Psalm 78 teaches us to share the wonders of God with the next generation. It reminds me of Deuteronomy 6 in which God instructs the Israelites teach their children daily of God’s law and faithfulness and his ways. What God has done is worth sharing with everyone…
4 We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
5b he commanded our ancestors
to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.
When we give testimony, that is share of God’s works and hand in our own lives, then others may know the God whom they have not known. By hearing of God’s works in our lives, others may choose to follow Jesus and come to experience his blessings first hand.
This applies to our children and also to our neighbours and friends. God has changed my life by giving me purpose, a calling to serve him, a church in which to build family and give of my time, and a family to care for and lead. My life would be completely different if I did not know Jesus. I was headed down a path of self-centred destruction before I knew the Lord.
His power and wonders were at work – are at work – in my life to show that God is faithful and loving and gracious and forgiving and enabling and empowering and enlightening. And I need to share this – not hide it – from the next generation.
May God put the story of his power on our lips to share with everyone who will listen.