Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the three-year lectionary.
Psalm 145:4 speaks of telling the Lord’s works to the next generation. The rest of the Psalm gives examples of the kind of works of the Lord we might tell. In the Bible, the Lord, the triune God, shows his power, his mercy, his love, and his ability to sustain all things forever.
How are we doing with the intergenerational proclamation of God’s character? Do we teach the next generation? Do we encourage the older generations? Do we learn from one another? Do we spend time reflecting on God’s love for his people? Do we marvel at his providence?
At various times in history, the Church has been thriving. These have generally been times when parents teach their children carefully. They have been times when Christians persist in gathering together, even when it is difficult. They have been times when Christians make it clear that recognizing and proclaiming the word of God is at the heart and center of life in our world.
How can we do better at this? It’s quite simple. It starts with the reader who decides to take a Psalm such as this one, or any other passage of Scripture, consider it carefully, and teach it to family and friends. We can spread God’s word from generation to generation. This is good and right.
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