I love this passage. The imagery of parents passing to their children a knowledge of God’s greatness and goodness is powerful.
The problem is, it assumes that I am right with God, that I have a knowledge of God, that I am remembering God’s goodness and greatness in my life.
For this reason, I believe one of the most precious gifts we can give to our children is making sure our own walk with God is vibrant and current. When I am not where I should be spiritually, those are my “bad mom” days. When I am making right choices (Even little ones, like sweeping the kitchen floor when I should, instead of putting it off), I find it’s much easier to be a “good mom.” And the wonderful thing is, when we have failed miserably, we know that we can come boldly to the throne of grace to find help in time of need. It is our own pride to think that our “good mom” days are what make our children turn out “right.” Then once again we can begin the cycle detailed in Psalm 78– relating God’s greatness and goodness to our children.
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, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.Australia
5 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, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: Ps 78 1-7