“Out of the mouths of babes…”
This common saying often covers a multitude of unexpected wonderings from children at the most inopportune times. And at God-ordained times.
A daughter asks her Dad to have a tea party with her when he’s already behind at work. After 5 minutes she says, “Daddy, I love you. Thanks for spending time with me.”
In the grocery story, Aaron loudly asks for all to hear, “Mommy, why does that lady only have one arm?”
When the errands are finally finished and you’re running late but you still have to run home & change before Sarah’s basketball game, Sarah asks, “Can we stop and feed that homeless man who’s hungry?”
At the funeral of Elijah’s Grandma he goes to give his little sister, who is sad, a hug and reassures her, “It’s okay to be sad. I’m sad, too. But Grandma is in heaven with God, and we’ll get to see her again some day.”
Nicole takes her 6 year old into the public restroom with her and the 6 year old asks loudly, “What’s that Mommy? Where did that come from? Where are you putting that, Mommy?”
Out of the mouth of babes…
Out of the mouth of babes comes innocence and candid observations. Brutal truth & unabashed questions. Boundless faith & unrelenting grace.
During my first years in Children’s Ministry I found myself wondering what was the original context of this verse. The full context changed everything I ever knew about a child’s faith & reconfirmed their importance to our Creator.
Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. Psalm 8:2 (KJV)
So in case you’re like me and don’t speak KJV, let the NIV translate:
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 (NIV)
I had been so guilty of only reading Psalm 8:2a that I missed arguably the most important part: Psalm 8:2b.
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 (NIV, emphasis added)
The words of praise our children and infants speak are powerful in ways we can’t even begin to comprehend. Just by being their beautifully crazy selves they are fighting battles against Satan. They fight battles against pride and secrecy, political-correctness and lies. They fight battles for thanksgiving and joy, honesty and transparency, justice and mercy.
And Satan cannot stand against them.
It’s no wonder Jesus told us we wouldn’t enter the Kingdom of God unless we become like little children. (Matthew 18:2-4)
What if we, as those who teach children in whatever capacity God has led us, just shut up long enough to let these precious children teach us a thing or two about God & faith?
What if we let children fight battles against Satan for us through their prayers, thanksgiving, praise and honest wonderings?
What if we learned to fight battles like a child?