Matthew 21:16"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' ?"
From the lips of children He has ordained praise. I looked up the meaning of the word ordain in Webster's Dictionary online. (I don't use the word ordained often enough to grasp it's exact meaning other than in terms used for ministers.) Here is what I found.
1: to invest officially (as by the laying on of hands) with ministerial or priestly authority
2 a: to establish or order by appointment, decree, or law
God has officially called children to praise His name. He has given them this authority. As adults there are so many arguments about how to praise His name. So many that churches split over these arguments-- too loud, to slow, to old fashioned, to new... and that's just in the churches that use music. There is a whole other argument that music is not Biblical in worship. As adults, or mature believers, we need to take lessons from the people who have been called by God officially to praise Him. Do you think He cares about how Ollie sings. If she's off key, too loud, sings a new song she makes up as she goes, uses her violin-guitar-harmonica while she sings. I think NOT. She certainly makes music in her heart! She certainly sings to Him a new song. She even sings and makes music for Him with her instruments.
Ephesians 5:19Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
Psalm 33:3Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.
Psalm 144:9I will sing a new song to you, O God; on the ten-stringed lyre I will make music to you,
I am so blessed to be a mom. I grow in my faith and my relationship with my Savior just by watching and listening to my little girls. Lord, I pray that you will keep my eyes and ears open that I may see Your truth as I raise my girls; that I may use what I learn to teach them about You. Not only about You but that they may come to know You in a mature way-- not just in the innocent ways that You have ordained.
Lord, I also pray that one day I can send her to Camp Electric!
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
15 My frame was not hidden from you
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
17 How precious to [b] me are your thoughts, O God!
18 Were I to count them,