Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger. Psalm 8:2
It is easy to think you need to do something important for God. If you focus on how much He has done for you, you can start to feel indebted. If you think about His greatness, you can focus on trying to do something that will reflect that greatness. If you wonder at how much He loves you, you can set your sights on returning it in kind.
The problem, of course, is that God does not demand, nor can we provide, a like return for anything He is or does. That is what makes Him God, the Holy One, not like us.
He has a calling for us, something for us to become and work for us to do. But it is not the same as His calling and His work. Our calling is found in humility and our work in the activity of children.
Our text for today is from a psalm of David in which he wonders at the glory of God. Our verse follows the more famous text, “Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.” Our text is also the text cited by Jesus in the story of the triumphal entry (see Matthew 21:16), when He refuses the demands of the leaders to silence the announcement of His messianic arrival.
On that day, children waved palm branches and shouted for joy. That sounds like about our speed. We can do that, yes? Remember, God never asks you to be great. He calls you to live with childlike faith, childlike joy, and childlike obedience. Let’s lift our branches and voices today, and become what we were always called to be, children of God.