Psalm 8:2: “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants / You have ordained strength, / Because of Your enemies, / That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.”

July 12th, 2017 by Pastor Ed in devotional

Putting into words the thoughts and ideas of the greatness, the glory, the fullness of God Almighty can be difficult. David recognized that even though God is beyond our intellect and understanding, we can still worship and magnify Him. In fact, even a little child can grasp that He should be praised. Jesus confirmed this verse in the New Testament:

Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” (Matthew 21:14–16).

Even though the intelligentsia of Jesus’ day, the scribes and priests, couldn’t grasp who God the Son was, the children could, and in the very way David described in Psalm 8. David saw that God’s greatness can be more easily accepted and grasped by a child than an educated adult.

There’s a funny story that reflects this truth. One day a little boy asked his atheist uncle to come see his dog’s brand new litter of puppies, describing them as “atheist” puppies. Naturally the uncle was impressed that his nephew recognized his atheism and would think to refer to the newly born puppies as atheists also. Several weeks later, he received another call from his nephew once again inviting him to see the puppies, but this time the boy described them as “Christian” puppies. This perplexed the uncle, but he headed over to his nephew’s house anyway. He was naturally curious by the change and asked his nephew why he now referred to the puppies as Christians. The shrewd little 10 year old quickly replied, “Because now, Uncle, their eyes are open.”

“LORD, help us to keep both eyes open to Your hand on our lives this day.”