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Passing the torch of faith!

Scripture reading for June 19th: Psalms 78-83

Oh how I long to see the next generations know the Lord!  I am burdened for my children and grandchildren!  They are living in a world that is growing increasingly cold and hostile to faith in God.  Humanistic ideas permeate the school systems.  Families are fragmented and many church people are lukewarm or cold in their knowledge of God and His Word.  Families are so busy that they often neglect their spiritual growth to pursue work, sports, entertainment or success.  Priorities are out of order and problems in our culture spiral out of control.

Asaph, the worship leader who served David, had a similar desire expressed in Psalm 78.  He began with a plea for his people to hear his teaching and the words of his mouth.  Parables were stories from common life that would help understand spiritual truths.  The key was to teach the children by telling the parables and stories to the next generation.  The next generation would then, in turn, tell them to their children and repeat this process from generation to generation. (Psalm 78:4-6)  The purpose of telling the stories was to encourage each generation to put their trust in the Lord.  They would remember the works that the Lord had performed and would learn God’s commands in order to obey them and walk by faith.

Asaph stated that the children were not to do as the fathers had done.  They heard and even experienced the stories, yet forgot God.  (Psalm 78:8)  They were a stubborn and rebellious generation.  They did not keep God’s commands or stay loyal to Him.  They saw the miracles but still sinned against God and He  judged them for their rebellion.  These were the stories that were to be repeated each generation.  Those with ears to hear could learn and be blessed!

Have we as parents learned the stories and applied them to our lives?   Have we set a good example as parents by obeying and living by faith?  We ourselves must do what the Word of God declares if we want results!  God promises to work through the parables to bring wisdom and understanding for life and godliness!

“We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power, and the wonders He has done.” Psalm 78:4

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