1 I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness.
A bag full of jelly beans
Begin this lesson by holding up the bag of jelly beans and asking if any kids can guess how many jelly are in the bag?
There’s an actual number of jelly beans in this bag. I don’t know the number myself, but if we wanted to find that number, we could rip open the bag and count them. I doubt we could get very far. These are jelly beans, not marbles, and it wouldn’t be long before we went from counting jelly beans to enjoying them.
That’s exactly what happens when we start to count the things God has done for us. When we start to count God’s blessings, we eventually lose count. We stop thinking about numbers and we start thinking about just how loved we are. God sent his son Jesus to die for us, and God has given us countless blessings on top of that. He’s given us families, friends, the beauty of nature, awesome music, and so much more.
God loves us, and he made this amazing world filled with blessings to show us we are loved. Let’s love God back by counting our blessings and thanking him every day for all of these reminders that he loves us. God’s love, as well as a good way to work your way out of a sour mood. Next time you’re feeling down, count your blessings. See how high you can count before you break into praise for all God has done.