Psalm 78: 1-4—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 old what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation.
As my children are now adults, one of my favourite times occurs when we have finished watching a movie or going for a walk. The mood is relaxed and one of our boys will start with “Do you remember when…?”
Stories. They are important to our personal history and culture. As younger people, we may roll our eyes when grandparents start talking about the “good ol’ days”, but they are important as they will tell of the unmined gems of our past and history.
Even better are God-stories which are meant to remind us of how God worked in the past and that he is the same God “yesterday, today, and tomorrow” (Hebrew 13:8). His methods may not be the same, but his character of steadfastness, mercifulness, faithfulness remain unchanged.
The Psalmist encourages us not to hide the stories of our lives and how God intersects in divine ways. It is important to tell our children and our grandchildren the God-stories, the Redeemer-stories that have changed us. We begin to have a better picture of who God is as we hear how His story is woven in the fabric of our own.
What are some ways to keep the stories alive?
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalms 74-75