Can children really worship? Or are they just imitating adults by raising their hands, closing their eyes, and singing the words? Are children capable of experiencing God’s presence? Are they sensitive to spiritual matters? Can they understand the Holy Spirit?
The Bible says, “You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose You.” Psalm 8:2
Matthew 21:16 says, “…From the lips of children and infants You, Lord, have called forth Your praise.”
The Bible shows us that children can and do worship, and they do that from a very young age. Let’s look at a few points:
Children, like adults, are spirit beings.
In Genesis we learn that human beings were created in the image and likeness of God. In John 4:24 it says that God is a spirit. In I Thessalonians 5:23 it mentions the spirit, the soul, and the body. Children are young, but children are spirit beings.
Children are made to know God.
In Deuteronomy 6:6-9 God instructs parents to put an emphasis on teaching a younger generation about God. God didn’t want to wait for a person to be an adult before knowing Him and knowing about Him. In Matthew 19 Jesus’ disciples tried to keep children away from Jesus, as not to bother Him. Jesus knew what the disciples were doing and He said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Children can express their love for God.
Worship is about a loving surrender to our heavenly Father. Children can experience the love of God, and children can choose to respond to that love. When children worship from their heart, it’s real. It’s heartfelt. Their worship is precious to God, and He receives it.
Let’s remember to include worship in our ministry to children. Let’s lead children in worship by example, by instruction, and by providing a worship environment. We never push or force a child to worship, but children are typically very open to respond to God’s love and teaching from the Bible.