“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation will commend your works to another; they will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They will tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds. They will celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.” (Psalm 145:3–7, NIV 1984).
My Musings – What strikes me about these verses is the phrase “One generation will commend your works to another; will tell of your mighty acts. They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty.” Is this a generation that speaks of the glorious splendor of God’s majesty? If not, does the fault lie with this generation or the previous generation for failing to commend His works to the succeeding generation? Trick question. The fault lies with both. Certainly, a generation is handicapped when the previous generation is lax in their responsibility to pass along the glory of God. However, “what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:19–20, NIV 1984).
My Advice – As is often (always) the case, my advice applies as much to me as it does my readers. So, if you are of my generation (more years behind you than ahead of you), recommit to sharing the glory of God and the Gospel of His Son to all, but especially to those who will be left to pass it along to the next generation when you are gone. This model has worked remarkably well for 2000 plus years.
“You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:1–2, NIV 1984).
If you are of the younger generation, with much of your “three-score and ten” left, stop making excuses. Today is the day of salvation if you do not know Christ as your personal Savior. But, if you already know Him, there is no better time than today to begin being accountable to the Great Commission. Become a believer and follow Him. Then become a disciple and teach others to follow Him.
“How long will you waver between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if [fill in the blank] is God, follow [it].” (1 Kings 18:21, NIV 1984).
Want to become a Christian? See my blog series “The Born Again Experience.”
Want a closer walk with Christ? See my blog series “Got Spiritual Milk?”