Links to resources for children:-
"Always Near Me"
A free group activity sheet focused around the psalm. With suggested worship songs, prayers and a simple version of psalm 139 to read.
Psalm Series: God Knows You
A worksheet suitable for sunday school sessions. With suggested songs, memory verses, craft activities and games focused around Psalm 139.
I'm So Wonderfully Made
A set of link resources for children to learn about psalm 139. Links to coloring pages, craft activities, and bible studies.
Psalm 139 with illustrations
A paraphrased version of the psalm suitable for children to follow, with some attractive accompanying art work.
A Sermon for Children
A sermon for kids on psalm 139, using bears, dolls and postcards as visual illustrations.
Psalm 139 (The Message) - suitable for older children:-
1-6 God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand.
I'm an open book to you;
even from a distance, you know what I'm thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back;
I'm never out of your sight.
You know everything I'm going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you're there,
then up ahead and you're there, too-
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful-
I can't take it all in!
7-12 Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you're there!
If I go underground, you're there!
If I flew on morning's wings
to the far western horizon,
You'd find me in a minute-
you're already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, "Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
At night I'm immersed in the light!"
It's a fact: darkness isn't dark to you;
night and day, darkness and light, they're all the same to you.
13-16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother's womb.
I thank you, High God-you're breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration-what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I'd even lived one day.
17-22 Your thoughts-how rare, how beautiful!
God, I'll never comprehend them!
I couldn't even begin to count them-
any more than I could count the sand of the sea.
Oh, let me rise in the morning and live always with you!
And please, God, do away with wickedness for good!
And you murderers-out of here!-
all the men and women who belittle you, God,
infatuated with cheap god-imitations.
See how I hate those who hate you, God,
see how I loathe all this godless arrogance;
I hate it with pure, unadulterated hatred.
Your enemies are my enemies!
23-24 Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I'm about;
See for yourself whether I've done anything wrong-
then guide me on the road to eternal life. (Psalm 139, The Message)