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Out of the Lips of Children

October 01, 2012
By Laura Eisenga
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Last Thursday, I attended chapel at Sunnyside Christian School. When they put “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” on the overhead projector, I wondered how many K-8 students would know this old hymn. I was surprised and blessed when I heard their young voices behind me, singing with gusto those beautiful words:

What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!

Mrs. Martinez, who was leading that chapel, also must have been blessed by the singing, because when the song was finished, she whispered into the microphone, “Beautiful!”

And it was simply that: beautiful.

A long time ago, Jesus was healing the blind and the lame in the temple. The teachers of the law “saw the wonderful things He did.” But when they heard the children praising Jesus, the Pharisees “were indignant.” They were angry, up in arms, and offended. They asked Jesus, “Don’t you hear what these children are saying?”

And Jesus replies with this, “Yes, have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise’?”

The reference Jesus is talking about is from Psalm 8:2, which says, “Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.”
Why has God used the mouths of children and infants to call forth His praise? How are those children’s words powerful enough to establish a stronghold against enemies?

Because their praises are simply beautiful. Those young voices remind us of the innocence of our youth.

When we didn’t worry about money, marriage, and meetings.
When we didn’t notice nicer cars, cuter clothes, and different skin colors.
When we remembered these wise words from our parents, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all.”

Remember that people are listening to what you say. Remember that your children are listening to what you say. Remember that Jesus hears what you say, whether it’s what you tell your best friend, what you write on Facebook, or what you whisper to yourself in the car. Let’s be mindful to be more praiseworthy.