April 04, 2013

Commend His Works

Psalm 145:1-7

One generation commends your works to another, they tell of your mighty acts.
—Psalm 145:4


The psalmist calls on each generation to commend God’s works to the next. It’s a precious gift when grandparents can be actively involved in the lives of their grandchildren. This is even more true when they share their legacy of faith with the next generations! Grandparents have a unique role and can be very influential in their grandchildren’s lives.

We watched how Deb’s grandma lived her life—being gentle with others, prayerful over all of us, generous in her support of church ministries, and steeped in God’s Word. We listened to her many stories of God’s care and provision for her and her family. It shaped us as young people.

Sometimes we are shy about sharing what God has done for us. We don’t want to rock the boat with others or make ourselves vulnerable to criticism. But our stories of God’s faithfulness carry the power of the gospel. They show how God loved us even when we did not deserve it and how he has walked beside us through good times and hard times. We may not have a dramatic story like Paul on the road to Damascus (see Acts 9), but we can tell about the caring God who never lets go.

Don’t miss opportunities to tell your stories. Talk about how God is at work in your life!

Lord, give us the words to share our stories of how you have been faithful in our lives. Help us to inspire the next generation to walk with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — Steven and Deb Koster

Steven and Deb Koster have a passion for marriages, families, and spiritual growth in the home. Both are ordained ministers in the Christian Reformed Church in North America. Steven formerly served as editor of Today and director of ReFrame's English-language outreach. Deb leads Family Fire, ReFrame’s family ministry at FamilyFire.com and on Facebook. The Kosters have three children.

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