Tell the Next Generation
Submitted by: Gordon Gooderham
How good it is to be back in the house of the Lord. The song of the Hebrew worshippers comes to mind each week, “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go up to the house of the LORD.’” (Psalm 122:1). For many of those pilgrims, it was a journey of several days and nights, and many miles of walking. They sang as they travelled, and this raised their sense of the greatness of God, their creator, redeemer, provider. It united all who joined the caravan, building them as one company in faith, hope and love. It strengthened their commitment to the journey, and confidence in God’s presence and care in the challenges of the trek. It brought them to the mountain-top of Zion, singing “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.” (Psalm 134:2)
One of the great pleasures I experience as the Church gathers each Sunday, is seeing families coming together. Mom and dad and their children taking their place to worship God and celebrate with the greater Christian family. I am particularly blessed by the presence of young children who require the care of waking, feeding, washing, dressing to be ready to travel. I commend you as parents for fulfilling this responsibility in the nurture of your family. And I offer a “high five” to each teenager who chooses to attend and give service to the Lord as we worship. Thank you.
The second longest of the Psalms, 78, emphasizes the importance of the spiritual care of our children (vv1-7). “O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old – what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from our children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. He decreed statutes for for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but keep his commands.”
This weekly responsibility achieves a double purpose. It leads your children to a personal faith and walk with our Lord, and it ensures the future life of the Church body and witness. Don’t grow weary in well doing, mom and dad. Your kids need to be here, and we ‘olde folks’ need them here. See you next Sunday!