Psalm 149:3 “Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.”
They are kids. And I taught them a verse about praising God through song and dance. I almost think the scenario should have been the other way around. Don’t get me wrong, I do know about praise. But who am I to teach praise to these children who already long to praise God and praise Him in the purest form? They don’t praise Him because they have to. They don’t praise Him to be seen. They don’t praise Him to get something in return. They praise Him because they WANT to. They praise Him because they enjoy praising Him. Yes, I’m quite sure that instead of an adult teaching children about praising God, we should allow the children to teach us about praising God.
Now that I typed all of that out of no where, let me get back to how it went. 🙂 All Adah cared about was the timbrel and harp, but they enjoyed this scripture because they truly do love to praise God. At any given moment you can hear Naomi singing worship songs AT THE TOP OF HER LUNGS. And as long as Adah thinks that you aren’t paying attention, she’s singing, too. And as far as praising Him with a dance goes, both girls (and my nieces and nephews) are involved in the Mighty & Wee Warriors Dance/Drama Team at our church.
It is entirely okay to praise God; whether it be quietly with your hands raised, singing at the top of your lungs, or dancing and shouting, twirling and doing cart wheels. In fact, He longs for us to praise Him. That’s what we were created for, ya know. I encourage you to find a new way to praise Him this week. And don’t forget to try my kid’s favorite….CRAZY PRAISE!
I believe I was as excited about this week’s craft as the kids were. I did all the hard work, taking 2 paper plates (per child), hot-gluing them together, and filling them with various items. Each child’s “instrument” made a different sound due to different items placed in each one. One had acorns, one rocks, one rice, nerds, smarties, marbles, and beads. Be creative! Use whatever you have on hand (like we did). Once I had all the difficult stuff out of the way, the kids were free to decorate them however they wanted to. They could not wait to take them to church and use them outside of the house!
As you expand your praise life, encourage your children to expand theirs, as well. I dare you to even go as far as letting them create their own instrument to use. But beware, if you plan to attempt this craft, you must also plan to endure some joyful noise. 😉