As I read Psalm 145 this morning I kept thinking of the amazing privilege that we have as parents to tell God’s story to our children. We know that it is our responsibility before God to do so, but how are we doing that?
Go to Psalm 145 and meditate on it. Isn’t it a great psalm that teaches us how are we to tell our children about God’s wondrous works? This Psalm is a song of joy, of victory, of praise. I cannot imagine the Psalmist telling his children about the kingdom of God with a monotonous tone and making of that time the most boring of the day.
Consider for example, how would we speak to our children about “the might of God’s awesome deeds” (v.6)? Do we get excited when we “pour forth the fame of His abundant goodness” (v.7)? Do we sing aloud in the car, in the kitchen, at church of his righteousness (v.7)?
When we tell them the good news that “the Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love,” when we tell them that “He is good to all, and his mercy is over all He has made” (v.8-9), do we get excited? Or do we repeat those amazing truths as something that is already known by all Christians?
I get so excited (and so very grateful!) when I read that God wants me to “speak of the glory of his kingdom and of His power to my children” (v.10-12). Oh, what an amazing privilege! I don’t want to miss that opportunity! God has appointed us, parents, to make known to our children His mighty deeds (v. 11-12), all of them, those in the Bible, those in our lives, those in Church history, those in the community where He has placed us.
I want to tell my children over and over again that God’s Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom. That the gift of growing up in the Covenant is a treasure, a privilege, a gift like no other. That throughout all generations His dominion endures. Oh, to tell them a thousand times “how faithful our God is in all his words and how kind He is in all his works! (v.13).
When the trials come I want to encourage them with God’s word, I want to be ready to tell them how “the Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.” When times of hunger come, I want to encourage them with the Scriptures and remind them that He “gives food in due season,” and that He is extremely generous and opens His hand and delights in satisfying the desires of those who fear him (v.15-16, 19).
What a privilege it is to be able to tell them that “the Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth!” To share the gospel with the children that God gave me over the family table, in the car, in the porch is a delightful command from God. Isn’t it amazing that God has purposed that from this mouth that many times speaks ungraceful words shall come the most amazing news! Oh, to be the one that tells them that “the Lord preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.” I want to be ready. I don’t want to miss any of the opportunities that I have been given every day to do so.
Under His Sun and by Grace,