Psalm 8 is one that I remember fairly well. In fact when I read the first verse, I can always hear Sandy Patty singing the song of nearly the same name. Even as I type this out, I am singing within \”Rejoice and Praise Your Name, Rejoice and Magnify your Name, Prince of Peace, Mighty God, O Lord our God Almighty!\”
There are some great things that we can see pointed out here for us in this Psalm of David. Firstly lets remember that this was most likely written during a time when he was out guarding the flock of Jesse in the field; maybe even a day or more away. He is at least taking into view a bigger picture based on where he is looking up from the earth to the sky. So here is something that I see:
Verse 2 says \”Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.\” (KJV)
What is David saying? I believe that he is saying to us that there is power in our mouths from the very beginning of our lives.
One word of interest in this verse, is the word \”mouths\”. One Lexicon says that the word means, \” to cleave in pieces, break into pieces, shatter; a. (Hiphil) to cleave in pieces, dash to pieces\”; another says,\”A primitive root; to puff, that is, blow away: – scatter into corners.\” It would appear even here that the mouth is a pretty powerful thing.
Another word (really not a word but rather a phrase) is, \”ordained strength\”. Ordained, according to Lexical aids, means \”to set, establish; to found\”. It gives us the picture of foundation or the formative place upon which buildings, structures, ideological platforms,etc. are built or framed. The word Strength in this phrase means, \”strength in various applications (force, security, majesty, praise); it finds its root in a word which means \”to prevail\”. Jesus uses the word word \”praise\” in the New Testament, when speaking to the Pharisees during his Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem at Passover. A very powerful word indeed, when you look at the picture being painted by David and quoted by Jesus in that moment!
Since context is very important, lets look at the verses which surround this scripture. What is David considering? He begins with God\’s Glory which is above the heavens, and moves on to taking in and focusing on the smallness of man, yet the importance of man. God in in his infinite wisdom and power, sets man (lowly and not very special in David\’s eyes) above the angels in lines of authority and purpose. David is literally saying with awe in his heart and mind, \”Here you are God having made the heavens and the heaven of heavens, the earth, the sea and all that in them is, and with all this power and might being displayed, you should be over your creation in total power and supremacy, yet you have given us charge over it?\” The trust, the companionship, the intimacy, the accountability, the Grace, the favor! What an amazing role to be the caretaker of God\’s things! David is in awe that we who have been created by God, not only bear his name in us as the created, but we also get to carry His Name as a badge and symbol of authority!
So let\’s put this in perspective….
God had a purpose and a plan. He created us, placing his name upon us, but also giving his Name to us as an authority for overseeing his creation. On top of that, he gave us a mouth in which he created a foundation of strength and power to \”scatter into corners\” through PRAISE the enemy(ies) of creation and Gods purpose for creation; which is to give HIM Glory. DAVID RECOGNIZES THAT OUR MOUTHS CAN EITHER PRAISE AND SCATTER , OR CAN BEMOAN AND WELCOME THE ENEMY INTO OUR LIVES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.
We have the ability as God\’s people to bring destruction upon the head of the enemy through praise and to still the avenger (a word which means one who holds a grudge). Our mouths were established to bring healing and wholeness in the Spirit and in the Natural between one another.
When Jesus was rolling through the streets of Jerusalem on a colt of a donkey, he hears praise raised. The Pharisees are upset with it and attempt to stop it, but Jesus says this is what their original intent was. To Praise and bring down the enemy. IN fact when you think about it, the Praising that was going on in the streets served as confirmation in the mind of Jesus, not only that there was a people that needed saving, but that in the heavens through the power of the mouth, the enemy was being defeated! No Wonder Jesus had no problem with it! It declared Physically and Spiritually, that Jesus purpose to die and rise again was the right and just purpose that God had purposed for Him to do!
Even now when we praise, it serves notice to the enemy that his reign in our lives is FINISHED! Come to think of it, if your mouth is filled with praise, perhaps there is less time to stir division and more time to bring healing to the grudge holders; there for sure would be more Victory over the enemy….js