By Patrick Hawthorne
O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! 2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger. (Psalms 8:1-2 NKJV)
My pastor has begun a really interesting sermon series on the importance of praise. One of the verses that he uses is Psalms 8:2. “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You (God) have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that you may silence the enemy and the avenger. (Parenthesis mine.)
You might be thinking, “What does a verse about babes and nursing infants have to do with praise?” Better yet, how does this verse apply to me and my current situation where I feel the attacks of the enemy at every turn? My comment is, “Everything.”
The word for strength used in the context of this verse is the word, praise. We know this to be because Jesus spoke this very psalm in Matthew 21:16, “Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants, You have perfected praise…” Therefore in Psalms 8:2, it would not be incorrect to replace the word, ‘Strength’ with the word, ‘Praise.’
“Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained PRAISE, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.”
This is truly awesome. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much that He has given us, His children, the weapon of praise to silence those things that would try to come against us in order to remove our focus from Him. Take note, though. God made the way. It is up to us to choose the path.
Is depression attacking you? Praise your way out of it. Are your loved ones going down a path that leads to destruction? Praise the Lord for what He is doing behind the scenes that you can’t see. Is the devil attacking your mind, filling you with fear, doubt, or un-Godly desires? Praise the Lord in the midst of the storm and trials.
“Oh, Lord… See how they are attacking me. Please do something!” That is not praise; that is whining.
“But, I don’t feel like praising God.” That is when you need to praise Him the most.
Praise was not instituted by God as a way to satisfy His ego. No, praise is a gift given to us whereby we can shut down the voice of the enemy and set them on the run. Satan has no power over the born again child of God other than his voice. If he can get us to believe his lies, he has won. However, once we begin praising our Heavenly Father, the devils voice is silenced and God’s strength rises up in us.
Religion will tell you that praise should be quiet and restrained. To that, I say, “Ain’t no walls gonna come down without a little “oomph” behind that sledge hammer.” The devil is not intimidated by some weak knee half-heart praise; he knows there is no power behind it. But I tell you what… You get to praising God for His goodness, mercy, and grace. You begin thanking Him for the joy and peace in your life and for the victory He has given you over all His enemies, then the devil will have no choice but to run. It is up to you. Be miserable or be set free. Be blessed.