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Kids Entering the Presence of God Part 9 – The Veil

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Hebrews 4:16  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Now we come to the entrance to the Holy of Holies where God’s presence dwells. In the tabernacle of Moses, a veil stood at the entrance. Nobody dared to go past this veil except the high priest. He only entered once a year to offer a sacrifice for the sins of the people, and he had to prepare himself to do that.

But today, we can boldly go into God’s presence. When Jesus died on the cross, the veil was ripped in two showing that His sacrifice was accepted once and for all.

There are still many ‘veils’ that can keep children from entering into God’s presence. Here are three.

Kids who don’t know God can’t enter into His presence. That’s why it’s so important to introduce children to God at an early age.

John 9:31  Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. 

Kids who are embarrassed because their friends might make fun of them or because they might look foolish have a hard time entering the presence of God. This is why it’s important to teach children to be bold in their faith.

Luke 9:26  For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.

Some kids won’t enter God’s presence because of stubbornness or pride.

Isaiah 66:2  But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.

It’s important to teach children that whatever hinders them from God’s presence, whatever veil is blocking their way, must be ripped in two. A great way to teach them this is to have a piece of cloth that’s easy to rip. Make a small cut to get it started. Have each child who wants to enter God’s presence rip the cloth in two.

Unfortunately there’s something else that hinders children from entering God’s presence – well meaning adults. Some adults will stop children from worshiping God because they might worship in a boisterous way or because they think the children don’t understand what they’re doing.

There are two Bible stories that address people who try to hinder worship.

The first is found in 2 Samuel 6. David came into the city with the Ark of the Covenant, the symbol of God’s presence, dancing and singing. Michael was embarrassed by David’s behavior and told him so. David told her he would not let her stop him but would look even more foolish in his worship. Michael was punished by God for hindering David and became barren.

The other story is found in Matthew 21:15-16. When Jesus entered the temple, children cried out to Him in praise. The religious leaders of the time told Jesus He should stop them. Jesus said, “From the lips of children and infants, God has ordained praise.” The word ordain in the Greek means to lead or to start.

God wants children to lead in praise and worship. We should lead them into doing this. It’s a dangerous thing to hinder the praise and worship of children.

Kids Entering God’s Presence Part 3 – Enter His Courts With Praise

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Psalm 150   1 Praise the Lord! Praise God in his Temple. Praise him in his mighty heaven. 2 Praise him for his strength. Praise him for his greatness. 3 Praise him with trumpet blasts. Praise him with harps and lyres. 4 Praise him with tambourines and dancing. Praise him with stringed instruments and flutes. 5 Praise him with loud cymbals. Praise him with crashing cymbals. 6 Let everything that breathes praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!

Praise: An expression of approval or commendation

After the thanksgiving part of the service, it’s time to enter His courts with praise. Praise is an expression that shows we appreciate God for who He is and what He does. It requires action to express it. We can be thankful to God silently, but to praise God we have to do something.

Praise Primers: One way to help children with praise is to give a praise primer each week before praise time. A praise primer is an object lesson dealing with praise – what it is and why we should praise. You can look in your local Christian book store for object lesson resources John Tasch Ministries also has an excellent resource DVD of Praise Primers at this link.

Praise Words: There are many different Hebrew words for praise in the Old Testament. Each word denotes a different expression of praise. Teach the children a different word every week and encourage them to express their praise using these methods. I’ve listed some of the words, where they are found, and their definitions.

  •  Tehillah (pronounced tehela) To sing our praise to God with all our hearts. Psalm 35:28
  • Zamar (pronounced zamar) To use instruments to show praise. Psalm 57:7
  • Shabach (pronounced shabak) To shout. Psalm 145:4
  • Halal (pronounced halal) To celebrate, go mad over, or to be clamourously foolish. Similar to a celebration at a sporting event. Psalm 150:2
  • Machowl (pronounced machowil) To turn, skip, move around, lift the feet in dance. Psalm 150:4
  • Towdah (pronounced toda) To extend the hands in acceptance or agreement with God’s words and promises before you see the answer. Psalm 42:4
  • Yadah (pronounced yada) To lift the hand in praise. Psalm 28:7
  • Sachaq (pronounced sawqua) To laugh. Proverbs 8:30
  • Guwl (pronounced gool) To dance or spin. Psalm 118:24
  • Alats (pronounced awlais) To let out a battle cry. Psalm 68:3

Songs: Songs are a very important part of praise in Scripture and should be given a place of prominence in your Children’s Service. Songs used during praise time should express praise. Encourage the children to stand and participate by expressing themselves from the heart during praise songs. Make sure the songs don’t have too many words and that you don’t introduce too many new songs in one week. You want the children to concentrate more on praising God than learning words.

Motions and Sign Language: Motions are an important part of singing praise songs to God because children love to do things with their hands. What better thing could they do than express their praise to God. You can create your own motion or buy Children’s ministry DVD’s with the motions to the songs. One thing I love to do is to teach children sign language to the most important words in the song. Children love to do this. It’s easy to learn. Just go to the library or buy a book on religious signing.

Drama and Expressive Arts: Expression is an important part of praise. If your children’s ministry doesn’t have children’s team for drama, banners, dance, creative movement, or signing, consider starting one.

If you have a great resource for praise expression, please list it under comments. The next blog will focus on leading children into worship.