Childlike Praise

Matthew 21:14-16
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

The irony of it all was that these learned men, the priests who knew the law so well, totally missed it.  And these children, who others probably looked down upon, got it completely.  Here was Jesus, the Son of David, and that was something wonderful.  That was something to sing about.  That was something to celebrate, to rejoice in, and to praise God for.

Jesus talked several times about the virtue of childlike faith.  And here He extolls these children for their childlike praise.  Without pretense, they just simply enjoy God—who He is and what He is doing among them.  No wonder children were drawn to Jesus.  He accepted them, too, as they were, with their youthful enthusiasm, joy, and playful spirits.  It doesn’t have to be so complicated and grown-up, but it is about giving praise to our God, recognizing Him, knowing Him, and accepting Him.

So what about us?  Do we stand silent and somber in the presence of God and the great things He has done?  Or are we willing to give voice to praise of the one who deserves all the honor and glory?  Do we have a childlike heart that is simply able to rejoice in the Lord, and are we willing to keep singing, though others scoff at us for doing so?  Some may think it foolish and inappropriate, but Jesus gladly accepted the praises of these children, and He gladly accepts ours, as well.  So may we always be willing to offer our praise to the Lord.