“I will utter hidden things of old which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, telling to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done…which He commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children; that the generation to come might know them, the children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments;”
Do I tell my children of the good the Lord has done? Do I point to His providence and give Him the glory for the things we enjoy? To the degree that it becomes imprinted on their hearts so they will purpose to tell it to their children? Do I teach my children with a fervency that reaches my grandchildren?
“Marvelous things He did in the sight of their fathers in the land of Egypt…but they sinned even more against Him by rebelling against the Most High. And they tested God in their heart by asking for the food of their fancy. Yes, they spoke against God: they said, ‘Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?’
Therefore, the Lord heard this and was furious…anger came up against Israel, because they did not believe in God, and did not trust in His salvation.”
Oh the Word that pierces my heart! How many times have I doubted the salvation of the Lord? How many times have I complained and wanted more, though His provisions were evident? How many times has He sent manna and I demanded steak?
How many times have I not believed He is able, though He has proven His power again and again?
Why have I walked in the footsteps of our fathers? Those rebellious and stiff-necked people, ungrateful and provoking the Lord to anger.
How often have I passed down to my children NOT the power of the Lord’s salvation, but a complaining spirit that fears tomorrow when He has provided manna for today? (Remember how the Lord rebuked Israel for attempting to gather for tomorrow?)
May I walk in newness of faith–that sweet, blissful place where my heart soars in peace and anticipation of great things He is doing because I know of the great things He has done!