Praising the Lord in Your Home
“Showing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength, and His wonderful works that He hath done.” Psalm 78:4
THIS QUOTATION sets forth in a few simple words the will of God in the rearing of our families. And this elementary principle of praising God in front of our children is the rock upon which Christian parents may build a solid and unmovable future for their sons and daughters. The question then is, are we doing it?
The Praises of the Lord
How can we put this idea across? Only by so living and so speaking that praise is characteristic of us. If we complain a great deal, if we fail often to mention His Name, if His Word becomes ordinary to us, if our prayers are mostly “gimme,” who is going to think He is worthy of praise?
On the other hand, if we are full of appreciation for His love, His care and His guidance; if a song is ever ready upon our lips; if His Word is the joy and rejoicing of our hearts, the children will grow up with the idea that God must be great and good!
And His strength
Has God ever done anything for you? Then you know something of His strength. How much strength do you suppose it took for God to give His only Son to die a shameful death on a criminal’s cross for you? “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32. How many burdens has He lifted? How many sorrows borne? Have you told the children of His strength? Or do they think He must not care because you seem to have to carry all the load yourself? They are not deceived. They will not think much of Him if He cannot lift your weight. No use expecting them to trust Him if we do not trust Him ourselves.
And His wonderful works which He hath done. What works? Why, the wonderful things of which the Bible speaks, unbelievably wonderful, except that they are said of God. And the things around us He has made. “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,” Psalm 8:3, the lily, the snowflake, these bodies of ours so “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14. And His great work for sinners and for you. The outworking of His wisdom in His guidance, the lovely children He has given us, His ways with men, His glorious purposes, all these and many more. Have we told the children this? The Bible says to tell them “that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments: And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation.” Psalm 78:7,8.
“Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen (those that did not know Him), The Lord hath done great things for them… whereof we are glad.” Psalm 126:2,3. So tell the children.
R. L. Constable