Jesus, as we will know now, real had a way with kids. Everytime they pop up in a story. The disciples try to send them off but Jesus jumped in to their defence. I don’t know if the disciples thought that the kids were teasing or making fun or mocking the praise or what. For some reason they didn’t like it so said ‘Jesus, do you hear what those kids are saying?’ They were not at all happy.
Jesus said ‘what is bothering you? Didn’t you ever read that the praise that comes from little children is perfect praise? Leave them be.’
This reminds me of the childlike faith Jesus praises so often. The praise of kids in pure praise. It is kindle like little Amy when she sees Grammy or Grampy. Her excitement is pure and sweet and innocent and unbridled. I think that is the kind of praise that Jesus is talking about here. It’s the kind of praise that it not based on making an impression. It is just praise that comes from the heart.
Let kids praise Him. I don’t we go to far when we encourage them to praise. When nobody else will praise, they will.