God Can Use Even You | Psalm 8:2
2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
Just as stunning as knowing the name of God (v. 1) is being used by Him! Often, we feel inferior, being intimidated by believers who seem more mature or educated in the faith. We may feel that our knowledge or holiness is too lacking for God to use. Of course, we should use such insights as opportunities to seek the Lord for continued growing graces. Even so, understand that the Lord often uses us despite what we bring to the table.
God speaks through the young. This verse obviously refer to the very young (cf. 1 Kgs 3:21)—how we as Christians start our spiritual lives. Jesus said in Matthew 18:3 that we must repent, becoming like children—that we must be born again (Jn 3:3). We’ll learn to walk all over again as we grow on the milk of God’s Word (1 Pt 2:2). The crowds crying “Hosanna!” may not yet espouse a perfect systematic theology, but Jesus said their words were this kind of God-honoring praise (Mt 21:16). If the Lord can communicate through a speechless animal (Nm 22:28), He can through us.
God strengthens the young. God gives these newborns more strength than their “mature” enemies. Consider the Lord working through baby Moses in the bulrushes or the holy infant lying in a feeding trough on Christmas morn. As Eph 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” We can stand against the enemy because the indwelling Lord is greater (1 Jn 4:4).
God glorifies Himself through the young. The point isn’t what we can be in Him, but what He can do through us. So that He would receive the glory alone, God uses the weak and foolish—even children—to shame the wise and strong (1 Cor 1:26–29). As such, the Lord can and will use you for service, dear believer; but always remember that your boasting is only in the Lord (v. 31).