Leading Children in Worship

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Isn’t it amazing how God created us to recall more than just words attached to music? God uniquely designed us, especially kids, to be touched — mind, soul, and body — by songs. Children tuck away the concepts, feelings, and words of songs in their hearts and minds. I think that’s why God tells us in Psalm 47:6-7 to:

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Sing praises to God, sing praises.
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is King over all the earth.
Praise him with a psalm!

We were in the studio working on our new album when my music assistant and I began to rehearse the kids chorus. It’s my favorite time in the studio, working with a group of terrific 8- to 12-year-old studio singers. Our routine is the same — we look through lyrics for the first time while we listen to the music tracks. I watched as the kids concentrated, their lips moving, their brows furrowed, and their toes and fingers dancing to “Deck the Halls,” the song they’d be recording later that day.

Suddenly Erin, one of my 11-year-old singers, straightened up and pointed at her lyrics. “Wait!” she exclaimed, her face filled with surprise and confusion. ” ‘See the blazing yule before us’?” she demanded. “I always thought the words were, ‘See the blazing mule before us!’ ”

Everything stopped; the music might as well have come to a screeching halt. We all laughed until we wept, our noses ran, and our sides hurt. What a mental image! We made jokes about fire-roasting mules through the rest of production, adding costly minutes of recording studio time to the budget but also making priceless memories.

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Everyone in the studio that day still has all the laughter, snickering conversations, feelings of joy and friendship, and the physical sensations of the silliness of that day — all attached to the eight simple notes from the first line of that song.

God wants your kids to sing to him. And kids are designed and ready to sing. Indeed, we should sing well-written songs — age-appropriate songs that kids genuinely enjoy — but God doesn’t even care if we sing them well. He just wants us to be enthusiastic.

There are so many ways kids can worship God; he created them to be especially open, loving, enthusiastic, and expressive. So it’s only natural that songs and music are among the most wonderful tools to help them worship our Creator. Sadly, though, we often overlook kids’ natural ability to worship because we think of it as a “big person” thing to do. But the truth is, your kids are ready — today — to make a personal connection to God. Here’s how you can use songs and music to inspire kids to worship with all the enthusiasm and heart God gave them.

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