The Excellent Character of God Deserves Our Praise!

A.W. Tozer once wrote, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” What do you think of when you think of the character of God? Loving? Just? Forgiving? Trustworthy? Whatever comes to mind, God’s Word has a lot to say about His goodness. Even the rocks know that the excellent character of God deserves our praise. Sound crazy? Keep reading!

GOODNESS: A Heart that Reflects the Excellent Character of God

MEMORY VERSE: A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart." LUKE 6:45 (NLT)

This Week’s Finish Line: The Excellent Character of God Deserves Our Praise!

The week before the crucifixion, Jesus was headed to Jerusalem. The gospel of Luke recounts Jesus traveling toward the city on a donkey. He had previously sent His disciples to find the donkey and they did, exactly like He said they would. While along the road, the people laid their cloaks down for Him to ride over and praised Him for His miracles. The Pharisees were upset by the Messianic implications of the crowds’ praises, so they told Jesus to rebuke them. Jesus responded by saying, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!” (Luke 19:40 NLT) All of God’s creation praises Him, and we can too! If you’re looking for ways to praise God’s excellent character, Psalm 103 is a great place to start!

Family Questions:

  1. Read Luke 19:28-40. What did Jesus send His disciples to do in verses 30-31 ? (To go and find a colt and bring it to Him.) Did they find what they were looking for just like Jesus said they would? Look at verse 32. (Yes!)
  2. READ ZECHARIAH 9:9. What’s the same between this verse and the story in Luke? (A king is coming, riding on a donkey) How is the rider of the donkey described in verse 9? (King, righteous, victorious, humble) Can we describe Jesus like that? (Yes! He is that King!)
  3. What are some of your favorite things about God’s character? What do you think of when you think about God?
  4. There are lots of different ways to praise God! One great way is to pray God’s Word back to Him. This helps when you don’t know what words to use. Take a verse like Psalm 103:8, and pray that to God together as a family. Now, you choose a verse to pray and praise God with!

Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:

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Teacher: After Dinner

Read Psalm 103. What verses stand out to you? Make a list of all the words that come to mind when you think about God. How does this list impact the way you live your life, spend your time and interact with others? Write your own psalm of praise to God from the list you made, and read it at another family dinner later in the week.

Friend: Drive Time

Tell me about something you think is awesome (buzzer-beater basketball shot; sport car; the sky). Why is it so easy to talk about something you think is so awesome? Is it just as easy to come up with reasons to praise God? Why/why not?

Counselor: Bedtime

Think about some of your favorite attributes of God and thank Him for who He is. Ask God to prepare your heart to celebrate Easter this year. Thank Him for all the ways you have seen Him work in your life recently.

Coach: Anytime

Learn the memory verse as a family (Luke 6:45). Write it with wipe off markers on your bathroom mirror. Practice “popcorn style,” where each family member says one word until the entire verse is completed. Write it on an index card and keep it in the car.

Prayer

Think about some of your favorite attributes of God and thank Him for who He is. Ask God to prepare your heart to celebrate Easter this year. Thank Him for all the ways you have seen Him work in your life recently.

Looking Ahead

Next week we will continue the month of April with the godly character trait, GOODNESS. We will learn that God is always working for our good.

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