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Living Life

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  • February 2018
2018. 2. 21 | Tell the Next Generation (Psalm 78:1~8)         Speakers Stephen Cha

1 Psalm 78 A maskil of Asaph. 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.

 

 

Reflection

Telling the Testimony (78:1–5)

In the first five verses of this psalm, Asaph expresses his commitment to take up the God-given responsibility of telling the next generation about His deeds, power, and wonders. In the days of Israel’s forefathers, they were not to keep the record of His mighty acts to themselves. Instead, God commanded His people to make His deeds known to the next generation. The transmission of these testimonies is important to God. Knowing that Israel’s ancestors experienced God’s great deeds, the present generation is commanded to speak compellingly of His works to those coming after them. Likewise, we should not keep our own testimonies hidden away. We should not hesitate to share how we have seen God’s hand working in our lives.

 

When have you seen God’s hand at work in your life? With whom can you share your testimony today?

 

The Purpose of Testimony (78:6–8)

There is an intended purpose behind the transmission of testimonies in Israel. Previous generations were stubborn and rebellious; they forgot God’s deeds and did not keep His commands. God therefore commands His people to share their testimonies as a way to nurture their faith in Him and foster obedience to His commands. God desires future generations to know of His works, and as a result, be marked by steadfast faith. When we testify of God’s work to the next generation, we invest in their faith. God uses our testimonies to draw people to Himself and nurture the faith and obedience of His people.

 

What might happen if you never share your testimony? How can your testimony help sow the seeds of the Gospel in the hearts of younger generations?

 

A letter to God 

Father, thank you for giving me a testimony to share. I am grateful for the evidence of Your faithfulness in my life. Help me to faithfully testify of Your goodness in ways that magnify You. May my testimony be used to draw many to faith in the Gospel. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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