From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. – Psalms 8:2 (NIV)
I enjoy the worship at my church. It is a time to give glory to God, get prepared to hear that day’s message and join together in unity in our love of God. The musicians are gifted, the leaders are thoughtful and the room is built for singing. This is a blessing each time we enter into that place of worship and I am grateful. That being said, what I love the most is hearing my children worship.
It doesn’t matter that they don’t get the words right every time. It is okay that they miss a note now and then. It is perfectly acceptable for them to sit and listen to songs they don’t know. I just love watching a heart for worship grow inside of them. I love hearing that a meaningful worship song is their “favorite” song to listen to on the radio. I want them to be worshippers of God with reckless abandon.
I think my flaw lies in waiting for Sunday morning for worship to happen. I need to lead my children into worship wherever and whenever. I need a heart that is moved to sing and shout praise to God without fearing embarrassment or shame. I need the sensitivity to know when a song raised in humility will bring more peace and healing than any conversation could. This child needs to silence the foe and the avenger.
Lord, help me become more prone to worship than to lecture or discuss. Grow in me an attitude of praise so that my children will see and hear and imitate. Make me a worship leader for my family. Amen.