Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger. Psalm 8:2
In Psalm 8 David is astounded as he reflects on minuscule man in God’s vast cosmos. “Who are we when the universe is so big!” So the fact that we are a little lower than the angels, and rulers over creation is even more amazing. Humanity is important to God.
But I believe the most extraordinary verse is verse 2. Within the cosmos, the praise of children and infants can silence God’s enemies! The smallest of the small in the vast halls of God’s universe have a place front and centre to bring glory to God.
The praise of Children is close to God’s heart. This Christmas churches will have nativity plays and choirs. However the praise of children to God should be front and centre all year round in church, home and school. Children’s praise is not just for Christmas and Easter.
When our naive and vulnerable children sing praises to God and shake His enemies we have evidence of God’s faithfulness. When we parents, adults and leaders only trot them out at Christmas we are stifling our children and their place in His Kingdom.