Psalm 78:5 “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.”
The first 7 verses emphasis the significance of teaching our children the ways of God: both His deeds and His word. Verse 6 reveals that by doing this we will impact our families to the 4th generation, to our great grandchildren. The rest of the psalm goes on to describe the consequences in failing to do this. Over and over again Israel turned away from God only to come into bondage and a need for deliverance. The pathway to God is difficult and hard when we are left to our own devices. Many a time parents have said I am letting my children make up their own mind about faith and God. This sounds progressive but how can they do that if they don’t know anything about Him?
Romans 10 states: “"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (13,14) We owe it to our children to teach them of the mighty works of our Lord, of His mercy and His grace. This practice is like a double-edged sword. For teaching and sharing the miracles He has done for us reminds us of His unfailing love and goodness to us. It reminds us that as things press in all around us He will deliver us. It’s His testimony of His goodness to us. If we don’t, we will become like the men of Ephraim. “They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them.” (Verse 11)
At the end of the psalm the author reveals the key for the people to remain steadfast towards God. The key is the king, David, who rules with integrity of heart. A definition of integrity is a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. Out of David’s heart he acted with consistency in all that he did.
So it is today for us. We are the kings of our families. We are the ones entrusted with these little children. God says they are a gift from Him. Will we fail to teach them well His ways and His word? Will we let it slip through the busyness of life?
The consequences are inevitable if we don’t.
Prayer: “Father, help me to reminisce over the great things you have done for me. Let me overflow with joy from your goodness unto others: my family, my friends, my community. I desire to walk in integrity before You in Jesus’ name.”