Tehillim 20 talks all about how God comes to the aid of whoever calls out to him. There are many great images in this Tehillim which shows how God will come to rescue. Choose some of the imagery from this Tehillim to create a painting or illustration and share it with someone who might need a reminder!
Read Tehillim 20 and look for the imagery, the words and phrases which make great pictures in your mind, which David is using to describe how God will help those who call to Him. For example, in verse 3 it says He will send help from the Holy Place, which is the Holy of Holies in the Temple. So you could paint or draw an illustration of God sending His help from the Temple.
Once you have an idea of the imagery you want to use, collect your art supplies. You can do the illustration with color pencils and paper, paint and canvas, make a t-shirt, do a digital illustration, etc. Really any way which you feel creative!
When you are finished, take a picture of it and post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag us @SparksOfMessiah
Tehillim 120-134 are called the Songs of Ascent because they each start with shir hama’alot (Hebrew for ‘Songs of Ascent’). There are many reasons given for why this collection of Tehillim all start with the same phrase. Some say it is because they were the songs the Levites sang on the steps ascending to the Temple courtyard. Some say it is because the songs were sung starting with a low melody and end in a high melody. Some even say these were the songs the Jewish people sang on their way up to Jerusalem for the pilgrimage festivals (Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot).
These songs remind me of the story of Yeshua, when he was young and Miriam and Yosef forgot him in the Temple. Many people think this a strange story, how could any mother or father forget their kid?! Well, you see, everyone traveled together to Jerusalem for the festivals and then returned together. So in all likelihood, Yeshua and his family were traveling with extended family and friends from their home village of Nazereth. And as kids do, with extended family and friends in a festive atmosphere, they all congregate together and play. So Miriam and Yosef probably thought he was just with his cousins playing, they were all heading in the same destination, he would be safe!
So why do I tell you all of this, you might ask? Well it is because in this activity you are going to read the Songs of Ascent and then create a travel log of your journey from the Galilee to Jerusalem! In each of the closing of that day’s travel log, you are going to include something from one of the Songs of Ascent. Everyone knew these songs, so it is very likely that you would all be traveling together and break out into song together. And you thought that only happened in movies!?
Read Tehillim 120-134 (don’t worry, they are very short) and think about singing them as songs. Notice what each of them are talking about.
Take some pieces of lined paper and title them, “Songs of Ascent Travel Log: My Journey to Jerusalem.”
A travel log is where you write a little bit about what you did, saw and traveled each day on your journey. So an example of this would be:
Yom Rishon (Sunday): We began very early, why does everyone want to get started so early in the morning?! We left our home and met up with our cousins and friends. We will be traveling together. We started to sing Tehillim 120, this is one of my favorite songs we sing because it talks about how when we cry out to God when we are in trouble, He will answer us.
You might have to do a little research on the route they might have taken from Nazereth to Jerusalem and look on Google Maps to see what the scenery would look like and how far you could get each day from walking.
Have fun with this assignment and imagine being there with Yeshua, his family and friends as you went up to Jerusalem for a joyous festival!
Tehillim 1 tells about the things one must do to be righteous! Righteous means you are doing what God would want you to do! In this activity you are going to read Tehillim 1 to find out what someone who wants to follow God does (and doesn’t do)! Then you will create a cartoon about it! Let’s get started!
Read Tehillim 1 and make a list of the things a righteous person does (and doesn’t do). For example, in verse one it says a righteous person doesn’t listen to the advice of a wicked person.
Get a regular, blank piece of paper and create a cartoon which tells the story of what a person must do to be righteous. The carton should include the following:
Tehillim 148 calls the reader to the position of conductor of praise for God! You can imagine standing on the edge of a cliff with the conductor’s wand and pointing to each thing as you call out: “Praise Him, sun and moon! Praise Him, all bright stars!…”
For this activity you are going to create a poster which includes all of the things Tehillim 148 calls on to praise God. There is quite a list but that will be part of the fun of this activity! Can you creatively find a place for each thing in a poster?
Read Tehillim 148 and write down a list of everything which is being commanded to praise God. (i.e. Heavens, heights, angels, legions, sun, moon, bright stars, etc.)
Get a regular sized piece of paper (or bigger) and start drawing pictures of each of the things from your list.
Add some color and maybe a title.
Take a picture of your poster and post it on Facebook or Instagram and tag us @SparksOfMessiah
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