Don’t Squelch the Spirit

I saw them,
the children,
happy and
joyous in the Lord!

I saw them
looking up
relaxing in
the hand of the Lord!

Happy smiles
Unhindered
Shine in praise,
Worshiping the Lord!

I heard them
Beautifully
Singing out,
Praises to the Lord!

The grown ups
saying “no”,
“not that way”,
Inhibiting them,

Squelching them,
The smiles fade,
A shadow
Passes ‘cross their eyes.

God’s Light fades
Darkness comes
Singing out
Hollow performance.

Let’s not squelch the children,
Their worship for God pure!
Let them sing their praises,
Delighting God for sure.

Do not quench the Spirit
As He gives joy to these
Let His Fire keep burning,
And children praise with ease.

“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

“Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.” Psalm 8:2

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17 thoughts on “Don’t Squelch the Spirit

    1. Thank you, Pete. It gives me great joy when I see children worship! And when I see grown ups scold them about their worship mannerisms, for whatever reason, and the light go out in their eyes, it gives me such grief, as I believe it also gives grief to the Holy Spirit.

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  1. Oh my goodness! I had to take my children to school today because my cousin had something she had to do. God has been asking me to put on Bible songs whenever they are in the car so I obliged today. Those voices singing together…priceless. Just singing their little hearts out!!

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    1. That’s wonderful, Brittany! Keep up the good work! We want them to worship God now and forever, so we need to encourage it, not squelch it.
      Funny, I asked God when I should schedule this post, and He said Friday. I asked Him, how ’bout Thursday? But my heart was not at peace, so I said, Yes Sir, Friday then.

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  2. This brought tears to my eyes today! Especially thinking about how Jesus told us to be like those little children, and to continue to bring our worship freely to Him. Oh, may we be more aware of the ways that we squelch the Spirit in each other, and instead encourage the freedom to worship!

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    1. That’s right, Bettie! We don’t just do it to children; we sometimes have been guilty of doing it to each other. Lord, please forgive us. But I wonder if we don’t excuse ourselves more readily when we do it to children because we are older and consider ourselves wiser. But sometimes our “wisdom” is not actually from above. How many of us have actually been guilty of correcting children for appearance’s sake, that is, what will others think of the job I’m doing training this child? That “wisdom” is of this world system and is spoken of negatively in the book of James toward the end of chapter 3. True wisdom is gentle and pure and without hypocrisy.

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