Next Generation

  1. We’ve seen several phrases in Psalm 144 in other psalms. Some new phrases come at the end. In fact, one is a verse I use to pray for the youth.
  2. Verse 12: May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown.
  3. I pray that in their youth they would be “mature plants,” producing fruit. I pray for kids to come to Christ, be filled with the Spirit to be given the power to be witnesses, and to be brought into ministry. If they have the Spirit in them, they have the capacity to love like Jesus and serve others with His love, producing lasting, reproducing fruit. If that was their experience in high school, would they really wander from the church in college?
  4. The psalm ends with the exclamation, “Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!” Yes, they are! The whole earth is the Lord’s possession. He reigns over all, and He is on our side. He is for us. He’s guarding us. He’s providing for us. He’s loving us as a devoted father.
  5. How do we help the youth become mature? In Psalm 145 it speaks of one generation praising the works of the Lord to the next. We need to teach those coming after us about the mighty acts of God. We need to share the miracles, how we’ve seen His love in action, His transforming power in our lives and in the lives of others.
  6. We’re to meditate on the greatness of God and all He has done. Meditate, think on it, speak of it. It should be what’s on your mind and in your mouth.
  7. Speak of His abundant goodness and of His righteousness.
  8. Speak of His graciousness, His mercy, how He is slow to anger and abounding in love.
  9. Speak of the glory of His kingdom and of His power and of His glorious splendor!
  10. Why do we talk of these things? Verse 12 “to make know to the children of man your mighty deeds.”
  11. Teach each other. Teach the children. Raise up a generation who knows who God is, the Lord Most High and most worthy of praise.