Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
June 10 Scripture Selection: Psalm 7-8
Food for Thought: Ps. 8:2
The day the Lord Jesus quoted Psalm 8:2 had been quite a big day for Him. He had just made His triumphant entrance to Jerusalem on a donkey that had never been ridden. As He entered, the people cast their clothes and palm branches on the road before Him and shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” Then He went straight into the temple and drove out those who bought and sold, overturning the tables, before healing many blind and lame who went to Him. During all this, the children were crying out, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” which greatly angered the priests and scribes who accusingly asked Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” That is the context in which the Lord responds, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise?” (See Mat. 21:1-16.) Others had praised Him, yet it was the children who had perfected it.
The Lord reveals His truth and greatness to everyone, including even the smallest children. Born with natural “receptors” of God’s presence, their hearts are so tender to receive the unadulterated truth and awareness of Him, and they are entirely uninhibited in their expression of it. Since their revelation of the truth—so simple a child could understand it—would come directly from God Himself, and it would be absolutely absurd for an adult to enter a debate over it with a child, the Lord’s enemies are silenced, as the Psalm promises. (“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame (confound) the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.” I Cor. 1:27)
This is why it is imperative that we encourage the children to converse with the Lord, grow in their faith, and freely express it. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven (Mat. 19:14).” They are born in the Kingdom of God in their innocence. It’s only later that they may be drawn away. But if the adults around them nurture them in their faith, they continue in the Kingdom as they grow and simply affirm Jesus as Lord (Eph. 6:4).
The faith of a child is not just an empty saying, and there’s much we can learn from them. Children can see things that adults do not. They believe unreservedly. And they gladly use their whole being to uninhibitedly express their heart. As adults we should simply cultivate their faith and encourage their expression of it without limitations. That’s perfected praise.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):