Say, “Amen!”

Those who sacrifice thank offerings honor Me,
    and to the blameless I will show My salvation.
Psalm 50:23 (NIV)

When our granddaughter Kennedy Grace was almost two, we had the delight of back to back visits with this sweet little girl.  At meal times, Kennedy waited for everyone to sit down.  Then she smiled and called out, “Say, Amen!”  That was our cue to say grace together, “God is great, God is good, and we thank Him for our food, Amen!”  Kennedy loved the “Amen” part!

I had just been pondering a devotion based on Psalm 50:23 and thought Kennedy’s “Amen” were a perfect example.  One of the simplest yet profound prayers we can teach our children and grandchildren is to say “thank you” to God.  This humble act of thanksgiving opens the door of conversation between child and the Heavenly Father, leading the way to knowing Jesus as Savior.

When I read Psalm 50:23, I see two things our thanks brings:

  • Honor to God
  • Jesus shows us His salvation

Isn’t that wonderful?  When we teach our children to say thank you to God, we are honoring the Lord while leading our kids to an eternity with Jesus.

One of my favorite little kid prayer books has the prayer, “Thank you for the world so sweet, thank you for the food we eat, thank you for the birds that sing, thank you, God, for everything! Amen!”  There are so many other children’s graces and prayers you can say..  I’m including a few of them below.

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Let’s start this very day, teaching our kids to say thank you to Jesus, setting an example of thankfulness at every meal, too.  Write your thanks in your journal.  Use the thanksgiving verses and graces as conversation starters as you pour out your thanks to God.

Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom,
Thanksgiving and honor and power and might,
Be to our God forever and ever.
Amen.
Revelation 7:12

God is great, God is good
And we thank Him for our food.
We’re gonna thank Him in the morning, noon, and night.
We’re gonna thank our God cause He’s outa sight.
Amen. Ch-Ch-Chh, Ch-Ch-Chh, Ch-Ch-Chh.
Amen. Ch-Ch-Chh, Ch-Ch-Chh, Ch-Ch-Chh.
Amen. Chhhhh.

(sung to the tune of Rock Around the Clock)

Thank you, God, for giving us food.
Thank you, God, for giving us food.
For the friends that we meet.
For the food that we eat.
Thank you God for giving us food!
Swshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

(Sung to the tune of the Superman theme song)

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011

 

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