Developing a Child’s Heart for Worship

 

From the time our kids were little, we encouraged them to worship and praise God. Our son, Zachary, has played in several praise bands over the years and the tradition continues as our grand-kids are active in children’s choirs.

When our kids were small we began spending time with them reading God’s Word, Bible stories and singing. Many Sunday evenings we gathered around our piano or my guitar to sing worship songs. We often listened to praise music, and taught them songs that we’d sing in the car as we drove. Our goal was simple—we wanted our children to learn the joy of praising God.

Psalm 95:6–7 reminds us, “Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the sheep under his care. Oh, that you would listen to his voice today! (New Living Translation)”

Our desire was that our kids would be active in worshiping God. We learned early in our Christian life that worship gave definition to our approach to God. It is important that our children feel a sense of awe in the presence of God. We also wanted them to know that God is approachable and nothing communicates directly to our hearts his character and ways like music.

Take some time this week and sing praise songs with your children. It doesn’t matter what you sing or how well you sing it, just sing out in praise to the Creator of the Universe. Let your children see how much you love God and how much praising Him is part of your daily  life.

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