Senior Youth: Worship – David

Contributed by: Emily Paterson, Diocese of Auckland

Throughout David’s life, he demonstrated some key attributes of following God – being chosen, trust, worship, obedience and repentance.  This lesson looks at how David worshipped God. It is the fourth in a series for older teenagers, looking at the life of David – ‘a man after God’s own heart’.

Key Passages: Psalms, Luke 10:27

You will need: equipment for worship stations

Worship (optional)

You may like to begin this session with a time of sung worship.

Large Group Teaching: What is worship?

David was a worshipper.

He played the lyre and harp (remember he was bought into Saul to play, to help calm him down) and he wrote a lot of the book of Psalms – which is like the ‘song book’ of the Bible. There are different types of Psalms:

  • Some are songs of Praise (e.g. Psalm 8 “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”)
  • Some are songs of Lament/Complaint (Expressing Sadness –  e.g. Psalm 3 “Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!”)
  • Songs of Thanksgiving (e.g. Psalm 100:4-5 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;  his faithfulness continues through all generations.”)
  • Wisdom Psalms – offering words of Wisdom (e.g. Psalm 1 “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.)

David expressed himself to God and drew close to him, through these Psalms. This is how he worshipped God.

Ask: Who is the first person you tell when something great happens to you? Who is the first person you go to when you’re feeling down?

As we read through the Psalms, we see that David was really honest with God. He talked to him when he was thankful & joyful, and also when he was scared, angry and afraid. No matter how he was feeling, he expressed his feelings to God. Not only that, but he also acknowledged and remembered who God was in the midst of how he was feeling.

This is what Worship is.  It’s about opening our whole selves up to God – wherever we are at.  Giving him all that we are, and also honouring him for who he is.
Worship is about drawing into an intimate relationship with him!

In Luke 10, Jesus says that the first and greatest commandment is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind.” Luke 10:27. In worship we express our love for God.

Worship doesn’t have to be done in song – it is often done that way as it’s a great way for us to do it together. But there are other ways to worship God too – for example through prayer, art, and nature. It’s about focusing on him, and offering him ourselves.

Why do we worship? We worship because God is worthy – he deserves our praise. We also worship because it aligns our hearts with God’s heart. In worship our hearts are softened to God’s heart… we become more open to what God is saying.

David’s worship is another way that David was ‘a man after God’s own heart’.

Reflections on a Psalm

Invite one of your young people or leaders to share about a psalm that has been significant to them. Arrange this with them beforehand so that they have had time to prepare.

Worship Stations

Beforehand, set up the “Love the Lord Your God” worship stations in your meeting space. Invite your youth to quietly and worshipfully move around each of the stations. Play some quiet worship music in the background.


This study series includes a series of free printable A3 posters which you can print and display in your youth space, one for each theme. Download all five David posters.