Lead Them Down the Old Roads

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Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;

incline your ears to the words of my mouth!

I will open my mouth in a parable;

I will utter dark sayings from of old,

things that we have heard and known,

that our fathers have told us.

We will not hide them from their children,

but tell to the coming generation

the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might,

and the wonders that he has done.

– Psalm 78:1-4

Parents, grandparents, teachers, pastors, and every believer – you have been called forth from and to follow the old truths, the ancient wisdom, the Word of God.  But even more than that, you are called to lead the following generations down those same roads.  Eternity is at stake.  Faithfulness to the gospel to which you were called is on the line.  The hearts of your children and those around you, your grandchildren, and of generations to come need to hear the wonderful words of hope, love, and redemption.  The psalmist proclaims the result of this:

He established a testimony in Jacob

and appointed a law in Israel,

which he commanded our fathers

to teach to their children,

that the next generation might know them,

the children yet unborn,

and arise and tell them to their children,

so that they should set their hope in God

and not forget the works of God,

but keep his commandments;

and that they should not be like their fathers,

a stubborn and rebellious generation,

a generation whose heart was not steadfast,

whose spirit was not faithful to God. (v 5-8)

Your children and those generations to come will follow something: will it be the the old roads of God’s faithful story leading to glory, or will we allow them to go their own way, the world’s way, leading them to destruction?

HT: Tim Challies

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