Thankfully, I held my tongue and said, “Sure. Do you want to pick the station?” He smiled and nodded. “Daddy, can you hit #1? The first preset in my car was that Christian station. When the station switched from the jazz station to the Christian station, he started head bopping and singing in the backseat with reckless abandon and began to smile. It was at that point that I realized that jazz music could never be as important in my life as it had been once before. I realized that my son (who was about 6 or 7 at the time) had a desire to listen to music that was “safe for the little ears” and edifying to God and I was not doing that as we were driving to church. Our children desire to worship. All of mankind was created to worship God. Because of sin, God was removed as the object of worship and mankind began to worship many other things.
Now, does this mean that I love jazz music any less? No! I still enjoy playing and listening to jazz music. But I had to put what I liked in its right place: far behind what edifies God and encourages my family.
Many times, parents can get caught up in a myriad of activities and experiences that they are passionate about and forget that the Lord has given them the important task of raising God honoring children. Proverbs 22:6 states, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Psalms 78:4 states, “We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.” In other words, God has given parents a great responsibility for teaching children about God and His purpose.
One simple practice that we do on and off in our home is to have “family worship”. I’ll grab a guitar and my kids will grab any “instrument” that makes noise and we start singing I ask them, “what songs have you learned in children’s church?” and we sing them. We sing both traditional and modern worship songs. You may say, “That’s simple for you to do. You’re the Worship Pastor. I can’t do that. I have no talent.” I have a simple solution for you: use the technology at your disposal. Search for Christian music on your smartphone or on the Internet and play it at home, in the car, as you get ready for bedtime or as you are waking up. Look for kids worship songs in a Google search or on YouTube. There is a wealth of great worship music that spans all generations on the Internet.
Remember that worship is not about talent. Worship is giving honor and worth to God . Allow your children to be saturated by the truth that many of these songs present about our Lord and Savior. Sing these songs with them. Do the hand motions that they do. May you as a family fulfill the command from Psalm 150:6 - "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!"