Tag: Psalms 78-83

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 and thinking permeates the school systems.  Families are fragmented and many church people are luke warm or cold in their understanding and knowledge of God and His Word.  Families are so busy that they often neglect their spiritual growth to pursue work, sports, entertainment or success.

Asaph, the worship leader who served David, began with a plea for his people to hear his teaching.  Asaph gave the plan of passing on these teachings.  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 to walk by faith.

Asaph emphasized that the children were not to do as the fathers had done.  They heard and experienced the stories, yet many forgot God.  (Psalm 78:8)  They were a stubborn and rebellious generation that did not keep God’s commands or stay loyal to Him.  They saw the miracles but still sinned against God and He judged them.  These stories were to be repeated each generation.  They were given to instruct those with ears to hear and open hearts!

Where are we failing today in passing the torch?  Could it be that we do not teach the stories to our children? Have we as parents learned the stories and applied them to our lives?   Have we set a good example by obeying God and living by faith?  We must do what the Word of God declares if it is to have the desired effect!  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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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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Restore Us, O God!

Scripture reading for June 19th: Psalms 78-83

“Restore us, O God; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.” (Psalm 80:3,7,19)

The psalmist begins by addressing God as the “Shepherd of Israel”.  (Psalm 80:1)  It is interesting that a shepherd is one of the metaphors used to help the Israelites understand God’s relationship to them.  Lots of the leaders of Israel were shepherds and understood what it meant to care for sheep.  Included in this group were Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and David.  Sheep were easily led astray and distracted.  They needed a watchful shepherd to keep an eye on them.  Sheep were easy prey for predators and could quickly be cornered and devoured by wolves or lions for a tasty meal.

The psalmist appeals to God to “make His face shine on them”.  God’s smile and watchful eye was a comfort to those who were under His care.  The Aaronic blessing found in Numbers 6:24-27 was spoken over the Israelites as a covenant blessing reminder of God’s smiling face.  It is God’s presence that brings us confidence and peace in the presence of enemies. God’s smile tells us of His love and mercy and brings hope.

Since sheep are defenseless, they need saving.  The cry for salvation is for the protection from enemies, but goes further than that.  Sheep sometimes turn away from their shepherd and are their own enemy.  They need saved from themselves and their tendency to wander.

“Let your hand rest on the man at your right hand, the son of man you have raised up for yourself.  They will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name.” (Psalm 80:17-18)

The psalmist appeals to God for salvation to come through a “son of man” that God would raise up.  This man was at the Father’s right hand.  This could be none other than Jesus Christ!  He is now seated at God’s right hand and is interceding for us.  God raised Him from the dead, that we might be revived to eternal life from our dead state!  All who call on His name, the Name of Jesus, will be saved!  No one who calls on Him will ever be ashamed!  This Jesus is the “Good Shepherd” who can smile on us for eternity and restore us to right relation to God!

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Passing the torch of faith!

Scripture reading for June 18th: 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 and thinking permeates the school systems.  Families are fragmented and many church people are luke warm or cold in their understanding and 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.  We need a revival of spiritual life!  We need to pass the torch of faith!

Asaph, the worship leader who served David, wrote about this desire in Psalm 78.  He began with a plea for his people to hear his teaching and the words of his mouth.  He spoke in parables and uttered hidden things, things from of old.  These were things that were taught by the fathers in an age past but were not then being taught.  God often used stories.   Jesus, himself, taught in parables.  Parables are stories from common life that help us to understand spiritual truths if we have open hearts.  Ears that hear do not just mean ears that function.  They must also hear and comprehend.

Asaph gave the plan of passing on these teachings.  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.  God judged them for their rebellion.  These were the stories that were to be repeated each generation.  They were given to instruct those with ears to hear!

Where are we failing today in passing the torch?  Could it be that we do not teach the stories to our children? 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 it is to have the desired effect!  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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