When people love God with all their hearts, worship comes naturally. WHATEVER we are doing for Jesus can be done as an act of worship. But our family loves music. I have a theory that most people do, but we learn early on from what we see and experience. So often, kids don’t see true, heart-felt worship, so they don’t want to sing out, or do hand motions, or even dance like King David did in the streets as he worshipped. I spent a couple years as a children’s minister and it was really sad to sit and watch as children, who should have been up on their feet singing with reckless abandon, just sat there, self-consciously, not worshipping God.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
The King James version says, “Make a joyful noise.” You don’t have to be musically gifted. It just has to come from the heart! If you can play an instrument…great! Seeds Family Worship and Rend Collective also have chord charts on their websites. But if you can’t play an instrument, just sing(or shout, as the verse says)! Or let your kids play along on instruments. YouTube is also a great option, as long as you are singing along and not letting the TV do all the worshipping. There are some really good kids videos that have the words on them. (My only caution is to not listen to super upbeat songs right before bed, especially if your kids like to dance! We are trying to switch to doing some worship times in the morning because of this and so that Daddy can be there to play guitar more often.)
Just get started and don’t get hung up on what you sound like. Kids really aren’t that picky. But if you don’t sing out or get into it, they are going to copy you. If it’s important to God, it should be important to us. If it’s not important to us, it’s not going to be important to our kids. How well we do it really doesn’t matter. We just have to start.
What are your favorite family worship songs?