Psalm 78:1-8 (NIV)
1 My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old— 3 things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us. 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. 5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which 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. 8 They would not be like their ancestors— a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.
Today, my Windows login has a wonderful picture of the remnant of the G29 supernova. One of the great things about astronomy is that it gives a whole new understanding of myself in my truly enormous world.
And here I am sitting in the twenty-first century, hearing God’s praiseworthy deeds and commands that have been passed down to me over thousands of years. Hundreds of generations of God’s faithful people have taught them, written them down, protected them, passed them on, translated them, and spoken them out – from one generation to the next – all the way down to me. Sometimes it’s good to be humbled by how small my part of what God is doing is. But as small as my part is, God does give me a part passing it on to the next generation and on to generations that have not yet been born. And that small part is important.
Verse 7 says that the key to not forgetting and to obeying, is to put my trust in God. Romans 12:1-2 tells me that the key to understanding is embracing God’s renewal of my mind. And his Spirit in my life is the key to being a faithful witness (Acts 1:8). The relationship between God and his people is so important to him that he works in partnership with us to pass his story on.
Lord, thank you for all those faithful people working in partnership with you who passed your story down to me. I’m amazed and a little scared that you’ve given me a part to play in passing it on. I want to speak your power and wonder and faithfulness and grace out today. Please take the lead in my life today, so that my mouth will be filled with your truth and your grace, especially to my children. And please transform their minds and hearts and lives to receive it as you intend.
Written by David Cornell
(You can read the rest of this Psalm at Bible Gateway.)