Matt.21:16 – and said to Him, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” And Jesus *said to them, “Yes; have you never read, ‘OUT OF THE MOUTH OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABIES YOU HAVE PREPARED PRAISE FOR YOURSELF’?”
There is something special about children and revival and worship. Jesus went so far as to say unless we are converted and become like little children we will never enter the kingdom of God. What is it about children that qualifies someone to enter God’s kingdom? I think the mystery is hidden in today’s verse. Do you see it? The pharisees couldn’t enter the kingdom because of worship. What stops a person from true worship? It centers around ego, image, and pride. Only the humble, those who acknowledge the greatness of the Lord, are capable of worship. True worship begins when someone sees God’s greatness. In that light they also see their own smallness. People who are self important and stuck on other’s perceptions of themselves can never worship. David said it like this , Ps.34:1,2 – “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.” George Whitefield was often pelted with rotten eggs and worse while he preached. Check out his observations of children.
“Whitfield says, “I cannot help adding that several little boys and girls, who were fond of sitting round me on the pulpit while I preached, and handed to me people’s notes—though they were often pelted with eggs, dirt, & c., thrown at me—never once gave way; but on the contrary, every time I was struck, turned up their little weeping eyes, and seemed to wish they could receive the blows for me. God make them, in their growing years, great and living martyrs for him who, out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, perfects praise!” He who delights in the songs of angels is pleased to honor himself in the eyes of his enemies by the praises of little children. What a contrast between the glory above the heavens, and the mouths of babes and sucklings! yet by both the name of God is made excellent.”
Praise and worship is quite liberating. Not only is praise perfected in us when we are converted and become like children, we too experience the power of being adjusted and repaired in that atmosphere. I don’t care what the big boys and self important say, I’m gonna worship Him anyway.