“Listen, O my people, to my instruction; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done. For He established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers, that they should teach them to their children, that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments, and not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not prepare its heart, and whose spirit was not faithful to God.” ~ Psalm 78:1-8
Are you telling your children and grandchildren about Jesus? Do they know about their heavenly Father, Who loves them so much that He willingly sent His Son to willingly die to pay for their sins, and to bring them redemption and new life?
Have you told them of the great and wondrous works God has done in your life? How He has provided for needs and worked miracles, just for you?
Let’s make sure we are telling of the wonders our God has done! Let’s make sure the future generations hear and have the opportunity to know Him like we do! Let’s make sure we are remembering for our own sake!
Otherwise, we are prone to wander away, lose fellowship with God, and arouse His anger…
“They did not keep the covenant of God, and refused to walk in His law; and they forgot His deeds, and His miracles that He had shown them.” ~ Psalm 78:10-11
The children of Israel saw the signs and wonders God wrought in the land of Egypt. They saw the Red Sea parted as dry land. They ate the manna, “the bread of angels” (Psalm 78:25). Yet they soon forgot the amazing things their God had done for them.
“For their heart was not steadfast toward Him, nor were they faithful in His covenant. But He, being compassionate, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them; and often He restrained His anger, and did not arouse all His wrath. Thus He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and does not return.” ~ Psalm 78:37-39
Thankfully, God is “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;” ~ Exodus 33:6b
He loves His children, all of us, and cares for us like a shepherd tending his flock. And though Israel rejected God, time and time again, He still faithfully loved and cared for them. And He does the same for us!
“He also chose David His servant, and took him from the sheepfolds; from the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him, to shepherd Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance. So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them with his skillful hands.” ~ Psalm 78:70-72
May we always remember the great things God has done, and to God be the glory! Now let’s go tell it on the mountain. And in our family rooms. And at our dining tables. 🙂