January 5

Lips of Children

Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

The lips of children lift up the greatness of God in praise and adoration. Children don’t know any better than to believe God and take Him at His word. They are trusting and pure in their devotion. In Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, children embraced His coronation. They shouted “Hosanna in the highest.” Humility praises Jesus, but pride is silent. Humility invites Jesus, but pride is threatened by Jesus. Humility wants to sit in His lap, but pride rejects His affection.
Children live in a constant state of dependence. They depend on their parents for food, clothing, and shelter. Children look to their parents to teach them about God and religion. Parents are a plethora of resources for their children. Boys and girls depend on Mom and Dad for understanding what they do well and how they can best excel. Parents are a warehouse of wisdom for their offspring. Wise children learn from and depend on their parents. They’re dependent.

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).

Our relationship with God is no different. We’re His children in desperate need of His direction. We may spurn His discipline at times, but we come back because we know He’s what we need. We need His wisdom. We need His forgiveness. We need His comfort, love, and hope. We need His patience to work effectively with people. We need His security found in Christ. We need His courage in crisis. We need His grace in the middle of criticism. We need His humility to defeat our pride.
Children are the conscience of adults. They remind us of our dependence on Jesus. We’re but a grain of sand on the seashore of humanity. Jesus is Lord of all, and we serve and worship Him alone. The lips of children naturally lift up the glory of God. And we do so supernaturally by the Holy Spirit’s power. We cannot keep quiet because of His lavish love and abundant grace. It’s in our childlike faith that God reveals Himself. We’re God’s child; therefore we praise Him!

“Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children’” (Luke 10:21).

Takeaway: What is childlike faith? Why is childlike faith required for daily trust in God?

Related Readings
Matthew 17:20; 19:14-15; 21:5; 1 Corinthians 1:26-29; 1 Peter 2:2

By Rev. Michael Mayer

Lutheran Pastor of two small Lutheran Churches in rural SW Ontario.