I. Tell His deeds vv.1-4
Psalm 78:1-8 (HCSB) My people, hear my instruction; listen to what I say. I will declare wise sayings; I will speak mysteries from the past–things we have heard and known and that our fathers have passed down to us. We must not hide them from their children, but must tell a future generation the praises of the LORD, His might, and the wonderful works He has performed. He established a testimony in Jacob and set up a law in Israel, which He commanded our fathers to teach to their children so that a future generation–children yet to be born–might know. They were to rise and tell their children so that they might put their confidence in God and not forget God’s works, but keep His commandments. Then they would not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not loyal and whose spirit was not faithful to God.
A. seeing/explaining God’s fingerprints
B. reviewing history – world, church, personal
C. helping the kids know what to look for
D. pointing out where God’s power has prevailed
II. Teach His laws vv.5-7
A. given for the purpose of being passed on
i. God didn’t intend His plan for a society to end with Moses
B. teaching is not optional; cf. Deu_6:6-9
C. normal part of “family heritage” to convey to the next generation
D. to provide a true hope for the next generation – not in the law but in God
USA – 46 million abortions, since 1973 – #28 out of 206 nations
Worldwide – 50 million abortions per year, UN estimate; at that rate since 1973: 1.75 billion (ahead of China by 400 million)
Worldwide – 1 million deaths by suicide per year, more than from war and violent crime
III. Turn the tide v.8
A. break the cycle
i. not like their fathers
ii. “teach them to your children and your grandchildren” Deu_4:9
B. not repeat the mistakes of previous generations
i. stubbornness (obedient)
ii. rebellion (submissive)
iii. fickleness (steadfast)
iv. disloyalty (faithful)
IV. Trumpet the Gospel
We …must tell a future generation the praises of the LORD, His might, and the wonderful works He has performed.
A. a true Gospel includes both Law and grace Exo_34:6-7
(ESV) The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness,keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.”
B. we must not compromise Isa_5:20
(NKJV) Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
C. we must offer hope
i. deliverance from sin Rom_4:7-8
(HCSB) How happy those whose lawless acts are forgiven and whose sins are covered! How happy the man whom the Lord will never charge with sin!
ii. freedom from guilt Rom_8:1-2
(HCSB) Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
iii. peace with God Rom_5:1
(HCSB) Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
iv. rest for our souls Mat_11:28-30
(ESV) Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”