Scripture Read: Psalm 77, 78 (Watch the weekend message “Generations” here)
Key Verse: Psalm 78:4
“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...”
Asaph had written Psalm 78 to put emphasis on telling the generations of the works of God. It’s a great overview of God’s faithfulness to His people. He knows how important it is to tell the coming generations about the deeds of the Lord & all the 1st steps taken up until the coming of Jesus. Without the books handed down from generation to generation, so much would have gotten lost and I probably wouldn’t be writing.
I can remember sitting in my grandfather’s presence listening to his stories over & over again throughout my 25 years with him. I remember the stories of, “When I went to school, I had to walk 5 miles, uphill… both ways, in 10 ft of snow,” and when he served in the war, when bread was a nickel & how he had to share a bedroom with his 8 brothers & sisters. He was on mission to tell me his story every chance he had so that someone would remember his life & the world as it once was. On the other hand, I had a grandfather in my 20 years who never shared his past because of various reasons, but now, his legacy is lost…
Asaph understands the importance of pouring into our generations with the word of God. If we carry the attitude, that I once had, of ‘youth today are full of issues, they’re ungrateful, spoiled, etc,’ we will loose the importance of generational teaching by becoming selfish & hypocritical. I’ve learned that I do not know everything. It took 23 years, but at the ripe old age of 27 :-), I have learned I do not know everything, but the knowledge I do possess should be poured into the boys & girls who are not as fortunate as I was & did not have the luxury of being taught simple things like: who Jesus is, how to read the Bible, self respect, having a work ethic & respecting your elders.
It’s all about the younger generation because when you are gone, they will still be here. And as long as the return of Jesus has not yet happened, everyone deserves to know who He is so that they may be saved as well. Heaven does not have a maximum occupancy. It’s time to put down our judgments and teach those who we may feel are un-teachable. After all, we are called to plant the seed and plant the seed only.
Thank you Lord for keeping your people strong and for keeping your words alive throughout the generations! I feel blessed to be in a country where we can speak of You freely, teach about You freely & praise You immensely! I pray for those who do not know you; may someone on your path plant the seed inside their heart so that they may know your Word. I pray for those who have a hard time relating to the youth today & know it’s only their job to teach your words & not their own. Bring wisdom to those working with our youth & I pray that a new generation of Christ followers will rise up and bring glory to You! I pray for bold prayers to be prayed so that we may take those that do not know you & show them your mercy, grace & love. Thank you for showing us who You are and for loving us enough to save us…Amen.
By Sandy 217staff team