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.
He established a decree in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach to their children;
that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and rise up 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.
Food for Thought:
My favorite line in this passage of Scripture is “so that they should set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.” What do you think of when you read this passage of Scripture? How would you describe your hope in God? What do you see as the works of God? What is the importance of keeping God’s commands?
God of captives and pilgrims, you brought your people home from despair and gave them a land of freedom and plenty. Look in mercy on us your servants, deliver us from the prison of selfishness and sin, and bring us home to justice, sharing, and compassion─ the realm you promised all the world in Jesus Christ the Savior. In your holy and precious name we pray, Amen.