The Praise of the Weakest Christian
Psalm 8:2 amazes me:
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
I’ve heard young children worship. It’s not that impressive. It reminds me of Ian Morgan Cron’s description of a primary school concert as the music teacher entered the room:
The audience exploded into applause as our conductor and teacher, Mr. Martin, walked in. Parents regard band teachers with a combination of awe and respect, the way you might a war hero. How could any human being spend eight hours per day enduring the acoustic violence created by fifty children playing their instrument all at once?..In the hands of the untalented, a clarinet is a lethal weapon. There are states that allow the sale of automatic weapons but ban the use of clarinets at school concerts. (Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir…of Sorts
I’ve been there. The sounds that come from primary school kids are anything but melodious. Babies and infants are even worse.
So what David says is shocking. If you lined up Hitchens, Dawkins, and all the famous atheists on one side, and worshiping infants on the other, David says that the worshiping kids win every time. God chooses to use the weak and pathetic worship of his people as the means of triumphing his most powerful enemies.
The praise of the weakest Christian is stronger than all the strength of God’s most powerful enemies.
Psalm 8:2 amazes me.