Baptism is one of the first sacred acts we do as parents when our children are born. Tomorrow in worship we will see proud parents, godparents, grandparents, relatives and congregation raise their voices together praying for God’s presence in a young child. It is an action we prioritize in our faith journey. By our actions, our prayers, our faith, we proclaim God as a first priority. I do not usually talk from the Psalm reading but as I reviewed my plan for tomorrow, I was touched by the Psalm.
129Your decrees are wonderful;
therefore I obey them with all my heart.
130When your word is opened it gives light;
it gives understanding to the simple.
Baptism is not a “decree” invented by people even though literally it means, a washing and setting aside for a special use, but it is part of the Great Commission of Jesus, go and make disciples baptizing them… Tomorrow we will come before God with “all my heart” to pray God’s presence and blessing in a young life. We pray for “light” during our confusing day, for wisdom for parents and family who guide the child. Our hearts’ prayer is for understanding as the child grows from a “simple” child to a wise elder taking a place among peers. One of the ways we show God as a first priority is living into his decrees with joy, obedience and faith in his faithfulness. We need light and understanding! Blessings as you prepare for tomorrow.