From Rachael Bailes
A few months ago I was reading a Bible story to my 5 year old daughter, Elizabeth. Afterwards, she asked me if my parents told me these stories when I was a little girl. I told her that they did, and she sat quietly for a moment. Then she looked up at me with big eyes and with excitement in her voice she proclaimed, “When I have kids I can tell them the stories, and then they can tell their kids, and then they can tell their kids! It will keep going and going!”
Elizabeth is already grasping an important truth about the Christian life – that we must remember! Today’s reading of Psalm 78 gives a history of Israel forgetting the Lord – being unbelieving and rebellious. They forget His provision, forget His goodness, forget how He saved them, forget His miraculous power, forget what He has done for them, and there are consequences for that.
I am reminded of Deuteronomy 6:4-9, which communicates the seriousness with which we should take remembering. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
The Lord knows us. He knows that we need to remind each other and ourselves who He is and what He has done for us, so that we not be like the rebellious generations of Israel described in Psalm 78. As we gather together on Sunday, at neighborhood groups, with our friends and in our families – let’s tell the stories and sing the songs – and as Elizabeth says, then “it will keep going and going”!