A Season of Psalms - Psalm 78: 4-7
“We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments…”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Shortly after my grandfather died in 2001, his King James Bible from which he preached for 50 years was handed down to me. It’s one of my great treasures, filled with highlighted passages and notes that he had accumulated from 50 years in the pulpit preaching the good news and equipping the next generation for a life of service. I had the privilege of sitting on his knees as he told me the great stories and truths of the Bible. He shared his faith with me, and with the aid of the Holy Spirit, the words of God were planted deep within my heart. I’m grateful. I treasure my faith!
Psalm 78 describes the grace of God versus Israel’s unfaithfulness. Time and again, Israel fell away from God and went their own way, only to cry out and have God restore them. Israel had no faith, and what faith they did have was shaky at best. We have to wonder: was God truly their treasure? If He were, they would not have chased after idols and polluted themselves with idolatry and unfaithfulness. I love this psalm because it inspires future generations to be faithful to the Lord our God and not follow the example of unfaithful Israel. We have the great opportunity to tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord and to pass on our heritage of faith. The question is, will we? In Judges 2, we see that the generation after Joshua did not know the Lord or the great things He had done for Israel, and the result was idolatry, unfaithfulness, and the spread of rampant evil in Israel. They abandoned God…because they didn’t know Him. They hadn’t been told.
Tony Evans: “Don’t just leave something to your children; leave something in them.” What will we leave in them? We have a great story to tell. Let’s not hold back, but let’s tell our children and grandchildren about the God in whom we can trust and place our hope. He is absolutely worthy, worthy of worship and praise!
Further Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1-9; 2 Timothy 1:5-14
Pray with me:
Father, as the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after You. You alone are my heart’s desire, and I long to worship You. You alone are my strength, my shield; To You alone may my spirit yield. I yield to you today; make me a bold witness of your kingdom, and open my heart to share Your greatness and majesty to future generations so that they may know that we serve a mighty God! In the name of Jesus, we pray, Amen.