September 28, 2008am   Don’t forget the Miracles?   Psalm 78

Ron George Jr. at the Fayetteville Baptistr.org

Have you seen any miracles?  Who have you told what the Lord has done for you? 
Psalm 78: A maskila of Asaph. 1 O my people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter hidden things, things from of old— 3 what we have heard and known, what our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done. 5 He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, 6 so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. 7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands. 8 They would not be like their forefathers— a stubborn and rebellious generation, whose hearts were not loyal to God, whose spirits were not faithful to him. 9 The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle; 10 they did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law. 11 They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them. 12 He did miracles in the sight of their fathers in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan. 13 He divided the sea and led them through; he made the water stand firm like a wall. 14 He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night. 15 He split the rocks in the desert and gave them water as abundant as the seas; 16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers.    forget

Do you remember the miracles?  Are they real to you?  Have they made a real difference in your life? 
                       
A.  What will you tell?

  1. Hidden things or forgotten.  (How that Jesus was born of virgin, lived a sinless life to help and miraculously heal, was killed on a cross, and rose from the dead on the third day. 

 

  1. Things from of old.  What has happened in the past. 
  1. What we have heard and known.  How has God worked in your behalf? 

 

  1. What our fathers have told us.  What did the previous generation experience.
  1. The praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.

 

  1. He decreed statute, to teach and show us the right way to live and know the Lord.
  1. The miracles that He has done in our behalf.  11 They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them. 12 He did miracles in the sight of their fathers in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan. 13 He divided the sea and led them through; he made the water stand firm like a wall. 14 He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night. 15 He split the rocks in the desert and gave them water as abundant as the seas; 16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag and made water flow down like rivers.

 

B.  Who will you tell? 

  1. The children, so the next generation would know them  

 

  1. They would not be like their forefathers, who were rebellious and stubborn. 
  1. These men were not faithful to God and they forgot what he had done.  They forgot the miracles. 

 

  1. Tell the children, their children, and the next generation. 
  1. Will you tell the children?  What would you say? 

 

  1. Would you tell them to follow you? 
  1. Would you tell them about the miracles that God has performed in your life? 

 

  1. Does the church need to vote on it?  Do we have someone who will answer God’s call and tell the children? 
  1. Would you bring the children and the grandchildren?  How will they know

 

C. Why will you tell? 

  1. Because we know the Lord and all that He has done in our life.

 

  1. Because we will forget.
  1. Because we can and we will be obedient to the Lord.

 

  1. Because it is the most important mission work we can attempt for the Lord.
  1. Because we know how important it is for the future of our families,

 

  1. Because we care for the children and we love the Lord. 
  1. Because we want to. 

 

Will you come to pray for the children and your children’s children?  Will you come to pray for our children’s ministries?  Will you get involved in the ministry of the future? 

 

a Title: Probably a literary or musical term

The Holy Bible : New International Version (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996, c1984). Ps 78:1-16.