“O God, we have heard it with our own ears—our ancestors have told us of all you did in their day, in days long ago: You drove out the pagan nations by your power and gave all the land to our ancestors. You crushed their enemies and set our ancestors free. They did not conquer the land with their swords; it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory. It was your right hand and strong arm and the blinding light from your face that helped them, for you loved them” (Psalm 44:1-3 NLT).
The psalmists had heard it. All the people had heard it. They had heard it with their own ears. They had heard it all their lives. They had heard it from their ancestors. It had been passed down from generation to generation.
This really connects with us, right? We really need to tell it to the kids. We need to pass it down. We need to make sure future generations know it.
So what exactly is it?
For many of us today the it we have heard from our ancestors is very different from the it passed down to the psalmist.
For many of us today the it we want to pass down to our children is very different from the it the psalmists would tell their children.
For many of us…
The it we tell our children is what we have done.
The it we tell our children is how we have done what we have done.
The it we tell our children is that they should do what we have done the way way we have done what we have done.
But for the psalmists…
The it they heard from their ancestors was about what God had done.
The it they heard from their ancestors was about how God had done what God had done.
The it they would tell their children was that God could be trusted.
Are we telling it to the kids?
What is it we are telling the kids?
I often hear people talk about the kids have rejected God. Before we reach that conclusion, we better take a long hard look at what they have rejected. Could it be that what they have rejected has more to do with us and our ways and less to do with God and God’s ways? And could it be that what is sorely needed right now is a generation that will tell the kids not about themselves and their ways, but about God and God’s ways.
What are we telling the kids?