“From the lips of children and infants, You, Lord, have called forth Your praise.” (Matthew 21:16)
Jesus quoted this passage from Psalm 8 after the chief priests and teachers of the law had gotten pretty upset at the children who were shouting in the Temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David!”
It made the religious people mad enough that the crowds had shouted that through the streets on Palm Sunday. And now the kids were copying what they had heard from the adults in the Temple courts.
So they asked Jesus, “Do you hear what these children are saying?”
Jesus simply replies, “Have you never read, “From the lips of children and infants, You, Lord, have called forth Your praise?”
He loves their worship! God not only accepts the praise of His little babies, He delights in their faith!
Many of the kids in our Prevention Program have put their faith in Jesus this season as we have talked about who Jesus really is. Their faith is simple, and the way they declare His praise is profound. They sing and dance in His love for them.
Just this spring season, we have had 88 new children come to our Kids’ Club. And a total of 353 kids have come through our Prevention Program since it first started.
And we celebrated the baptisms of 19 of our children this season!
They proclaimed Jesus as their Lord as other children and onlookers from the motel gathered around to take in the day’s events. Everyone listened as the children stated their reasons in wanting to get baptized.
Their explanations were amazing. The majority of them simply said that they loved God and that God loved them. Some said they wanted to be with Jesus forever. Some said they wanted Jesus to save them. Others said they wanted to become a new person.
The Greek definition of the word baptizo means "to overwhelm." As each of the 19 children were overwhelmed with the cold water in the kiddie pool, they were also overwhelmed with a new identity in Jesus, and they are entering into a new covenant relationship with Him.
Our desire has been to see these children come into their true identity in Jesus, and this has happened right before our eyes.