Teach them the commands of God. She told of God’s faithfulness to them while my Dad was in seminary, and she was making very little money as a secretary. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. She rarely, if ever, complained about these losses of independence and graciously accepted whatever came her way including broken bones, weeks in rehabilitation, and eventually the inability to swallow. We need to share with our children the wonderful things God has done. In the book of Deuteronomy God commanded the people through Moses, “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. What was their problem? “Listen closely — why? One of the saddest verses in Psalm 78 is verse 9: “The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle.” (Psalm 78:9) Wouldn’t it be great if each generation improved over the previous one? You are permitted and encouraged to reproduce and distribute this message provided that you do not alter the wording in any way and that you do not charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. It is about seeing that the next generation knows that God is good. We can hide in Christ! What does the Psalm say we can teach the next generation? Nurture your child in the mighty works of God, and they will not soon forget them. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. We will not hide them from their children, showing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he has done. What are we supposed to teach our children? Don’t hide it from them. You will notice we even have a number of young people who serve on our worship team. Verses 34-38 provide a good summary: Whenever God slew them, they would seek him; they eagerly turned to him again. Demonstrate to your children what it means to trust God in all areas of life. These were many of her favorite times and we have hundreds of picture to document these times. I was able to say to her in her weakness, “Yes love, we’re fragile, aren’t we?”, Me: “But who isn’t fragile, baby? Imagine someone finding a letter after their parents died that read, “My dear child, I have left you a great inheritance but first you must find my will. You see, God has commanded us to teach our children. She always lived these truths. It’s interesting that this Psalm begins Israel’s history with God’s deliverance of Israel from Egypt. But he didn’t leave it there. Let us tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord. Now we must not hide them from their children.”. Asaph was both a prophet (1 Chronicles 25:2) and a poet. She told of God’s provision during the many years of ministry- balancing pastoring and parenting…His financial provision, His emotional provision, His provision of wisdom for each situation both in church and at home. Share with them examples from Scripture. It’s a lot harder than it looks, as a number of the relay teams at the Olympics this summer could tell you. There is a battle going on for the spiritual lives of our children. Find a place where you can connect with and encourage children to see God’s goodness. These words were written in purple pen in the margin of her Bible, in that familiar cursive, next to Psalm 78:2-7, “Tell the next generation!”, I will utter hidden things, things from of old—, 4 We will not hide them from their descendants;m. 6 so the next generation would know them. Our children are one of our most precious resources. By Ray Fowler. We are motivated by the love of God. Look at verse 4: “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.” (Psalm 78:4) Notice the threefold phrase Asaph uses to describe this: the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. Today I am incredibly thankful for the godly men and women in my children’s lives who intentionally connect with them and encourage them to see God’s goodness. And so the children in the church really are “our children.” We all share the responsibility tot ell the next generation about the Lord. 4 We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders. with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known That’s one of the reasons why we have so many ministries for kids here – things like Sunday School, Children’s Church, VBS, kids’ activities, youth group, and why we encourage our young people to participate and serve where they can. So what is Asaph getting at here? B. He is our safe place and, when we come to Him in faith for forgiveness, He frees us from our bondage, from the penalty for sin, and from our fear of death. In fact, the gospel of Matthew later quotes this very verse from Psalm 78 as pointing towards Jesus’ teaching ministry (Matt 13:34). What a glorious hope we have in our God, the One who guides us beyond death! Asaph lists three benefits in verse seven which we may expect our children will reap. What parent would hide his children’s inheritance from them? “Tell the next generation!”  Many hours were spent, in both formal sharing of her faith, as well as informal living it out, to her own children, grandchildren, and great children. Asaph says, “We will not neglect to share with our children what we have learned.