Happy one-month birthday, little Calvin!
I was at a baby shower last night where my dear friend, Joyce, gave a devotional on Psalm 78:1-7. As I have said, the Word of God is new to me each time I read it, because I am a different person—at a different age and stage in life—than I was the last time. This passage was an example of that.
Reading these verses at this new stage in my life reminded me of the trust given to parents and grandparents; this sacred trust to pass on the Lord’s commands and the testimony given to us, so the next generation “might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children.”
Joyce charged us to open our mouths (v.2); to speak of the Lord in season and out. We must tell of how great and sovereign and powerful and lovely He is. We must tell of the glorious deeds of the Lord and the wonders He has done. Joyce invited us to make Jesus a common household word, a part of our families, not a visitor who we only speak of before meals.
And to what end? This is no formal assignment or soul-less discipline. This is not born of legalism. Instead we utter things we have heard and known so our children, and theirs, and theirs after them should not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments and “set their hope in God.”
1 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
2 I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3 things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.
5 He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children,
6 that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
7 so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments.
[Photo: Kristin Solberg]