April 8 | David’s Courage

Today’s Reading:

Read Psalm 27

When have you had courage in a situation?  Courage is the willingness to do something that is hard even though it might be risky or difficult.  David had courage to follow God’s plan for his life and become the King of Israel- even though there were a lot of hard situations he faced along the way. 

The book of Psalms helps us see how David faced those difficult situations.  Psalm 27 shows us that David had confidence that the Lord would help him in whatever challenge he faced.  David knew he would face struggles.  Read Psalm 27:2. The word “when” is used to begin the first sentence of that verse.  David knew that evildoers would come after him, but that did not stop him from calling out to the Lord for help in those times.   

Read Psalm 27:9  

“You have been my helper; do not leave me or abandon me. God of my salvation.” 

David trusted that even though he may face struggles, God would always be with him and wouldn’t abandon him.  Do you have that kind of faith in God? 


Demonstrate courage by having your family participate in a trust fallHave one of your family members close their eyes and fall backwards into the arms of another family memberTalk about the courage it takes to trust someone you can’t seeThank God for being trustworthy and ask him for the courage to trust him more each day. 

April Memory Verse:

If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

Romans 10:9-10

Using the daily reading prompts from George H. Guthrie’s Read the Bible for Life, here’s how to use this devotional:
  1. Bring your Bible!  Your kids need to see that everything you are reading to them or learning about comes from an actual Bible!
  2. Each day starts with a reading prompt.  Read the selection as a family.  If your kids are readers, encourage them to read along with you.
  3. After you’ve read the passage, read the short devotional thought that goes along with each passage.
  4. Prayer and application are important any time we read God’s word!  After each devotional, there is a challenge to help apply what your family has read that day.
  5. There is a reading for six days of the week.  The last reading of the week is a Gospel Conversation Prompt to help you connect the reading from the week with God’s plan for salvation.

Other Resources:

APril Memory Verse

April memory verse song

April memory verse coloring sheet

April Fill-in the blank activity

April Prayer Calendar