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“1 To the Chief Musician. On the instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David. O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! 2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7 All sheep and oxen– Even the beasts of the field, 8 The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!”
I awoke at 4am this morning very troubled in my spirit about all that is going on and what is coming upon the earth and the persecution of the churches in America and thinking on the return of the Lord. As I sat wondering about the troubles of my heart, God directed me to Psalm 8. As always, I responded to Him, “oh I know Psalm 8.” In other words, I didn’t think it could help me. But, I know by now that I must read it anyway because there really is something there that I either missed or need to be reminded of it.
Since I was upset about the vulnerability of the Church and the hell that is about to break out in the world and has started already –like the red horse of Revelation is already out of the barn and beginning to take peace from the earth and unleashing violence and murder worldwide— I was drawn to verse 2, and comforted in its stability and power. Through it I was reminded of our authority in Christ’s name to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all manner of evil (Luke 10:19), and that no weapon formed against us will prosper, and that the gates of hell will not prevail against us (Isaiah 54:17).
Verse two of Psalm 8 is incredibly aligned with 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 and really conveys it in living color, “27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence.” For indeed, how can it be that God through nursing babies has established His power? How can it be that through infants who gurgle and coo and whimper and cry and barely put words together much less a sentence, silence the enemies and avengers? How can God obtain victory through such weak little beings who are completely dependent?
The Christians taking a stand against tyranny and evil in America are such babes as these. The mayors are against them. The city councils are against them. The governors are against them. The masked masses are against them. The fearful are against them. The protestors are against them. The lower courts are against them. The high courts are against them. The Supreme Court is against them. Even other so-called, fellow Christians and pastors are against Christians and pastors who are taking a stand and assembling together in spite of intense and ever intensifying opposition. They even call the authorities on their fellow ministers who are meeting, thinking they are doing God a favor. Like Daniel was betrayed by those with whom he worked, even so, these are betrayed by those called friend. These vilified, misunderstood, and persecuted Christians are truly these babes, these nursing infants of Psalm 8:2, the foolish ones of the world, the despised of the world, but these are also those who shame the wise, who bring to nothing those who think they are something, who through their innocence and childlike faith, silence the enemy and the avenger. They bring to rest the foul harassment of evil. They prevail against the gates of hell. Their words fell the giant. Their simple faith, like the faith of Daniel, closes the mouths of the lions (Daniel 6).
Even as the Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 3:9b-12, “…the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.” This is what Psalm 8 is talking about!! Through the babes and infants of the Church, God has made known His manifold wisdom, and in so doing, has shamed them! And in this, the Lord has crowned us with glory and honor!!
Also, as one more point of interest, at least to me, is that at the beginning of Psalm 8 David says this was on the instrument of Gath. The city of Gath was where Goliath lived. It is powerful to note that the chief musician plays this piece, which is all about God defeating evil through helpless infants, on an instrument from Goliath’s town. As I recall, David himself in 1 Samuel 17 was depicted as someone young and inexperienced in war, and yet while all the seasoned men of war huddled in fear, hiding in their tents, he marched out in the strength of the Lord and slew the giant!!! Hallelujah!!!!
Furthermore, remember that it is through our words, out of the “mouths of babes and infants” that God establishes His strength and silences the enemy and the avenger. Thus, no matter how powerless we feel when we pray, do it anyway. For the words you speak as a child of the living God are powerful, even to the pulling down of strongholds. So, do not remain silent. Do not be intimidated by praying aloud. Pray. Pray again. And pray all the louder. For our words, no matter how simple or baby-like, are silencing evil!!! Indeed, unless we become like little children with child-like faith, we will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3).
So, dear Christian reader, stand firm. Do not become weary in well doing. Do not be intimidated by the Goliaths and Leviathans and giants in the land of this world, even though they’re HUGE and formidable and very real. It’s not about how big you are nor about what your title is nor about how educated you are nor about how experienced you are! Thank God for this!!! Rather, it is all about how BIG God is, how GREAT God is, how AWESOME and how MAJESTIC and EXCELLENT God’s name is in all the earth!!! Our Father God is on our side. And when God is for us, who can be against us? We have been given authority in Jesus’ name. We have power in Jesus’ name. At the name of Jesus every demon has to flee. In the name of Jesus every knee will bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!!! There is still power in the blood of the Lamb, even devil busting power. And though it is easy to think of our problems here in America as political or financial, the very real issue is and always has been spiritual. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood!!! So, fear not. Get your armor on and stand in the strength of the Lord, for the battle belongs to the Lord!
After reading Psalm 8 and doing some warfare prayer and some standing in the gap for American pastors who are taking a stand, all fear and questions melted away, I finally fell into a wonderful early morning sleep. May you too be blessed and inspired by this testimony, may you remember who you are in Christ, and may you stay armored up for the days are evil. And yes, Jesus’ return in NEAR!
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