What is your tolerance level for shouting? On more than a few occasions, I’ve been advised to use ‘my inside voice.’ I guess my farm training calling animals to come developed my vocal chords!
As the crowds reached the city of Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, many of them entered the temple area. After all, they were there as worshippers, preparing themselves for the public feast of Passover. I’m sure their hearts were stirred with just the sight of the temple, the place where God met with His people for so many years–a place of worship, praise, prayer and fellowship.
Children are imitators, aren’t they? ‘Monkey see–monkey do,’ is the expression my grandmother some times quoted. ‘O be careful little eyes what you see,’ one of my daughters sings to her almost 2 year old son. What children see, they will imitate. What they hear, they will copy.
So what had they heard for the last few hours along the road to Jerusalem? ‘Hosanna to the Son of David!’ Crowds shouting praise, using the breath God had given to express their adoration to the One who had come in the name of the Lord.
The ‘religious leaders’ were ticked off, to say the least. They saw (and heard) the children echoing the praise of their parents in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David.” They were indignant and confronted Jesus in their impulse of indignation.
“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. Of course, Jesus could hear, and so could all the worshippers in earshot of these tiny lungs. He heard. He understood. He supported their expression of praise.
“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise?”
How well did they know their Scriptures? How well do you and I know the Psalms, the books of Moses and the Prophets? What Scriptures have we memorized so that we may quote them as needed?
Psalm 8 was a psalm of David, an expression of his delight in the majestic name of God. God set His glory above the heavens and His name is exalted all around the earth. He designed praise as an outlet of children. Even infants may express their simple delight in their Creator.
Now let’s talk about application –
- How well do we know the Scriptures?
- How critical are we of children who can’t contain the praise that bubbles up in their heart?
- How are we expressing our praise to God?
- How will our children echo our praise? How may we encourage them to express love to God?