You can make a difference in the lives of
others -- in your family, school, church, community,
and world! The world needs you -- your ideas,
your compassion, and your spiritual outlook. And,
it's never too late to start contributing. The best
gifts are those from the heart.
The Psalms are songs of praise and prayer that have
made a difference in the lives of countless individuals
through the millennia. This month, we have a special
treat! Some 6th and 7th grade Sunday School students
have allowed Psalms to inspire them and have written
their own. They have applied what they have learned
about Psalms -- about God, prayer, praise, and instruction
-- to their own unique situations. They have either
put existing psalms into their own words or have written
original ones. Now, they are sharing their inspirations
and creations, which in turn can make a difference
in your lives.
I am Nick Kenrick. I am in the seventh grade. I was
inspired to write my own version of Psalm 23. I chose
to write it about baseball because I like playing
baseball. It is my favorite sport. I couldn't think
of anything about my other favorite sport, golf.
Nick's version of Psalm 23
- The Lord is my coach, I will not let down.
- He supplies me with water after the game; He
leads me down the home stretch.
- He helps me. He leads me through the basics and
the rules of the game.
- Even though I walk up to the plate of the wild
pitcher, I will fear nothing. I am being watched
over and taken care of. My bat and my helmet, they
- He gives me a strategy to follow. He fills me
with plans and ideas. My fear is gone.
- My coach loves me and cares for me like a father,
and I shall dwell in the dugout of the Lord, forever.
My name is Mike and I wrote my psalm almost entirely
to be original. I know there were three ways I could
write my psalm: prayer, instruction, and praise. Since
the only one that I was feeling at the moment was
praise, that's what I decided to do. Also since I
didn't see any psalms of praise talking about our
trust in God, I chose to write one about that.*
- The Lord is the master.
- He is the one and only; first and last, we can
tell Him anything.
- Our trust shall not be taken advantage of.
- He, the heavenly Father, shall listen to our
prayers and show us the way.
- This is the way of the Lord.
- Praise and glory be to God for His wondrous ways.
My name is Staci Johnson and I am in 7th grade. When
I was younger, my mom would sing Psalm 139, verses
7-10, to me before I went to sleep. I decided to understand
it better by writing it in my own words. I also got
inspiration from my sister because she has a tough
time in the deep end of the pool, and this psalm helps
her know she is safe.
Staci's version of Psalm 139:7-10
7. Where should
I go from the spirit? Or where should I run from the
8. When things
are going great, God will be there. When life doesn't
seem so great, He
will be there.
9.-10. When I'm
walking in the morning or hanging out in the deep
end of the pool, God's
hand will be there for me to hold onto, for He is
Hi, my name is Sophie Biffar and I'm in the 6th grade.
My inspiration for my psalm comes from Psalm 91.
Sophie's version of Psalm 91:
When I am inside God's walls, I feel safe. He protects
me. Even if all other walls fall, I hold to the truth
because God is my refuge. I live with the Lord in
his fortress. The world is busy outside of its walls.
My trust is in God, for He will guide me.
*Note: While Mike takes a unique perspective on trust
in his psalm, there are several psalms that do deal
with trust in the book of Psalms. You, along with
Mike, may enjoy searching for them!
If you would like to write and send in your own psalms
(revealing how God has made a difference in your life),
we'd love to share them with others!