The song by Tasha Cobbs, “Break Every Chain,” has been in my head since worship service on yesterday. No, it wasn’t the first time I’ve heard the song because I’ve always liked it but on last night my sister sent me a video of my nephew singing a part of the song and it piqued my interest. Why? Well, firstly because he is 4 and secondly because he kept singing “I hear the chains falling,” and he sung it like he knew exactly what he was singing about and who he was singing too. How can he when he’s only 4? How can he know anything about that song? Yea, I know you might say it’s because he heard the choir sing it on yesterday but what if it isn’t just that? See, Proverbs 20:11 says, “Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright,” so isn’t he making his reasons known? Or maybe he wasn’t singing for himself but for those around him. He could have been singing to God to break the chain of pain that he sees my sister dealing with. He could be singing to God to break the chain of stress he sees my mom dealing with. He could be singing to God to break the chains that we don’t even see yet. Yea, too many times we take for granted the things children see and what they pick up on. Why can’t he get his praise on for God at the age of 4? Why can’t his praise reach God’s ears? Why can’t his prayers move mountains or ask for healing? Didn’t Jesus say in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these?”
I get excited when I see small children or children of any age paying attention during worship service because it means they are watching and listening. I love to hear my nephew sing the songs we’ve sang at worship service or mimic my uncle’s preaching once he gets home because it means he’s learning. Will he always be like this? Probably not but the bible says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Yea, I hear the chains falling and they are the chains of generational curses, peer pressure, gangs, stereotypes, judgment, bullying, drug abuse, sickness & diseases, teenage pregnancies, molestation, abuse, school dropouts, giving up, rape, social media and anything else that is attacking our children. I hear the chains falling of our children consistently dying by violence or at the hands of parents who are supposed to protect them. I hear the chains falling and I will continue to pray for them to fall in order to give more of our children a praise. Yes, even he has a praise at the age of 4 and if more adults would, couldn’t you imagine how much better things would be? Yes, even he has a praise!