Despite all of the influences in a child’s life, the overwhelming influencer of any child is his or her parents. Study after study confirms this fact. As we open Psalm 78, the first eight verses beg the question, “What are you passing on to your children?” Are they more or less likely to follow the Lord in all their ways based on the way you live?
Although God clearly commanded His people to pass on His Law to the next generation (5–7, see also Deut. 6), they failed to do so. This telling and re-telling of God’s wisdom and rule led to the Psalmist’s declaration of his ancestors, “a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him.”
Verses 9–31 tell an abbreviated story of God’s faithfulness and Israel’s repeated rebellion. This leads to the Psalmists conclusion found in verse 32, “In spite of all this (God’s faithfulness), they kept on sinning; in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.” This statement is an incrimination on the parents of each generation who failed to share the good news of God’s love. Although God has continually proved Himself faithful, He received only lip service from his people—lies lacking a heart of loyalty and faithfulness (36–37).
As you consider this Psalm today, ask yourself, “Is my walk with Christ both visible and attractive to my children (or those around me)?” Also you might ask, “In what ways has God proven Himself faithful in my life that I can tell others about?” Romans 2:4 says, “God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance.” As you share stories of God’s faithfulness, He can use that to draw people to Himself. May it never be said of us that, “In spite of [what God has done], they kept on sinning…”
By: Tyler Short — Connections Ministry Associate