S (Scripture) – Psalm 8:1-2 “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength because of Your adversaries, to make the enemy and the revengeful cease.” NASB
“O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens.
You have taught children and infants
to tell of your strength,
silencing your enemies
and all who oppose you.” NLT
O (Observation) – Lord, children are different from adults in so many ways – some that are typically frustraing for me as a parent, yet some that are indescribably magical. To watch a child worship You is an experience that creates a longing in me to cry out to You, dance for You, reach my hands high in the air, and be moved by You in a way only the Holy Spirit can accomplish. Children do not understand so much about what goes on in the world, but in that moment of worship with You, I believe they understand all that really matters – loving You, adoring You, and abiding in Your glory.
A (Application) – A favorite character of mine once said, “Picasso said it took four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. They live in a delightful space somewhere between dreams and reality. They taste color, hear shapes, see sounds.” Lord, I want to worship You with the wholly surrendered heart of a child. I already sing the words, believe them with my heart, raise my hands, and feel the emotion that comes with declaring Your truth and Your promises over my life…but I want more. I want to be overcome by Your presence like King David experienced. I don’t have to be in a church service or in front of anyone – just You and me. Help me to savor the worship experience like a child who dances as if no one is watching.
P (Prayer) – Lord, it’s easy to become distracted by life. So many competing priorities and only so much time in the day. Tony Evans recently shared a sermon that talked about the church at Ephesus…how the congregation there was busy being righteous and “doing church” and programs that they “left their first love,” which was You. It’s possible to spend so much time doing good things that we neglect the One that matters. Forgive me, Lord.