Tell Them

Week 27: Tell Them

Today’s Text: Psalm 78-80

Key Text: Psalm 78:1-8

My people, hear my teaching;

   listen to the words of my mouth.

I will open my mouth with a parable;

   I will utter hidden things, things from of old—

things we have heard and known,

   things our ancestors have told us.

We will not hide them from their descendants;

   we will tell the next generation

the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,

   his power, and the wonders he has done.

He decreed statutes for Jacob

   and established the law in Israel,

which he commanded our ancestors

   to teach their children,

so the next generation would know them,

   even the children yet to be born,

   and they in turn would tell their children.

Then they would put their trust in God

   and would not forget his deeds

   but would keep his commands.

They would not be like their ancestors—

   a stubborn and rebellious generation,

whose hearts were not loyal to God,

   whose spirits were not faithful to him.

 

Faith, and the practice of it, can sometimes feel like a very complicated matter.

No wonder the Psalmist feels compelled to speak of uttering “dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known,” but perhaps have not always understood.

Difficult or not however, it falls to each generation to carefully, prayerfully study what has lovingly and faithfully been passed down to us.

It falls to us to tell them – the next generation – what we have known, what we have always known, and what we will always know – about God and our relationship with Him.

Times change, people change, culture changes, but God remains the same.

We must tell them – the next generation, and the one after that, and the one after….

We must tell them how important it is to be true to their faith as they come to understand and appreciate it.

It isn’t always easy – but it is a sacred responsibility.

Tell them – about God and His love.

 

 

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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