A Contemplation Of Asaph. Give ear, O my people, to my law; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings 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. For He established a testimony in Jacob, 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, but keep His commandments. And may not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation that did not set its heart aright, and whose spirit was not faithful to God. (Psalm 78:1-8)
Children need many things in life to give them success. The most important part of a child’s life is to know about God and the wonderful stories of the Bible. There is nothing more intrinsic to the formation of a child’s life than learning about the word of the Lord. It must be the central part of the everyday experience in the family. Learning the basics of education is imperative and years are spent in developing the mind to know about mathematics, science, language and culture. This forms the basis of a child’s knowledge and how to use that knowledge improving their lives. Great emphasis is placed on teaching children the necessary tools to let them succeed in life. What must not be forgotten is telling each generation the praises of the Lord, His strength and wonderful works that He has done. This knowledge will be eternal.
Asaph contemplates a powerful example of teaching children. He shows the influence of the father in his role of telling the family about the praises of God. Central to the success of the family is the man who takes the mantle of leadership very serious as a teacher of God’s word. Time is fleeting and the father will not forget to teach his children the commandments of the Lord and the law of God. Fathers are commanded by the Lord to teach their children about Him. Every generation needs to know about the Lord so they will not forget Him and disregard the many works He has done. Asaph reminds his readers of the previous generation that were stubborn and rebellious who did not set their hearts in faithfulness to God. They were not steadfast or committed to God as they should be. Children need to learn from the mistakes of their parents.
Teaching children is showing them the way of the Lord and often by using the previous generation as an example. God does not want His people to serve Him because that is what father and mother did. He desires for the children to develop their own faith using the examples of the previous generation as a learning tool to become more steadfast in their resolve to serve Him. Successful families are those who impress the word of God upon their children in a daily walk. Children need to know what the praises of the Lord sound like, what the presence of God feels like and how they can trust in Him to care for them. The Lord is full of strength and power. Reading the Bible will fill their minds with the glory of God. Children will learn what right and wrong are. They will see the longsuffering of the Lord and His love. Jesus will be the central figure in the story of the Bible as they read each page. Filling the hearts of children with the word of God will give them hope in life. Success in life will not be measured by how much money they make or how popular they are in school; rather how close a relationship they have with the Father.
The contemplation of Asaph is about the story of Israel but it is more about teaching children to know those stories. As parents, we must put forth the effort to instill in our children a love for God. They need to see how much we are in love with the Lord and how joyful we are in our lives to serve Him. When our children see our love for Him they will want to have that same love. Their hearts will learn to set their trust in the word of God, His love, mercy and grace. The spirit of our children will be faithful to God when we set forth the pattern of truth in our lives. Children need many things in life. They must be prepared for creating a home for themselves and starting a family. The greatest gift we can give our children is a love for God. This will be a blessing for them in this life and especially in the life to come.