This Lord’s Day I preached on Psalm 8, and I would like to share just a bit of that here. So, read this,
O Yahweh, our Lord,
how majestic is Your Name in all the earth!
You have set Your glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
You have established strength because of Your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
Now look what David is doing, look where he places our minds. He draws out attention to the glory of God that is over all the earth and far above the heavens. Look at how great our God is! He is untouchable. Then David, in great poetic fashion, links the glory and majesty of God with something else.
If I were writing poetry like this, I would say that God’s glory is above the heavens and His power is greater than a storm on the sea. His beauty is more magnificent than the tallest mountains. That His splendor is more than the kings of all the earth. David, on the other hand, says, “babies.”
Look to the heavens and the glory of God, look at how great He is, and look at His babies and look what He does with them!
Matthew Henry wrote, about this Psalm, “The rough, unschooled babblings and murmuring of children can be an unexpected source of praise to their Creator.”
The weakness and dependence of our children is not a design flaw, but a design feature. God made our children this way. He made them difficult for His glory. They are a handful in the pew, because God is training them and us. So, praise Him. Our children are woefully dependent on everyone around them for the purpose of silencing the Ancient Dragon. When there is a babbling and screeching child in the midst of the saints, God is flexing His divine strength to silence Satan and our earthly enemies.
Our world is killing their children, and yet the lungs of the children of God are bursting with life. So, give God praise with them to still the enemy and the avenger. The weakest part of creation is the mightiest weapon of God.