Listen, O my people, to my instruction;
Incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings of old,
Which we have heard and known,
And our fathers have told us.
We will not conceal them from their children,
But tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord,
And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.
For He established a testimony in Jacob
And appointed a law in Israel,
Which He commanded our fathers
That they should teach them to their children,
That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born,
That they may arise and tell them to their children,
That they should put their confidence in God
And not forget the works of God,
But keep His commandments,
And not be like their fathers,
A stubborn and rebellious generation,
A generation that did not prepare its heart
And whose spirit was not faithful to God. ~ Psalm 78:1-8
Previous generations, like our own generation, have been unfaithful to God. But they had His commandments and the stories of all He has done for His people throughout history, and they were told to teach their children. All of us have a responsibility to teach the next generation—our own children and all those who come after us—about the Lord. We are to tell them of all He has done for us and teach them to obey His commandments.
Father God, I have not always been faithful to You, but You have always been faithful to me. I will tell the generations after me after Your faithfulness, Your sovereignty, and Your commandments. Help me to be a good witness. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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