everything about him because God also sees the bad things we do. We can't hide from God and we can't run away.
He continues, "If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there." The psalmist realizes that there is nowhere he can go to hide from God.
Can you think of someone in the Bible who tried to flee from God?
Jonah tried to flee from God when God told him to go to Nineveh and he didn't want to go. He ran away and got in a big ship that would take him in the opposite direction. But God knew exactly where Jonah was. He caused a big storm to come up. The ship was about to sink, and the crew was very scared. They started throwing everything over to lighten the ship. They all started praying to their gods for help, but the storm got even worse. Then they saw Jonah sleeping in a corner. They woke him up and asked him to pray with them. Jonah told them that the only thing that would save the ship was to throw him overboard because God was mad at him.
When they threw him overboard the sea grew calm again. But God didn't forget about Jonah and let him drown; he sent a big fish to swallow him. And then he had the fish spit Jonah out on the shore. Jonah knew he had to obey God so he went to Nineveh as God had told him to do in the first place.
Even in the mouth of a big fish at the bottom of the sea, God was with Jonah. Even when he disobeyed and did the wrong thing, God didn't leave him.
The Psalmist experienced this same thing. He writes, (Read from your Bible), "If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee."
Father, thank you for being with us no matter where we are. We know that we cannot hide from you. You see everything we do, even the bad things. But even then, you guide us and lead us, and help us to do the right things. Forgive us for the wrong things we have done. Help us to be aware of your presence and to follow you. Amen.
1. Play "If I Go ___________ God is There."
Have your children sit in a circle on the floor. Roll a small truck or car towards one of the children and say, "If I go to school, God is there." Tell the child who gets the truck to roll it to another child and say the same thing, except pick a different place. He may say something like, "If I go to the park, God is there." He then rolls the car to another child. Keep playing until all the children have had a turn.
Have all the children sit in a circle. Start by saying, "If I go ___________, God is there." (Fill in the blank.) Then have the child on your right repeat what you said and then say the same thing only change the place. The next child would repeat the first two sentences and then add a new one. Keep playing until it comes back to you.
2. Action Rhyme
God, where can I hide from you? - Look around to find somewhere to hide. Where can I run from your view? - Run around in a circle.
If I go up to the heavens in the clear blue air, - Point up to the sky. You are there.
If I make my bed deep down in the ground, - Get down on the ground. You know where I can be found.
If I settle on the far side of the sea, - Pretend to swim walking around in a circle. You will be with me.
You will hold my handand guide me. - Everyone holds hands and walks around in a circle.
With me, you'll always be.
God, you are with me everywhere,
God, you are with me everywhere.
You are with me.
Have two adults or helpers stand facing each other holding hands with their arms held high forming a bridge. As you sing the song, have your children walk underneath the bridge and back around again. When you get to the last phrase, (You are with me.) the helpers should bring their hands down and capture the child that is walking under the bridge with their arms. The child who is captured should say one place where God is with him or her. Keep playing until all the children have had a turn.
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