Asaph sounded the alarm in his day by writing Psalm 78, a sad history of one generation’s failure to pass the flame of faith to the next. The prophet-poet was inciting his generation tocommit holy arson, to set fire to the household of faith by telling “the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and His might, and the wonders that He has done” and by teaching them to live out His laws of love “that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments” (Psalm 78:4-7).
As in Asaph’s day, hope in the living and true God either does not exist in our next generation or is in danger of being extinguished . . .
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