"Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes …"
When I was a pastor, the preschool children would come up front and perform that musical exercise at least once a year. After they performed, I'd always ask the worship leader if I could lead the children in another round, but I'd make mistakes.
I might say, "head," but touch my shoulders, or say, "knees," but touch my head. At least one child would always step forward and, with childlike innocence and patience, try to show me the correct way.
On one occasion, after being corrected, I tried again and, of course, messed up again. At that point, one little girl stepped forward with a look that only a child can make and said, "Mommy, he's not very smart." The congregation burst into joyous laughter. The rest of the service was a pleasure, and God's presence was tangible.
In the spontaneity of that moment, we all forgot ourselves in the presence of Someone who is greater. What was the result? Facades vanished. Pride fell away. Hearts were unlocked and opened. Without realizing it, we'd been transported into celebration. Once there, we were open to God.
Overflow with a Good Theme
Psalm 45 tells us about a king's wedding. The first verse describes the author of the psalm contemplating the wedding.
Now imagine the expressions on the faces of children or houseguests when they walk into a kitchen before Easter dinner and take in all those wonderful aromas—yummy smells that create anticipation and fill the heart with joy.1