Memory Monday: The Praise of Children (Psalm 8:1-2)

I sit with my cup of tea, my Bible open in my lap. My to-do list sits forgotten at my side. I read words I've read dozens of times before, and I am struck speechless by what I read. It's as if the words are new, as if I've never read them before.

LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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

(Psalm 8:1-2)

The praise of children silences Your enemies and Satan. How did I miss this? Why have I never seen this before?

You don't need swords. You don't need armies. You only need a child whispering Philippians 4:13 before a test, a toddler singing "Jesus Loves Me," or a teenager pouring out his soul to You to defeat Satan.

And I, I, am charged with raising up members of this precious army. You have given me two beautiful souls to direct to you. And I am overwhelmed. Who am I to be trusted with such a precious gift and such a weighty responsibility?

And then you remind me. I am not alone. You are walking beside me, giving me everything I need to raise these precious warriors for you. You remind me that every word of praise that slips through their lips is a victory for you. And I am humbled that You care. I am humbled that You love me. I am humbled that You trust me with two of your most prized gifts.

So, together, we will praise You. Together we will beat back Satan with words of praise.

And every time one of my children thanks You, every time one of them recognizes your glory, every time one of them asks you for help, I will be reminded that their words are defeating Satan -- and that only you could use the precious praise of children to accomplish that.

Linking up today with These Five of Mine Plus Two , Working Kansas Homemaker and The Better Mom.