Daily Spirit & Word, 626: Wisdom: Learning from Children.
“From the lips of infants and children, You have ordained praise…” Psalm 8:2.
Good morning my friends, at Discipleship Fellowship last night we were thinking about wimpy prayer, praise and worship. The Lord certainly was with us last night and our prayer, praise and worship was awesome! Genuinely giving thanks to the Lord and singing about what He’s like moves us from the outer gates into the inner courts of excited praise. (Psalm 100).
As we gathered we sang one of the famous children’s praise songs; “If I were a butterfly” … but it leads into praising the Lord for how He’s made us.
Chorus: (from ‘If I were a butterfly’).
For You gave me a heart,
and You gave me a smile,
You gave me Jesus,
and You made me Your child,
I just thank you Father for making me, me.
Here then are some pearls of WISDOM from children:
1) No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.
2) When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
3) If your school-friend hits you, don’t hit back: They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
8) You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9)The best place to be when you’re sad is Grandpa’s lap.
Wisdom: From the lips of children.
As Jesus was teaching in the Temple in Jerusalem: Some children began to praise Him and sing about Jesus, but the RELIGIOUS Authorities didn’t like what the children were saying about Jesus.
Matthew 21:12-17 Jesus clears the temple, heals and listens to Children’s praise.
12 Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money-changers and the benches of those selling doves.
13 “It is written,” he said to them, ” ‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers’.”
14 The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them.
15 But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.
16 “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, ” ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?”
17 And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
Who is it that should have been praising the Lord?
- That’s right, the Religious Leaders and people.
- Who was it that actually praise the Lord that day?
- The blind and lame people who came to Him.
- The blind and lame were healed.
- the children shouting in the Temple area
- they Worshipped Jesus: “Hosanna to the Son of David”…
Jesus said, “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise“
He was actually quoting Psalm 8:2. Perhaps that portion of the Psalm was prophetic?
How is your Praise and Worship this morning?
Are you coming to Jesus?
Just as the children responded from their hearts, giving genuine praise, honour and thanks, the followers of Jesus Christ will also be thankful on purpose, moved in our hearts to praise Him. If you are not ready to do this right now, then KNOW (Wisdom) something in your walk with Jesus may need to be put right. Come to Him now in a time of prayer, giving genuine thanks for all the great things He’s done for you. Remember how Jesus shed His innocent blood to get you clean before God? Remember those answered prayers. Thank God for His provision of the Creation. There’s Always something to be thankful for.
Prayer: Father in Heaven, I thank You that from the lips of children we can learn so much wisdom, both in the past and today. Help us to have a heart that’s ready to praise You: for what You’ve done and for Who You are. Help us Lord Jesus to be just like those who came to you that day, with hearts ready to give You praise, honour and all the glory. Amen!
Be blessed today my friends, stay ever closer to Jesus.
Psalm 8:1-9 Creator God: Worthy of Worship.
1 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?
5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour.
6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:
7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!