My book Psalm 23 for Kids
Let me take this opportunity to share with you the joy of publishing Psalm 23 for Kids – an illustrated picture book built around Psalm 23.
Psalm 23 is one of my favourite Psalms in the Bible, but I must admit that I did not truly understand the metaphor of a sheep and his shepherd. I did not quite understand this verse: “The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want”. In fact, other verses in Psalm 23 were equally difficult to understand unless I put myself in the position of a sheep.
Imagine that, if grown-ups are having difficulty understanding this Psalm. How much more for kids? Do they understand it at all?
But the question is: Is it important for kids to understand Psalm 23?
With these questions in mind, I always wanted to share a story that would help children understand this beautiful Psalm and be able to experience what it means to be a sheep.
I began to craft a story with insight from readings and Bible studies. It all started with a boy who had turned into a sheep in his dreamland. His literal experience of “cast position (upside down)” in the story is something a child can definitely be able to identify with be it being read to (ages o to 5) or reading on their own (ages 6 to 9). The shepherd’s just-in-time rescue was quite an experience for David in the story.
Along the way, David met a “she sheep (Lily)” who befriended him. Their conversations and shared experience tell the readers about how a shepherd loves his sheep. A paraphrase version of Psalm 23 is also incorporated into the story.
Join Lily and David in their adventures to find out more!
I believe this is not just a book for children. If you’ve ever encountered difficulties reading Psalm 23, this book is for you too.
Lastly but not the least, I would like to get the books into the hands of the little ones, preparing them to receive the love of God before they grow up.
I believe this will be one early love experience with the LORD that will keep children on the right path for a long time.