Psalm 78:4–8 (ESV)
4We will not hide 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.  5He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children,
6that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, 7so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; 8and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.

In Psalm 78, Asaph speaks of an awesome and weighty responsibility that rested upon his shoulders, AND it is one that rests upon ours! As a father, as a mother, as a leader, and as a believer we MUST transfer something to the next generation, so that they “set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.” So that the next generation doesn’t become like Israel’s forefathers who died in the wilderness or like the Ephraimites “who turned back on the day of battle.”

The fathers were commanded to teach their children God’s deeds, “His might, and the wonders He has done.” He gave them the law, and He gave them a testimony. And all they had to do was share it ALL with the next generation. We share His laws and the principles we must live by. We share what He has done in the lives of those in the Bible. We share the gospel message and how He has saved us from sin, BUT what about His might and wonders. What about his glorious deeds? This blog is not a demand for God to do miracles, but more so a demand for us to see the glorious deeds He is doing all around us in this present day. It’s when the Word becomes more than just doctrine and rules. It’s when we see it as alive and working daily in our lives. It’s when religion becomes relational. And it’s when the God of Israel, who is the God of the believer, becomes the Living God of our children, in whom they place their hope!

Israel’s forefathers in the wilderness never saw God’s glorious deeds. They forgot them. They never appreciated them. They royally missed it…all of it...most of it! They didn’t see the plagues in Egypt or the parting of the Red Sea. Oh, they were definitely there, but they just missed that part. They never saw the water come from the rock or manna from heaven. They t-o-t-a-l-l-y missed it. But God didn’t, and they were held accountable for what they missed and how they responded to Him because of all that they had missed. How can we share with the next generation what we have never truly seen or known? We must share His glorious deeds, His might, His wonders, His testimony established in us, and His law so that the next generation may know.

What is God doing in my life right now that I might be blind to? Lord, don’t let me miss you. Lord, give me eyes to see and ears to hear what is in your Word AND what your Word is doing in my life, that I may FULLY share of your goodness to my children and to the world.

by Marc Stern

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