Romans 12:1 So brothers, since God has shown us great mercy, I beg you to offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him. Your offering must be only for God and pleasing to him. This is the spiritual way for you to worship.
You’ve entered His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Now it’s time to enter into the Holy of Holies. It’s time to worship God. Worship requires a surrender of our own wills and a response to God’s love for us. It is not for the timid Christian, but it is for Christian children.
You can’t teach children to worship. That’s a decision every person has to make. But there are some things you can do to help children come to a place where they choose to worship God.
Worship Words: These three Hebrew words express worship and are translated as worship. The first word can also refer to praise, but the second and third word always refers to worship.
- Yadah (pronounced yada) To lift the hand in praise. Psalm 28:7
- Barak (pronounced bawrak) To kneel down, adore, salute. Judges 5:2
- Shachah (pronounced shacha) To lay prostrate before, to bow yourself flat as to royalty. Psalm 45:11
As the children in your ministry learn these words, let them know these are acceptable ways to express their worship to God. You may want to play worship music and give them a time to express this worship.
If you do this, always make sure you instruct them with what you expect. If any children don’t wish to participate, have them sit quietly in the back of the room with a worker so they don’t disrupt the others.
Don’t ever push a child to worship if the child isn’t ready. This will not result in true worship.
Worship Songs: Worship songs are love songs to God. They express our adoration and surrender to Him. A couple of examples are “Your Love Is Deep””, Offering, and “Live To Worship” They are songs you sing to God.
Preach the Word: We cannot respond to God until we hear from God. That means, if you want your students to respond to God, you need to teach them meat from God’s Word. Your sermons don’t have to be long, five minutes is long enough, but they do need to go into the deep things of Scripture. Children don’t need watered down Bible stories. They need the undiluted Word of God delivered and packaged in a way they understand.
A Living Sacrifice: This link is to a children’s sermon I wrote on being a living sacrifice. Every child needs to know that God requires that child to give Him his whole life as a sacrifice. That is the kind of worship God wants.
Worthy of Our Worship: We can praise many people and things. But God is the only one who is worthy of worship. Children need to know that God is the only one we worship because He is above all else. He is royalty above all royalty. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Response: Every time you have a children’s service where you preach the Word of God, you should have a time for children to respond to what they’ve heard.
Some church denominations have altar calls where children pray at the front. Some have one on one prayer time with workers. Others have time at their seats where they consider what they’ve heard. Still others have a group prayer. However you decide, make sure to allow time for your students to respond.