Psalm 78: They should set their hope in God

PSALM 78:1-7

1   Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2   I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
3   things that we have heard and known,
that our ancestors have told us.
4   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.

5   He established a decree in Jacob,
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
to teach to their children;
6   that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and rise up and tell them to their children,
7        so that they should set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the breath.
  • What does God desire for you to teach the children?
  • Where shall you teach?
  • How will this bring glory to God?
  • How will God prepare you?
  • What gifts has God provided you?
  • What new hope do you perceive?
  • Give thanks to God for this time to recognize the gifts God has given and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, November 6, 2011,  the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Psalm 78:1-7
I Thessalonians: 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD

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