Psalm 8:2 “Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you; toddlers shout the songs that drown out enemy talk and silence atheist babble.” MSG I don’t often quote from The Message version of the Bible, but sometimes it’s fun to see how a particular verse is worded in that version. When I read Psalm 8:2 out of The Message Bible, I couldn’t help but think of our preschoolers and their lively worship on Sunday mornings.They jump, dance, clap and shout. Then when we are finished singing and worshipping, we pray and believe me, God has answered many of those prayers! Another thing I’ve noticed is how much babies and toddlers love music. Music plays a big part in setting the tone, soothing and calming little ones and lifting hearts to God.There’s power in praise so much so that Psalm 8:2 sums it up beautifully - even a toddler’s song can silence the enemy. Praise power - Do you need a little power in your life? Are you thankful for what Jesus did on the cross? Are you thankful that He is alive? How about lifting your eyes upwards this week and taking some time to praise. I wonder what will happen when we start to really praise? PS - Are you facing any battles right now? Any enemies you can’t seem to defeat? How about trying a little praise? As you battle in prayer, seeking God, try beginning with praise and welcoming God into whatever problem or circumstance you might be facing. Thank Him that He sees and knows all about what you are going through. Thank Him that He is working in your life and see what will happen. Think of how you will shout for joy when the enemy turns around and flees because you have picked up the powerful weapon of praise. Praise power is for real! It’s God’s amazing power working in us and for us. Let’s start praising!
Jesus’ Praise Parade – Matthew 21
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Clip, clop, clip clop went the donkey, – (Pat knees with hands.)
Jesus rode to Jerusalem that day.
Eagerly the children watched, – (Hands by eyes.)
As Jesus passed their way.
They knew Jesus loved them. – (Give self a hug.)
He was their special friend. – (Friend – 2 fingers hooked together.)
He said, “Let the children come to me.” – (Beckon come.)
As He welcomed and blessed them.
A BIG crowd had gathered, – (Stand up.)
On both sides of the road. – (Hands out to the sides.)
Spreading their coats and palm branches, – (Wave palm branches.)
They praised Jesus as He rode. – (Say, “Clip, clop, clip. clop!”)
It was a very special day,
Just like a big parade. – (March in place.)
The people shouted, “Hosanna!” – (Shout, “Hosanna!”)
What a happy sound they made!
Even the children shouted, – (Say Yeah, Jesus!)
“Hosanna!” to Jesus their friend. – (Shout, “Hosanna!”)
Joining the happy celebration,
They shouted their praise to Him. – (Say Yeah, Jesus!)
Jesus wants us to praise Him. – (Wave arms in the air.)
You can praise Him too. – (Point outwards.)
Praise HIm by saying, “Thank you!” – (Praying hands.)
“Yeah, Jesus! I really love you.” – (Give self a hug.)
MEMORIZE: Matt. 28:6 NIrV – (Hold hands open as though holding a book.)
He (Jesus) is – (Point upwards.)
Not here – (Make tomb with a fist.)
He has risen – (Jump up and raise hands.)
Just as He said – (Hands by mouth.)
He would – (Clap hands.)
Thank you that you love me and gave your Son Jesus for me. Thank you Jesus, for being my forever friend. I want to praise you because you are so good. You love me and you help me. I want to say, ‘Yeah, Jesus! Yeah, God!” I know you are alive and you will always love me. Amen
KNOW: Many people praised Jesus, I can praise Jesus.
TALK ABOUT: Ways to praise.
ASK: Who loves you? God loves me.
AND DO: I can praise Jesus