Archive for May, 2007

How does God do battle?

Psalm 8:2 reads:

“Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.”

On Sunday mornings this spring I have been making an attempt at communicating the need to move beyond duty-driven discipleship to pleasure-driven discipleship. John Piper calls this “Christian Hedonism,” the belief that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. I love this concept. I think it is a vital component that has often been missing in our churches. I hope God is overcoming my feeble attempts at communicating this message and is beginning a subtle revolution in the paradigm in which we view our relationship with God.

This morning as I was delivering a brief devotional thought to help encourage this process I came across this verse in Psalm 8 in the TNIV. I was blown away as it caused me to asked the question, “What does God use to defeat His enemies?” You can read the answer for yourself, but it’s the praise of children and infants! What a perfect concept! Certainly the praise of infants and children is vastly different than that of us adults. Unfortunately, unless we recapture for ourselves the childlike quality of praise, we will continue to offer God praise that is too often manufactured, forced and duty-driven. I don’t believe God draws much glory from that type of praise. Is it really praise at all. You see, for me, the praise we are after is captured by the image below of my newly born child:

mollyremi.jpg

The praise expressed in this picture is one of wide-eyed wonderment. It is the unforced expression that results from the natural high of one’s surroundings. It’s what happens when we take the time to let our environment speak to us of the things of God…who He is and what He has done for us…and once we have done that we are taken aback by what we see. Our only recourse is to let our jaws drop a bit and open our eyes as wide as possible and declare the praises of Him who has given us these good and perfect gifts (whatever that might be at the moment).

Lord, help my expressions of praise to be a better imitation of that of children and infants. I want my life to be one of your strongholds against the enemy. Thank you for showing me today that the way you wish to do this is through the real, childlike expressions of my heart. You are awesome…truly awesome.

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