Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
Psalm 78 is categorized as a “historical Psalm,” a Psalm that gives witness to God’s work and faithfulness. When I read these first four verses, I picture a group gathering around a campfire, leaning in to hear a really, really good story. Give ear, O my people, incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
There are two necessary elements to stories: someone to tell them and someone to listen. The people of Israel have quite the stories to tell! And we get to hear these stories all this time later. Stories of wandering in the wilderness, scarcity, arguments among themselves and their neighbors, and stories of miracles, abundance, and God’s faithfulness. What are the stories that you want your children and your children’s children to know about God’s work in your life? What wonders have you experienced? What has surprised you, challenged you, or nurtured you?
Friends in Christ, God is not done creating our stories. Let’s keep listening, and telling, and watching as our story keeps unfolding. – In Peace, Pastor Ruth
God of majesty, amid the grandeur of your creation you sought us out, and by the coming of your Son you adorned us with glory and honor, giving us dominion over your works. Enable us so to care for the earth that all creation may radiate the splendor of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.