There are three decisive times in the Old Testament when God breaks into Israel's history with a new word that motivates and guides all of Israel's subsequent history - at the times of the promise to Abraham, of the promise to David, and when he revealed his word to the prophets. Thus, this passage, detailing the promise to David, recounts a momentous occurrence in Israel's history, and it becomes the primary factor in the biblical history that follows in both Old and New Testaments
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?