The Example We Live-Psalm 78:1-8

Psalm 78:1-8 O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old — 3 what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. 5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, 6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. 7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. 8 They would not be like their forefathers — a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.”

Salmo 78:1-8 Ascolta, popolo mio, il mio insegnamento; porgete orecchio alle parole della mia bocca! 2 Io aprirò la mia bocca per esprimere parabole, esporrò i misteri dei tempi antichi . 3 Quel che abbiamo udito e conosciuto, e che i nostri padri ci hanno raccontato, 4 non lo nasconderemo ai loro figli; diremo alla generazione futura le lodi del SIGNORE, la sua potenza e le meraviglie che egli ha operate. 5 Egli stabilì una testimonianza in Giacobbe, istituì una legge in Israele e ordinò ai nostri padri di farle conoscere ai loro figli, 6 perché fossero note alla generazione futura, ai figli che sarebbero nati. Questi le avrebbero così raccontate ai loro figli, 7 perché ponessero in Dio la loro speranza e non dimenticassero le opere di Dio, ma osservassero i suoi comandamenti. 8 Tutto ciò per non essere come i loro padri, una generazione ostinata e ribelle, una generazione dal cuore incostante, il cui spirito non fu fedele a Dio.

     Each generation hands their history down to the next generation. Whether we like it or not, we are shaped by it over the years. Your spiritual legacy is also a part of this. What we do and how we live matters. Therefore, it is vital that we teach and live a life that gives testimony to our faith. The next generation sees whether we are genuine or not. It is absolutely important that the generation that follows us has the same encounter with God that we have. 

     Here Asaph, the Psalmist, pleads with his generation to keep the Law and not rebel or forget God’s works like some have. What things is he telling them to pass on to the next generation? God’s deeds, power and the wonders He has done (v. 4) and His faithfulness and law He established (v. 5); all these things need to be taught so the next generation will know them. 

     The way we live out our spirituality before others can’t be overstated. Here are a few practical examples: If you don’t pray, don’t expect others to have a heart to pray. If you aren’t faithful to God’s house, don’t expect others to think that it is important. If you don’t have a desire to know His Word, don’t expect others to want to know it. Your legacy matters.

Pray with me: Lord, the example I show to others is a testimony as to what I consider important. Help me to remember the responsibility I have to teach by word and example the things God has done for me and will do for others.

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