Psalm 78 is one of my favorites and it details the need to pass our faith on to the next generation. It is a great parenting chapter.
I love verse 4 which tells us to tell 'the generation to come the praises of the Lord and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done."
So, that they "set their hope in God." (verse 7) I love that! We need the next generation to set their hope in God. Otherwise their lives will be "consumed in futility" and filled with fear. (verse 33) We see people like that all around us and we want better than that for our children and their friends!
If we tell the next generation the things God has done our lives, then maybe they will not "limit the Holy One of Israel" (verse 41) from working in their lives!
I was involved in teaching a class for teenage girls last year and one of the projects in our book suggested that they make a "Faith Family Tree" in which, they were supposed to write the story of how their parents came to faith in Christ and their parents- parents, if that applied. Some of the girls weren't really sure how their parents came to faith in Christ.Sometimes we don't think to share our testimony with our own kids. Do yours know about the day that "The Most High became your Redeemer?" (verse 35) : )
Do they know the incredible ways He's intervened in your daily life to "redeem you from the enemy?" (verse 42)
When we can, let's remind them that the God we serve did and does "marvelous things" (verse 12)
The chapter lists some of those marvelous things:
"He divided the sea and caused them (Israelites) to pass through." (verse 13)
"He led them with a cloud " by day and "light of fire" at night. (verse14)
"He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink." (verse 15)
He sent men "angels food" to eat and "rained meat on them." (verse 25 and 27)
Because God "is the same yesterday, today and forever,"
our Sea-Dividing, Rock-Splitting God is still leading, providing and redeeming His people!
Verses 5-7 tell us to make these things known to our children, "that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children. That they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God but keep His commandments."