• Michael Yudt

psalm 51 challenge

Encourage your child to participate in the Psalm 51 Challenge!

Here's what you need to know....

Who is eligible? Primarily K-5th grade students, however, parents of older PreK students can opt to have their kids participate if they would like!

How can I help my child complete this Bible challenge?

  1. First, go through the Family Bible Study with your child. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for a copy of the Bible study.

  2. Then have your child memorize & recite the following verses for you:

  • 4th and 5th graders: Psalm 51: 1, 10-12

  • 2nd and 3rd graders: Psalm 51: 10-12

  • K/1st Grade (PreK can participate at parent discretion): Psalm 51: 10 and 12

3. Finally, let us know your child completed the Family Bible study & memorized their key

verses for you by filling out this online completion form.

Suggested Deadline for completing this challenge:

April 30, 2021 is the suggested deadline, but please let us know if you need more time. Not a problem! Just email childrensministry@damascus.com


  • Any child who completes this challenge will receive a $5 gift card to Barnes & Noble!

  • In addition, any student who does ALL 6 of the Psalms bible challenges by June 30th will receive a special end of the year award or prize! Did you miss any of the previous challenges from the book of Psalms? No problem! You can do them anytime before June 30th by going to www.damascus.com/post/psalms-bible-challenges.

Optional video:

Parents/guardians, consider posting a video of your child memorizing their key verses in the "DR Kids at Home” facebook group. We'd love to see them, but please know that this is not required in order to complete this bible challenge!

Questions? Email childrensministry@damascus.com

Family Bible Study on Psalm 51:

When you are ready to do the Bible study with your child(ren), please begin with prayer.

Before you read Psalm 51:1-12 with your child, learn more about why King David wrote this Psalm. Share the following with your child:

King David was chosen by God to be King of Israel. He was known as a man after God's own heart. He did a lot of things that pleased God. However, there were times he did not always do what was right in God's eyes. In fact, one time, he made a really big mistake when he took another man's wife as his own. He made the problem even worse when he tried to hide what he did. He was so focused on hiding what he did that he even had that other man killed in a battle! David had turned away from God, but God sent a prophet named Nathan to tell him what he did was wrong.

God used Nathan to help David turn back to God! David asked God for forgiveness and because David was truly sorry for what he did, God chose to forgive him! Psalm 51 was written by David shortly after Nathan told him what he did was wrong. As you read Psalm 51:1-12, remember that God loves you so much and that there is nothing that you can do that God can't forgive. David did some pretty bad things, but because he was truly sorry for what he did, God forgave him. God will forgive you for your sins too if you are truly sorry.

Before you read Psalm 51:1-12 with your family, ask everyone to answer the following question:

What is a sin you have committed that you have not yet asked God to forgive?

Remember parents, it's always good to lead by example. As you deem appropriate, try to answer this question yourself so your child knows that we all sin and we are all in need of God's forgiveness.

As you read Psalm 51:1-12 with your child(ren), encourage each member of your family to focus on asking God to forgive whatever sin they shared as you read this passage together.

. Then read Psalm 51:1-12 out loud with your child(ren). Encourage them to read parts of it if they are able. Read through Psalm 51:1-12 at least 2x. Remember, repetition is key to hearing from God and learning!

When you are done reading, see if your child has any questions.

Close your time in prayer. Encourage each member of your family to pray and to use this closing prayer as a time to ask God to forgive whatever sin they shared earlier. Remember, there is nothing that we can do that God can't forgive when we are truly sorry!

Bonus video to watch together: after you are done praying, consider showing your child the following kid-friendly video titled "David's Big Mistake" (2:41):


THE NEXT BIBLE CHALLENGE: be sure to check out the DR Kids blog by May 1st for the next challenge in the Psalms Bible Challenge series!

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