Psalms for Troubled Times – Psalm 78

Tell the Children

“Maschil of Asaph.
Give ear, O my people, to my law: 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 hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.”

A very simple thought today about the importance of including our children in our dealings with God; of sharing with them and others how our God has heard and answered prayer.

This time of crisis is a perfect time to do this. We have a prayer board at home on which we are writing up the names of all we hear about to pray for, and over the past two weeks the Lord in his grace has answered again and again: Avia, Becky, Mark, David, Malcolm, Freda have all come through, and we continue to pray for others. Some, like Mark & Malcolm have been in intensive care, and for Malcolm, I heard the medical staff call it ‘a miracle’.

Truly, we can hope in God. Let us ensure we tell the generation to come that they too hope in God, praise His name, and keep His commandments.

The rest of this lengthy psalm sets out some of the history of God’s dealings with Israel, their failures but God’s faithfulness. There’s an interesting link with John 6 in verse 19-22. I’ll let you discover that for yourself.

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