Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Recorded for Future Generations

Let this be recorded for future generations, so that a people not yet born will praise the Lord. Tell them the Lord looked down from his heavenly sanctuary. He looked down to earth from heaven to hear the groans of the prisoners, to release those condemned to die. And so the Lord's fame will be celebrated in Zion, his praises in Jerusalem, when multitudes gather together and kingdoms come to worship the Lord. Psalm 102: 18-22 NLT

Why should we write down what God has done for us in our lives?

So that future generations, those who are yet to be born, will be able to give God praise and glory.

I hate when people of older generations do things and plan for things that have a finite life, without thinking of future generations. I remember one church where folks put a lot of money into the cemetery attached to the church property. They gave more money to the place to bury themselves than they did to the place to save others. They were only concerned about where their bodies were going to go when the died. They were not so concerned about where others would go when they died (body or soul).

The psalmist wants future generations to see how the Lord hears the groan of those imprisoned – I imagine those imprisoned by their sins. The Lord looks down from heaven and sees those who are truly condemned to die. The Lord rescues them – I see them as being rescued because of what Jesus has done for them. We should not stop with our own generation when it comes to telling about God's salvation. We need to share it with those yet born.

God, show us how to record your saving grace in our own lives so that future generations will be able to give you the glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims

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