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1 Listen, my people, to my teaching;
tilt your ears toward the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth with a proverb.
I’ll declare riddles from days long gone—
3 ones that we’ve heard and learned about,
ones that our ancestors told us.
4 We won’t hide them from their descendants;we’ll tell the next generation
all about the praise due the Lord and his strength—
the wondrous works God has done.
5 He established a law for Jacob
and set up Instruction for Israel,
ordering our ancestors
to teach them to their children.
6 This is so that the next generation
and children not yet born will know these things,
and so they can rise up and tell their children
7 to put their hope in God—
never forgetting God’s deeds,
but keeping God’s commandments—
8 and so that they won’t become like their ancestors:
a rebellious, stubborn generation,
a generation whose heart wasn’t set firm
and whose spirit wasn’t faithful to God.
14 But me? I will hope. Always.
I will add to all your praise.
15 My mouth will repeat your righteous acts
and your saving deeds all day long.
I don’t even know how many of those there are!
16 I will dwell on your mighty acts, my Lord.
Lord, I will help others remember nothing but your righteous deeds.
17 You’ve taught me since my youth, God,
and I’m still proclaiming your wondrous deeds!
18 So, even in my old age with gray hair,
don’t abandon me, God!
Not until I tell generations about your mighty arm,
tell all who are yet to come about your strength,
19 and about your ultimate righteousness, God,
because you’ve done awesome things!
Who can compare to you, God?
God’s people have always valued teaching and learning. Israel’s sacred poets showed that the focus of education was not just to satisfy random human curiosity, but to grasp and pass on the knowledge of God’s powerful acts to future generations. They clearly believed God sees a desire to instruct “the next generation” as central to life’s purpose. And Jesus continued that focus: “Jesus began to teach anyone who would listen regardless of gender status or age.” *
Lord God, I want to live a life with the big picture aim of helping present and future generations know your strength and ultimate righteousness. Please help me do that well. Amen.
When I was in high school, I sang in an intergenerational choir. The choir consisted of retired adults who wanted to instill their love of singing in young people. However, it quickly became more than that. I sat next to a lovely woman named Margaret, who shared her stories, listened to mine, and got to know me. Margaret was there for my most challenging high school moments, like when I lost one of my best friends to an illness. She was there for some of the best moments, like when we sang together in Europe.
Margaret consistently showed up in my life, and she also shared her faith with me. When she talked about her life, she couldn’t help but share stories about God. The Psalmist says in Psalms 71:17, “You’ve taught me since my youth, God, and I’m still proclaiming your wondrous deeds!” Margaret shared how God showed up in times of joy and sorrow in her life, giving me hope.
To many, Margaret’s life may seem ordinary. However, the rhythm of her life was one of extraordinary praise. My walk with Christ looks the way it does because of how Margaret lived and put her hope in God.
Who is someone who poured God’s love into you as a young person? Take a moment to thank God for that person. Who is a young person you might care for and share your life and faith with? Your story, like Margaret’s, is worth sharing. You never know how it might encourage a young person in their faith.
* Ortberg, John, Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus. Zondervan. Kindle Edition. For a more in-depth study of Jesus’ effect on education than we have space for here, see chapter 5, “An Undistinguished Visiting Scholar,” in Ortberg’s remarkable book.