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- Psalm 79:13 So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture, Will give You thanks forever; We will show forth Your praise to all generations.
- The psalmist is saying that he will praise God to the next generation. He will praise God before all generations, let everyone see them praising God.
- Do you let others see you praising God? Do they get to see your loving, exuberant devotion to Him?
- In Psalm 78, the psalmist encourages the passing on of the teaching of God’s law, so that future generations wouldn’t forget God.
- Psalm 78:6-7 And appointed a law in Israel, 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.
- Children need to be taught God’s word, but it’s just as important that you “show forth” God’s praise. The Bible is just dead words until they become alive by the Spirit. The Bible is a way to get to know Jesus, the Living Word. Praise is one way we bring life to Scriptures, seeing God in them and praising His works and truth.
- The children of Israel don’t hold fast to God’s word. Psalm 78 is giving a history of Israel. What happens when Israel forgets God’s words?
- Psalm 78:34-38a When He slew them, then they sought Him; and they returned and sought earnestly for God. Then they remembered that God was their rock, and the Most High God their Redeemer. Nevertheless they flattered Him with their mouth, and they lied to Him with their tongue; for their heart was not steadfast with Him, nor were they faithful in His covenant. But He, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and did not destroy them.
- They earnestly sought God only when in distress. Their hearts didn’t stay steadfast with the Lord. Make sure that the praise you are showing is for all times and for all things!