May 13 | Bowing before the Lord

Today’s Reading:

Read Psalm 97-99

Have you ever wondered what God looks like?  It’s hard to imagine something we have never seen before, isn’t it?  Our reading today does a great job painting a picture for us to “see” God. 

Close your eyes and listen to someone in your family read Psalm 97 out loud.  What do you see?  Total darkness with flashes of light surrounding a throne?  Mountains melting like wax?  God is so powerful! 

What should we do in response to the fact that we recognize how powerful God is?  Psalm 98 says, “Sing a new song to the Lord…” (v. 1) and “Let the whole earth shout to the Lord.” (v. 4). Can you shout out “Thank You” to God for the way He shows us his power! 

Read Psalm 99:9. 

Exalt the Lord our God; bow in worship at his holy mountain, for the Lord our God is holy.” 

Bowing down in front of someone shows that you respect them and that you know that they are more powerful than you are.  It’s always good for us to remember what a big and powerful God we serve!   


Bow together and pray as a family thanking God for all that He has done and is doing in your livesBowing is not a practice we participate in often, but it is good to represent visually that we are bowing before God’s presence and recognizing who He is and who we are!

May Memory Verse:

“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.”

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:

May Memory Verse

May memory verse song

May memory verse coloring sheet

May Fill-in the blank activity

May Prayer Calendar