Sunday, April 25, 2010

Verse of the Week -- Psalm 78:1-8


Homeschooling is just a part of the picture in our house. We have decided that in order to properly mentor our children in their spiritual lives we needed it to be part of the picture.


But, I still need reminders now and then about why I do what I do day in and day out.


I recently started reading a book recommended by other homeschool moms called When You Rise Up, by R.C. Sproul Jr., another book I had to track down through Inter-Library Loan.

Near the beginning of the book he quotes from Psalm 78 that has great implications for us as parents:

1Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

2I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

3Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

4We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

5For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

6That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:

7That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

8And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.


The rest of Psalm 78 is definitely worth a read, as a powerful reminder of a miraculous intervening God, and a forgetful unfaithful people. I don't want to be numbered among those that forget. I don't want my children to forget.


As a parent I need to retain a multi-generational vision for obedience to Christ. The eternal destination of generations to come rests on this. I need to set my heart right, stay steadily on God's path, live a life of worship and praise.


As always God can accomplish this with or without me, but my responsibility is to faithfully follow, as I bear some responsibility for my kids, and their kids, and the generations that follow.


4We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

6That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:

7That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandment

~Psalm 78:4,6-7~

2 comments:

Amy in Peru said...

amen! I've just been thinking that today... as I was tempted to become disappointed in the ministry I am NOT able to be involved in as a result of homeschooling. Then I remembered... wait, this is what I WANT to do! :) It IS important! ...and so on. and the Lord encouraged my heart with your post :)

amy in peru

6intow said...

Amy, I often need to remind myself of that as well. I never realized before becoming a mom what a ministry I would end up finding inside my home.

Glad you found some encouragement here today!
~Erin