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You have built a stronghold by the songs of babies.
Strength rises up
With the chorus of singing children.
This kind of praise
Has the power to shut Satan’s mouth.
Childlike worship will silence
The madness of those who oppose you. Psalms 8:2 [Passion Translation]

The Passion Translation has an insightful comment at this verse:

There may be a vast difference between the glory of the heavens and the little mouths of children and babies, yet by both the majestic name of the Lord is revealed. It is amazing that perfected praises do not rise to God from the cherubim or seraphim, but from the children and babies, the weakest of humanity.

I don’t know that I can add anything else to that, it’s a magnificent truth that they’ve highlighted.

 

“Then children were brought to Him so He might put His hands on them and pray. But the disciples rebuked them. Then Jesus said, “Leave the children alone, and don’t try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this.”” (Matthew 19:13–15 HCSB)

Two things Jesus teaches us here:

1.  Children are worth our time.  The disciples did not know this, so they tried to shoo the children away.  Jesus instructs them not to keep them away.  It is worth his time to bless them.

2.  Children are a metaphor for how we must come to Christ.  Humble, innocent, faith-filled.

  Mark 10:14-15 (HCSB)

When Jesus saw it, He was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me. Don’t stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

     Where the HCSB has “welcome” the ESV has “receive.”  I kind of like welcome better because it resonates with what our experience is with little children.  They welcome people or things with unabashed joy and anticipation, with open arms, with no guile or hidden motives, and with great excitement.  We would do well to examine the depth of what our Lord says here because, as he points out, if we do not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child, we will never enter it.
Expositor’s Bible Commentary – The point of comparison is not so much the innocence and humility of children (for children are not invariable either innocent or humble) it is rather the fact that children are unself-conscious, receptive, and content to be dependent on others’ care and bounty; it is in such a spirit that the kingdom must be “received”—it is a gift of God, and not an achievement on the part of man; it must be simply accepted, inasmuch as it can never be deserved. (Rawlinson, p. 137)