She raised her little hands high, her eyes were closed, and her mind seemed far away, peace displayed across her face. Although no words were said, the picture relayed that this young girl of no more than two-years-old was worshipping God. Her actions said, “Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord!”
Children mimic what they see us do, and when we release and allow praise to come forth, they will do this too. So, don’t hold back. When God has done something for you, shout, “Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord!” Then, turn to your little one, throw your hands in the air, and shout, “Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord! God is so good!” Do it often. Why? First, God is always blessing us in some way. Thus, we have plenty of praise to give Him. Second, your cue of “Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord!” will have your little one lifting their hands in the air. We are not training them to worship God in rote. We know that every person must establish their own relationship with God. However, we are helping them create a foundation where they know that it is okay to express their praise to God. We are teaching them to recognize the goodness of God. We are helping them identify the blessings He gives to us.
So, the next time you recognize a blessing from God, shout, “Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord!” Then, share with your little one what God has done for you, even if they don’t understand. Eventually, they will, and when you explain it to them, shouting “Hallelujah! Praise ye the Lord!” will be a normal part of their life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jacqui Wilson is the Founder of Christian Children’s Empowerment. Besides managing Christian Children’s Empowerment, she is the author of several books including the children’s book God Says I’m Awesome. You can learn more about Jacqui and her other books by clicking here.