The Lord Is My Shepherd


Story Excursion (20 minutes)

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This experience will take kids on a quick tour of David’s life,
helping them discover how his words in Psalm 23 apply to their lives.

Items to Pack: Download instructions for
each of the four Travel Stops. You’ll also need Bibles, paper wads
from the Departure Prayer, sticky notes, a basket, markers, yellow
construction paper, scissors, tape, 2 pieces of white poster board,
and blue poster paint.

Ahead of time, cut apart the instructions for each of the four
Travel Stops, and then create these stations in your room. At each
Travel Stop, place the appropriate instructions (face down) and a
Bible. Kids will need to add their paper wads from the Departure
Prayer. You’ll also need to draw a fierce face on one poster board
to represent Goliath and paint a blue lake or stream on the other.
Set up each Travel Stop as follows:

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Travel Stop 1: Close to a wall, place markers and
a basket to hold about half the paper wads from the Departure
Prayer. On the opposite wall, place something to represent “still
water”-such as a large piece of white poster board with a blue lake
painted on it.

Travel Stop 2: Place markers and a pad of sticky

Travel Stop 3: In a corner of the room, place
markers and the rest of the paper wads. High up on the wall, tape
the poster board with the fierce Goliath face drawn on it.

Travel Stop 4: Place yellow construction paper
(one sheet per person), markers, scissors, and tape on a flat work

Open your Bible to Psalm 23, and show kids the passage.

Say: David wrote the 23rd Psalm-and a bunch of the other
psalms in the Bible, too. I’m not sure when he wrote this psalm,
whether he was young or old. But it’s a great example of how •God
loves and watches over us, no matter what age we

Form four groups, and assign each group to one of the Travel
Stops. Tell kids not to turn over the instructions until you say

Say: At each of these stops, you’ll explore a part of
Psalm 23 and a part of David’s life. You’ll have a few minutes at
each Travel Stop, and I’ll let you know when it’s time to move to
the next stop. Are you ready? Turn over your instructions and

Give kids a few minutes at each Travel Stop. When kids have
rotated through all four stops, have them sit in a circle with

Ask: • Talk about your favorite Travel Stop.

• Tell why you chose to write what you did on your crowns.

• What’s the favorite thing you learned about David?

• How does this help you understand Psalm 23 better?

• What feelings did David express in just this one

Say: David expressed many feelings in just this one
(Mention the following feelings if kids don’t bring
them up: He acknowledged God for all God provides. He talked about
how God guided him in making right decisions. He said that even
when he was scared, God was with him. And he said that God not only
gave him blessings here on earth, God offered him eternal life,

Say: That’s a lot to say in such a short space! There are
all sorts of ways to talk to God. We can speak to him, write to him
as David did, sing to him, and even dance for him. David did that
once, but that’s a whole different part of the

Home Again Prayer (10 minutes)

Use this experience to reinforce how much God loves kids.

Say: For now, let’s combine a few methods as we pray to
God. I’ll say verses of Psalm 23, adding a motion. Then you’ll
repeat the words and motions.

Here we go.

Have kids stand in a circle with you. Say Psalm 23 aloud and lead
kids in the following motions.

The Lord is my shepherd (point to

I have all that I need. (Stretch arms out

He lets me rest in green meadows (put palms
together at one side of face);

He leads me beside peaceful streams. (Make
wavelike motions with hands.)

He renews my strength. (Make

He guides me along right paths (walk in

Bringing honor to his name. (Point

Even when I walk through the darkest valley
(cup hands over eyes),

I will not be afraid (hug self),

For you are close beside me. (Point left and

Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
(Cross fists in front of you.)

You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my
(Pretend to eat.)

You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
(Touch hands to head.)

My cup overflows with blessings. (Cup hands
in front of you.)

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all
the days of my lif
e (turn in a circle),

And I will live in the house of the Lord forever.
(Stretch arms up high.) Amen.

Adapted from Kids’ Travel Guide to the 23rd Psalm ( cm

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