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.