Sermon preached on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at Garden Valley Chapel during our morning worship service based on Psalm 78:1-8.
Turn in your Bible, if you will, to the seventy-eighth chapter of the book of Psalms - Psalms seventy-eight.
I invite you to stand in the reading of God´s Word. Read Psalm 78:1-8.
This probing psalm is known as an instructive psalm. It tells a story with its various flashbacks into Israel´s history, and all along its aim is to instruct the people of God - thus an instructive psalm.
That is just the nature of history; it is meant to instruct. It is also called a teaching psalm. It´s didactic in nature.
There is much to learn from this psalm and I believe it will probe all of us gathered here today.
I also believe this psalm to be pivotal to our church´s history. That is to say we are at the brink of a new season in this church´s history and I believe it is important to remind us all of what we are to pass on to the next generation. This is both our privilege and responsibility to be carried out.
Our prayer is that far better men will arise in the next generation who will "tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done" (v. 4).
Men can you taste it? If the Lord allows, for us to see our children teach these things to their children "that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born" (v. 5). Oh for such a day! I want to see such a day. God grant us days that we may see such wondrous fruit!
As Spurgeon wrote -
"God pays back with interest in the next generation. Where the children of the righteous are not godly, there must be some reason for it in parental neglect, or some other guilty cause."
May the Lord keep us from any parental neglect and cause us to remember our duty, our task, our calling as parents.
A Maskil of Asaph.
78:1 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
2 I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3 things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.
4 We 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.
5 He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children,
6 that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
7 so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;
8 and 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. (ESV)
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