“…things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. We will not hid them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonders that He has done.” – Psalm 78:3-4 [ESV]

It is no secret to anyone that knows me that I am a huge sports fan. It's incredible to watch and cheer on a team using their God-given abilities to combine strategy with physical skill that make a difficult game look easy! One of my unexpected joys as a parent has been to teach and enjoy sports with my kids (even when their favorite baseball team wins a World Series and mine has not…looking at you, Texas Rangers!)

As much fun as it is to play sports with my children and teach them the joys and lessons they can learn from them, our passage today reminds us what our primary goal needs to be with our coming generation. John Calvin wrote, “It is the will of God that these things should be published from age to age without interruption; so that being transmitted from father to child in each family, they might reach even the last family of man.”

As believing parents, the primary responsibility for teaching the truth about God falls to us (Deut. 6:4-9; Eph. 6:4). In Psalm 78, Asaph poetically gives us three answers as to why we should do this. First, so that our coming generation will have the knowledge of God (vs. 6). Second, that they might put their hope in God (vs. 7). Lastly, that our children might obey God (vs. 7).

What an incredible responsibility and humbling opportunity God has given us: to educate and teach this coming generation in the knowledge of God, true hope in Him, and obedience to Him and His Word! I am forever thankful for the many teachers and family members that have so graciously poured God-honoring and Biblical truth into the lives of my children, but I am reminded where the ultimate responsibility is placed.

May God give us strength and wisdom in this task. May He "set a guard over my mouth" to speak truth (Ps. 141:3), "to speak of all His wonderful deeds" (Ps. 9:1), and to faithfully tell of Jesus Christ and the “joy that was set before Him” (Heb. 12:2) for our eternal hope and His glory (Rom. 5:1-2).

Further Study
•Psalm 71:18•Joel 1:2-3•2 Timothy 3:16-17

by Eric Adams, Deacon Vice Chairman

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