Worship. One of the most important things that you can give to your children is the worship of the LORD. It was particularly when giving the 2nd Commandment, which teaches us to worship Him in the way appointed by Him no more no less, that the LORD speaks of visiting the iniquities of the fathers unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Him and showing mercies unto a thousand generation of them that love Him. Teach your children, therefore, to worship the Lord in his fear and love. Teach them to worship Him privately, and in the family and in church corporately. Yes, always include your children in your family and public worship for it is only in this way that your “children, which have not known anything, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God…” (Dt 31:10-13). As early as possible, make them realise that worship must never be entered into flippantly, but with sobriety and a fear of the LORD though we do not see Him. Therefore inculcate reverent postures and teach your children to sit still (or stand still as the case may be) during worship. Begin that training at home in family worship every day. Unless you do so you will not be able to get your children to be still to worship the Lord in public, nor will your children develop a genuine fear and love for the Lord. Resolve therefore with Joshua, “As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Jos 24:15).
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