From Everyday Psalms
From the mouths of babes and infants
you have raised a fortress,
a defense to silence your enemies and avengers.
It is easy to read this verse as a mere sentimental statement about how much God loves children. But here the psalmist is using an extreme paradox to illustrate God’s power and God’s ability to wield power everywhere. In Israel’s society, babes and infants were not only physically weak and helpless, their social standing was zero, since their future was not assured, given the high mortality rate. Yet God can use even them to build up a defense, and can vanquish enemies through them. How often do we think we are too insignificant or helpless to be a source for God’s power in the world? Not so!
we all are weak and lowly before you.
Let me, your child,
show forth your reign in the world.
LIVING THE PRAYER
Today I will be confident that God has chosen me to conquer whatever works against the divine will.
Who are the “zero status” people in our world? The world at large? How is God’s power being displayed through them? Through me?
THE NEW TESTAMENT SINGS
If you humble yourself, as this child, then you shall be greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.