Dear Church family,
The prayer we here at First Presbyterian are praying for 2018 comes from Psalm 8. The entire text of the psalm can be found at the end of this devotional but, for today, I would like to focus on the phrase, “Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.”

While the language is rather convoluted, what this verse is simply saying is that God can quiet his enemies with something even as seemingly weak and ineffectual as the babble of babies. And who is the enemy that God can defeat with children’s voices? The word here is reminiscent of the chaos at creation. So, even chaos is nothing for God to defeat. By his power, even a baby can do it.

I have been thinking about this a lot over the last few days. I don’t know about you but I can feel overwhelmed by the problems of this world. Which is such an understatement. For goodness sake, I can feel overwhelmed by the problems of my friends and family, much less the world! It so often feels as if chaos wins. This week, I ask that we focus on this image Psalm 8 gives us: chaos is nothing compared to God, his power, and his work. In the face of God, chaos doesn’t stand a chance. Even a baby’s babblings can silence its havoc.

With this image on our minds and moving to our hearts, chaos doesn’t get such a prominent place anymore. Let’s give it less power because chaos does not control this world or our lives; God does. May God be a bulwark for you this day against the enemy of chaos.

In Christ’s name,
Tasha

Psalm 8
O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!