Chapel Themes for 2017-18
I Am: Knowing who I am because of who He is
This past week we considered the name of God that reminds us He is Faithful to keep His promises: El-Emunah, The Faithful God. We considered how He keeps His promises to a thousand generations! More than we can think or imagine! This is the heart of El Emunah—the covenant of our Faithful God. We can know that His “steadfast love is great to the heavens” and His “faithfulness to the clouds” as the Psalmist writes in Psalm 57:10. This week, and always, we remembered to “give thanks to the Lord” for his “steadfast love in the morning, and [His] faithfulness by night!” (Psalm 92:1-2).
Next Week: El Elyon, The Most High, King of Kings
In the coming week, we have a slight switch from the original calendar I distributed. We will focus on El Elyon in the coming week and then Jehovah-Or the following week.
El-Elyon, The Most High God and King of Kings, is greater than anyone or anything else. We know that He calls us to keep Him first in our hearts and lives. He opposes the proud, such as Nebuchadnezzar who boasted of his accomplishment in building Babylon, refusing to give credit to El Elyon. But God humbled him and gave Nebuchadnezzar the grace to exalt The Most High.
For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar. — Psalm 138:6 It is amazing that El Elyon, The Most High, King of Kings, who is greater than all, considers those who fear Him. What an amazing God we have, who loves us!
Rejoice that Jesus, the Son of God defeated sin on the cross! Rejoice that the day is coming when He will put every enemy under His feet! Jesus will return, and the whole world will know that He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!
“For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
a great king over all the earth.” — Psalm 47:2
- Talk with your child about what he/she loves most of all. What is most important to you? What is the first thing that you think of when you get up in the morning? Pray and ask God to reveal to you what is “most high” in your heart. Is it our Most High King? Strategize together as a family ways you can put Him first!
- Consider the reasons God is worthy of praise. Pick your favorite song of worship and think about the words together—why do we worship through song? How can it be a great demonstration of our love and honor of the King of Kings?
- One of the ways we clearly see His majesty and greatness is through His creation. This week, commit to watching the sunrise and sunset in one day—think about the ways this majestic sight demonstrates our Most High King’s power. No matter what happened in the middle of that day, God is sovereign over everything. His mercies are new every morning!
- Scripture we will be reading together this week: 1) Genesis 1:31a 2) Isaiah 14:12-15 3) Psalm 47:2 4) 1 Samuel 5:1-4 5) Daniel 4:34-35 6) Psalm 138:6
Note: many of these considerations come from materials written by Sally Michael, author of How Majestic is Your Name, ministry materials for the study of the names of God.