Using the Psalms to Build Worldview

Posted on March 27, 2008 · Posted in Parenting, Worldview

Many are asking, "Who can show
us any good?"
  Let the light of your face shine upon us, O
LORD.

You have filled my heart with
greater joy
  than when their grain and new wine abound.
Psalm 4:6&7

Several
recent posts addressed the concept of worldview and children. The American Heritage Dictionary defines
worldview this way:
The overall perspective from which one sees and
interprets the world.
Do you see why teaching about worldview is an
important part of parenting? Your children are born interpreting their world
from a fatally flawed perspective (Eph.2:1-3). Your job is to teach them a
worldview that sees reality from God’s perspective. One way to build this biblical
worldview is to use the Psalms creatively to address the issues your children
struggle with. But I can hear the response—“Okay,
that’s a nice idea; how do I do it?”

 

 

In the next few posts I have the privilege of introducing
you to Tedd and Margy Tripp’s new book, Instructing
a Child’s Heart
. Chapter 8 is entitled “Giving Children a Vision for the
Glory of God.” This is also a way of
talking about building a biblical worldview. The book is filled with practical
ways to bring Scripture to bear on everyday life. For example, suppose your
child is discouraged that nothing seems to be going his way. If you are the
parent of young children prepare to hear variations on this theme for years to
come. Both 4-year-olds and 14–year-olds struggle with this (not to mention 44-year-olds).
Your 4-year-old’s lament that “he won’t let me play with the new toy!” morphs into the 14-year–old’s claim that “nobody understands me.” Tedd and Margy
address this very question in Chapter 8. They ask you to consider what will
help discouraged children. Using Psalm 4, they show you how to help your
children to delight in the nearness of God. This valuable life lesson will
serve your children when they are 4 or 14 or 44.

Such a response is not natural. It can only be put
in place with careful thought and planning. This typifies the formative
instruction that is essential to develop balance and stability in the life of
your children. Children are constantly interpreting the world they live in. If
their interpretations are not grounded in a biblical worldview their outlook
will be bleak. The greatest joy of this world is often obscured by the pressures
of day-to-day life. This joy is directly tied to “Letting the light of your
face shine upon us” (Psalm 4:6). This is just one example of the beauty and
power of formative instruction.  Instructing a Child’s Heart provides the
insight you need to make formative instruction a cornerstone of your parenting.

As you interact with the book, share your thoughts
via the comment section. Providing your children with a practical vision of the
glory of God is a priceless gift to them. It gives them a worldview of the way
the world really is: God is at the center of all that happens in life. May he
richly bless you as pass on this vision to your children.

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