Our Fathers Have Told Us
Psalm 44:1-3 (ESV) -- O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old: you with your own hand drove out the nations, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, but them you set free; for not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them.
What stories do you tell in your family? There are usually family stories shared and passed down through the generations. We have one in my family of my mom peeing herself after giving blood at the children’s hospital. It is an epic tale of embarrassment and not eating food when it was offered to you for free. But there are greater tales than funny stories. Some families share stories of God’s faithfulness and intervention in their lives. Some stories talk about trials God brought them through or doors He opened for them.
This act of telling the stories of God’s faithfulness from generation to generation is seen in our text today. We read in Psalm 44:1-3, “O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old: you with your own hand drove out the nations, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, but them you set free; for not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them.”
Notice that David says, in the form of a prayer, that he and his generation had heard of the deeds performed by God. Their fathers told them. These stories passed down. They knew about God’s rescue of His people out of Egypt. They knew about the parting of the sea, defeating of greater armies, and provisions of miraculous bread from heaven. They knew because the stories were told. The goal in telling the stories was to provoke the awe and worship of God in the next generation. They wanted the next generation to serve the LORD.
We have our own stories of faithfulness to share. Take inventory of your life. Do you not have stories of God intervening for you? Are there not stories of provision, miracles, and strength? Once we focus our eyes on these things, it is easy to recognize how present God has been in our lives. These stories need to be told. We need to pass them from generation to generation so those after us walk with the LORD. They need to know He is trustworthy. They need to know He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Begin this journey of remembering and telling by being grateful.
Let the kindness of God to you lead you to worship today.
Share with someone today how good God has been to you.
It will not only fill your own heart with gratitude,
it may be used of God to stir faith in others.
Reflection & Journal:
- Why is it important that we tell the stories of God’s provision and faithfulness?
- What are three things you can think of in the last year where God has shown Himself faithful to you?
- Who can you share with today about God’s blessings in your life? Do it.
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