Sing Jesus Over Them
“…and you shall call His name Jesus, for He shall save His people from their sins.” Matthew 12:1
Say His name a few times, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.” Oh, how we love His name. The old song says it is “the sweetest name I know.”
With our three girls and all seven grand children so far, MaryAnn and I have been careful and intentional in the words and songs we have spoken and sang over them. A child’s mind is a miraculous learning laboratory where everything that is seen, heard, tasted, touched and smelled is stored for recall when needed and we’ve never wanted to take that innocence for granted or take the chance of filling a little mind with material that wasn’t important.
And so, from their earliest days, we have tried to fill our kids heads and hearts with one thing, one concept, one person, actually, with just one word – Jesus.
Peter and John had the experience of seeing a man healed who was looking for a hand out – Through the disciples, God gave the man a ‘hand up’ instead, and healed him. And later, their explanation was simply this, that the name of Jesus, specifically, “His name, through faith in His Name, made this man whole…” Acts 3:16
The Name of Jesus.
Paul wrote of the power of Jesus name and the importance of having a mind like His when he wrote to the Phillipians, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phillipians 2:9-11
We figure that if the little minds in our charge were filled with the name of Jesus that they had a better chance of turning out the way we hoped they would, as children and eventually women and men who knew and loved their Lord, intimately, honestly and with their whole heart, strength, soul – and mind. With the main thing covered the rest of life would sort itself out.
So we whisper or hum or sing a couple of songs to them whenever we can.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
There’s just something about that name.
Master, Savior, Jesus,
Like the fragrance after the rain.
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,
Let all heaven and earth proclaim.
Kings and kingdoms shall all pass away,
But there’s something about that name.*
His name is wonderful, His name is wonderful
His name is wonderful, Jesus my Lord
He is the Mighty King, Master of Everything
His name is wonderful, Jesus my Lord.
He’s the Great Shepherd, the Rock of all ages,
Almighty God is He.
Bow down before Him, love and adore Him,
His name is wonderful, Jesus my Lord.*
There a so many beautiful songs and lullabies about the name of Jesus, I’m sure you have your favorites, too. The important thing is to sing to them, from their earliest days in mama’s tummy till you’re walking them down the aisle in marriage, and beyond. Give them Jesus. Fill their hearts and minds with His Name and all it will mean to their lives. Then when they are older, whenever they need it, the Holy Spirit will bring the song forward to their conscious mind, and they will take a deep breath and know Jesus is able, He is with them, and Jesus has them covered.
*Bill and Gloria Gaither