Ps.8:1,2 – LORD, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
You who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! From the mouths of infants and nursing babies You have established strength.
Obviously, the Lord’s ways are not our ways. Man tries to get his point across with a display of his own power or greatness. The Lord cloaks His power in weakness. In this verse, the Lord hides His power in the praises of children. Only those with eyes to see could ever see God’s power and majesty in the song of a child. Augustine tells the story of how God’s glory was revealed to him in the song of a child. He overheard some children singing a Bible verse and the glory of God opened his eyes. One of the greatest voices in church history was converted through the weakness of a child. Charles Spurgeon gave a powerful quote from George Whitfield in his commentary on this verse.
“Whitfield says, “I cannot help adding that several little boys and girls, who were fond of sitting round me on the pulpit while I preached, and handed to me people’s notes—though they were often pelted with eggs, dirt, & c., thrown at me—never once gave way; but on the contrary, every time I was struck, turned up their little weeping eyes, and seemed to wish they could receive the blows for me. God make them, in their growing years, great and living martyrs for him who, out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, perfects praise!” He who delights in the songs of angels is pleased to honor himself in the eyes of his enemies by the praises of little children. What a contrast between the glory above the heavens, and the mouths of babes and sucklings! yet by both the name of God is made excellent.”
In Whitfield’s story we see children with eyes wide open standing against the strength of the world attacking Christ. This is exactly what happened at the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem; the Pharisees accused and threatened as the children worship. The Lord Himself responded by quoting Psalms 8, “Do You hear what these children are saying?” And Jesus *said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘FROM THE MOUTHS OF INFANTS AND NURSING BABIES YOU HAVE PREPARED PRAISE FOR YOURSELF’?”
Today, the world still threatens and bullies God’s children. Those with eyes wide open are unaffected. They have seen His glory and will not be stopped from their praises.