Today’s Scripture: Psalm 78:1-39
By: Andy Milliorn
This passage from the book of Psalms opens with words of instruction about the importance of one generation investing in the next – about teaching our children well. Specifically, we are to teach our children to praise the Lord and to tell of the great things He has done. What follows is a brief history of God’s people up to the time of King David and the many ways that God has provided for them.
Of course, at our church, as we approach our 150th anniversary, we are well aware of the many generations that have gone before us and the investments they made that are still bearing fruit today. It is also difficult to hear the word “generation” without thinking of the “Blessing the Generations” campaign we have undertaken in recent years. Our church is still investing in future generations. Praise God!
However, the psalmist is quick to point-out that despite the great and mighty ways God has provided for His people, each new generation seems to forget, only to learn the same lessons over and over again. As a parent, I can relate. I’m investing in my children, telling them of the great things God has done in my life. One day, they will leave home and will take full ownership of their own faith journey. I’m sure they will need to learn a few lessons the hard way too.
Here’s the good news: even though we repeatedly prove to be unworthy of God, He loves us and forgives us anyway. As you reflect on this passage today, thank God for the generations that have gone before you. Reflect on the legacy you are building. Lastly, thank God for not giving up on us, for His mercy, and His forgiveness. He is good, always.