by Kathleen Whitten
Psalm 78, written thousands of years ago, tells us today that in order for upcoming generations to hold onto the truth and know and honor God’s infallible Word, we must “Tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His Power and the wonders He has done!” (Psalm 78:4b)
Sometimes my family likes to go get ice cream after dinner. On the way home, we pass house after house full of people watching television. We’ve come to realize that the hours families used to spend talking and interacting are now spent watching television.
Don’t panic. This is not a meditation on the evils of TV – our daughter has enough videos and DVD’s to stock a G-rated Blockbuster. The point is this – the scriptures tell us that if we want our children and our children’s children to keep God’s Word, then we need to take the time to tell them about what he has done in our lives.
Tell them about the miracles in your family. Tell them about God’s demonstration of power in your own life. Tell them of the special blessings He has given you– big and small. Children (even adult children) are enthralled to hear about the times God personally intervened in the lives of someone they know.
Consider starting a family blessing book that can be passed down from generation to generation. Write “the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power, and the wonders He has done” in your life and in the lives of others in your family. You will begin to notice all the wonderful things God does for you on a daily basis.
And someday...a little person in the future...maybe with your mother’s eyes, your quirky sense of humor, your son’s personality and your granddaughter’s smile might hear your family stories of God’s goodness and silently think, “Look what God has done for my family. I want to belong to Him!”
“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, His power, and the wonders He has done... so the next generation would know...even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget His deeds but would keep His commands.” (Psalm 78:4b,6-7)
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