Just for Kids

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
— Psalm 8:1-2

When I was a child, I remember sitting in church with my parents. Unlike some children, I was not allowed to have a coloring book or activity to occupy my time, and there was one very big rule: Be Quiet. Unfortunately, I was not naturally a quiet child. I think you all know what happens when a child doesn’t obey, so I think you can all guess what happened when I wasn’t quiet. That’s right, I was punished. So this month, this article is for all the children out there who wiggle, and whis- per, and can’t seem to sit still even though you know what will happen if you disobey. 

David wrote the words of his psalm, because he loved God and he wanted to tell God how wonderful he thought God was.The word majestic means God was so big and so wonderful that if a person saw him all that person would be able to say was,“wow” in sort of a hushed voice, and their eyes would get really big. David wanted God to know how great God was. The next part of the verse though is the part that I really like about the children and babies praising God. David writes that when children praise God the people that don’t like God, his enemies, will be silenced. David writes that children should sing and shout how wonderful, and great, and fabulous God is, so that the enemies of God will be the ones who have to be quiet. 

Just like in the US, the children here have a hard time sitting still and being quiet as well. So it isn’t just you who needs to sing. It means that if all the children where you are, and here in Arequipa can sing to God, God will be very happy.This doesn’t mean that you don’t have to obey your parents. It also doesn’t mean you can talk and giggle during the sermon.What it does mean, is that when the rest of the church is singing, God wants to hear your voice too. He wants you to sing with all your heart and with all your might, so that when it comes time to sit quietly and listen to the preacher, you won’t be the only one who has to be quiet.