I was teaching 4- and 5-year-olds last week and we were talking about praising the Lord. We read the story of the parting of the Red Sea and the song the Israelites sang after they had walked across on dry land.
“Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying,
“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
The Lord is my strength and my song,
and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:1-2
Of course, we had to re-enact the entire story multiple times (so everyone could be Moses or Miriam), and I was thrilled to hear their answer each time I asked, What did Moses say when the Israelites were in a panic? “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord,” Exodus 14:13.
Then we proceeded to dance around the room with instruments and praise the Lord. We finished our time by singing “Holy, Holy, Holy” and my heart was thrilled to see these young children praising the Lord with such joy and exuberance.
My encouragement to myself as I walked away from my teaching time was this. Wow, how the Israelites must have sung after receiving such a great miracle from the Lord. Oh wait, how am I singing after such a great miracle in my own life–God has raised me from death to life, my sins have been forgiven, and I get to live in eternity with Jesus! I am thinking my singing in corporate worship this week will be a little more joyful and exuberant.
The best part about teaching kids the great truths of the Bible is that I learn so much from them.