Reading: Psalm 78: 1-7
Verse Four: “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord.”
Today’s Psalm is all about the story of God and His children. The whole Psalm speaks of God’s love and compassion for the people regardless of their wanderings and stumbles. It is a reminder that it is God who remains constant in our covenant relationship. God is faithful even as we rebel. As we read the opening of Psalm 78, we are reminded why we need to stay in touch with our history with God. The psalmist begins with this proclamation: “O my people, hear my teaching”. We do this many ways.
We remember through personal and corporate study and worship. We remember as we take time to reflect on God’s provision and blessing as we lift our prayers of thanks and praise. As we do these things, God’s love and compassion seep a little deeper still into who we are and how we live out our lives. We remember, we connect, we are shaped.
Verse four begins our role as story tellers of the faith. It begins with, “We will not hide them from our children”. We will instead live out the love and compassion of God in our daily lives. The verse continues, “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord”. To many this speaks of Sunday school. Yes and no. What we teach our children about God must begin at home. If we model God as the central focus of our personal lives, so too will our children. If we joyously head off to church each Sunday, so too will our children. We model God’s love and compassion by how we live it out in our lives. We model faith by how visible it is in our lives. We model Christ’s love to the world by being His hands and feet each day.
The psalmist goes on to write, “then they would put their trust in God”. It is my hope and prayer for all children. May it be yours as well. As we live out this day, may our love of God pour forth in all we think, say, and do. May God’s compassion for all if His children be evident in our compassion for all of His children. May it be so this day and every day. Amen.