Before Phoebe was born, I made a small pair of canvases for her room. It hangs by the light switch, and I see it every day, many times a day. On it, one of the verses reads: " O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise..." (Psalm 8:1-2) It serves as a reminder to me that even our small little girls have the ability to praise the Lord.
I don't consider myself very musical, but I've sung to the girls their whole lives. Phoebe has been subjected to my limited repertoire for twenty-six months now...and now, it seems that she knows all of my songs. I find that we're singing all day long: I am her on demand radio station. We sing the fish song. We sing the round and round song. We sing "Jesus Me". We sing the boat song. We sing Psalty. We sing hymns. We even sing some of the children's catechism. And now, I'm not the only one singing. A joyful noise indeed!
Phoebe particularly likes to sing songs with hand motions. If I don't teach her motions, she'll often make up some of her own. (She has, for instance, added some movements to Holy, Holy, Holy.) Her little hands clumsily attempt boats and fish and slings... and Truth is being imprinted into her mind and body. It is an incredible experience, getting to see your little one sing praise. And oh, how her little voice encourages me to praise the day away!
But now I have a question: What great children's music do you listen to at your house? It doesn't have to be praise music... we love fingerplays and Old McDonald just as much as the next family! I'd love to add to our collection every so often, but I don't want to waste my money.