Praise from Infants

Ericka Loynes

Read: Matthew 21:9-11, 14-16

Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise. (v. 16)

Growing up, “Jesus rallies” were among my favorite experiences in church. At these gatherings a leader would pose a question, “Who should you praise?” and the congregation always answered with “Jesus!” One Sunday, we arrived at church to find that a fiery four-year-old boy was chosen to lead, resulting in a moment we would never forget. “Who woke you up this morning?” he asked. “Jesus!” we replied. “Who healed your body?” he asked. “Jesus!” we replied. “Who gave you cereal this morning?” he asked. The sanctuary filled with laughter. Clearly, this boy knew the smallest provision is worthy of praise. “Jesus!” we replied.

This may have resembled Jesus’ triumphal entry into the temple in Jerusalem. A crowd is outside shouting praises, and children are inside of the temple crying out in praise. Then Jesus begins healing the blind and lame who enter the temple. The celebration is just chaos to the chief priests, but Jesus responds with words from Psalm 8:2. “Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise” (v. 16).

Children have an ability to express love and gratitude freely that is often lost as they age. To our detriment, we can act as if the expression “Children should be seen and not heard” is one of the Ten Commandments! In Psalm 34, David reminds believers to bless the Lord at all times. Who are we to judge (or stop) the praise of children? —Ericka Loynes

As you pray, give God praise.