Reading: Psalm 78: 1-4 and 12-16
Verse Four: We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.
Today’s Psalm is about remembering and retelling. It is about remembering the times of God’s presence and activity in the past and retelling it to others. The Israelites are very good at doing this. It keeps reminding them over and over of both God’s love and their status as the chosen people of God. Remembering and retelling keeps them intimately connected to God and His love.
As Christians, we also are called to remember and retell. We are first called to tell the good news of Jesus Christ. The Great Commission charges all believers to tell of Jesus to all nations. In doing do we help people to connect to the Savior. In telling the story we also remind ourselves of how Jesus saves, loves, forgives, … each of us. This personal story is the second calling we have to remember and retell.
Each of us has our own personal faith story. It is the story of how Jesus Christ makes a difference in our lives. It is the story of how Jesus is better – better than any other god we can chase after, be it money or power or some other religion. It is the story of how Jesus walks with us through the joys and the trials, lifting us up at times and carrying us at others. It is a deeply personal story because Jesus is a deeply personal Savior. And it is a story that others need to hear. We remember and retell our faith story so that others can see how the good news of Jesus Christ can be good news to them as well.
So what is your faith story? Why Jesus? Just as the Israelites pledged to “tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord”, we too are called to follow the same. Jesus put it this way: “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). May we go and tell all we meet of our faith in the only one who can save.