From the Lips of Children
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. (Psalm 8:1,2)
Astronomers claim that there are one hundred billion galaxies and that each galaxy has more than one hundred billion stars.
How great must be the one who made all of this! How powerful the one who controls all of this! How wise the one who has named all of these stars!
How foolish the person who denies the existence of this Creator and Ruler! How ungrateful the one who refuses to thank and praise the LORD of lords, and King of kings!
Hosanna! shouted the Palm Sunday crowds. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! But not all were happy to see him. “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” came the command of the Pharisees. But he would not. Instead, he replied: “If they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 21:39,40).
And why would they not? Wind and wave obeyed his voice. Galaxies were formed at his command. Nature knows its Creator. Nature obeys its Ruler. The very stones would shout out his praise if foolish humans would not.
But not all humans were foolish. The palm branches and the cloaks covering his path testified to the faith of those who saw him as the Promised One. Walking toward Emmaus, two of them later admitted, “But we had hoped the he was the one who was going to redeem Israel (Luke 24:21). Good Friday had dashed their Palm Sunday hope. But now it was Easter. Now faith would be fanned into flame.
Nature knew what mankind did not—and it was ready to praise him. Children knew what adults would forget—and their voices echoed in the halls of the Temple: “Hosanna to the Son of David!
Again Jesus was rebuked. Again he rejected the rebuke. This time he challenged, “Have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise?’” (Matthew 21:15,16)
The quote was from the book of the Prophet Isaiah. From Isaiah’s words we learn the reason why the stars, and the stones, and the children would call out the praises of this descendant of King David, who had come from Galilee to die in Jerusalem.
These voices would shout down the lies of Satan and dismiss the death threat of hell.
Jesus of Nazareth was the fulfillment of God’s promise to King David that, “Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever” (II Samuel 7:16).
Down through the ages the forever kingdom of God has been recognized, and the praise of the Savior has been called out.
Even today small children learn to say, “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory.” They say the words with boldness. They say the words with Palm Sunday faith.
And we are glad to join them.
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Lord Jesus, we marvel at the mystery of how nature listens to your voice, and responds to your touch. We learn from that. We learn as well from those small ones , who with a child’s faith, speak boldly of truths you have revealed. Give us such a faith. Keep us in your forever kingdom.
Written by Pastor Paul Ziemer, WELS National Civilian Chaplain
and Liaison to the Military, Cape Coral, Florida
Provided by WELS Ministry to the Military