Psalms for Children by Don GordonPsalms for Children by Don Gordon

Psalms for Children

byDon Gordon

Paperback | February 16, 2016

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When I was the father of three little girls, I used to read the Bible to them at bedtime. It was one of the favorite moments of my day, and these moments now stand as some of my most cherished memories. Because some of the words were difficult for a child to understand, I did some “on the fly” editing, changing words or phrases to something they could comprehend. The Psalms did not hold the intrigue and suspense of many of the narrative sections of the Bible, but they still held the seeds of poetry that sprouted into delight. The Psalms began to shape the concept of God these children were hiding in their hearts. When reading the Psalms, I wanted to respect the meaning of the text and use the language other translators had created, but find a way to connect with the girls I knew and loved best. Most of all, I wanted them to grow to love the Bible as I did. I hoped they would hear the majestic praises, heartfelt laments, and exhortations to righteousness that are found in the Psalms and “hide them in their hearts so they would not sin against God.”

These daughters are grown and out of the house now, studying at their universities or divinity schools, and still reading in their beds at night just as I am. Now that I am having my first ever sabbatical after 27 years of ministry in local churches, I wanted to take some time to convert some of those memories into written treasures for other parents, children, and grandchildren. That’s why I’ve created this book of Psalms with illustrations. I have extracted 25 of some of the most memorable, powerful, and child-friendly Psalms in the Bible and edited them in such a way that they will be comprehended by a child. Appreciating the diversity of the Psalms, I made an intentional effort to include all kinds of Psalms: praise, thanksgiving, lamentation, confession, wisdom, and trust. I have attempted to paraphrase these Psalms, using language and imagery appropriate for children, while remaining faithful to the spirit of these texts.  Some explanatory notes along with some conversation questions are included in the back for those who might find these useful. My hope is that you will create your own special moments of reading and talking about God and the Bible with your own children, grandchildren, or any young person you love.

With thirty-years in the pulpit and three grown daughters, Dr. Gordon brings experience, knowledge, grace, and humor to his pastorate and his writing. He is Senior Pastor at Ardmore Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Clemmons, North Carolina.
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Title:Psalms for ChildrenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:66 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.18 inPublished:February 16, 2016Publisher:Prospective Press LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1943419264

ISBN - 13:9781943419265

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Table of Contents

Psalms for Children ................................. 1Psalm 1 ................................................... 3Psalm 8 ................................................... 5Psalm 15 ................................................. 7Psalm 19 ................................................. 9Psalm 23 ............................................... 11Psalm 46 ............................................... 13Psalm 51 ............................................... 15Psalm 84 ............................................... 17Psalm 90 ............................................... 19Psalm 91 ............................................... 21Psalm 93 ............................................... 23Psalm 98 ............................................... 25Psalm 100 ............................................ 27Psalm 103 ............................................ 29Psalm 104 ............................................ 31Psalm 111 ............................................ 33Psalm 119 ............................................ 35Psalm 121 ............................................ 37Psalm 131 ............................................ 39Psalm 136 ............................................ 41Psalm 139 ............................................ 43Psalm 142 ............................................ 45Psalm 146 ............................................ 47Psalm 149 ............................................ 49Psalm 150 ............................................ 51