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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Day After Christmas

Yesterday, my husband and I watched by Skype as our grandson opened a gift and played on the floor with his toys. He was shrieking with delight—and sometimes frustration, as the little cars or train pieces didn’t do exactly what he wanted them to. (He’s not yet two.) Our little grandson was interrupted by the dog, who’s big enough to totally block the camera, and then some. Our daughter and son-in-law and his mother sometimes joined the little guy. It was a fun peek into a Christmas morning 4,000 miles away. It was made all the more special because the scene was family.

This morning, I read Psalm 145, a psalm of praise to God with lessons for the family. Two verses speak specifically about sharing His praise from generation to generation. (Verses 4 and 13) The whole Psalm is about sharing God’s works, His goodness with others.

Here is what I found:
  • Bless His name forever. (Verses 1-2, 21)
  • God is great, so great we can’t comprehend it. (Verse 3)
  • We share God’s greatness down through the generations. (Verse 4)
  • We’re to share: God’s works, His majesty, His might, His greatness, His goodness, His righteousness, God’s graciousness, His compassion, His mercy, His glory, His power. (Verses 4-12)
  • God’s kingdom is everlasting; His dominion is through all generations. (Verse 13)
  • God holds up those who fall, and picks up those who are bowed down. (Verse 14)
  • God provides for the needy who depend on Him. (Verse 15)
  • God is holy. (Verse 17)
  • The Lord is near anyone who calls on Him in truth. (Verse 18)
  • God will meet people’s desires when they call on Him. (Verse 19)
  • God will save those who call on Him. (Verse 19)
  • God preserves those who love Him and destroys the wicked. (Verse 20) 

Psalm 145 ends with another beautiful verse, summing up this song of praise:
My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD:
And let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

What are we sharing about God Himself with our family—our children and grandchildren? Are we giving them a godly heritage by sharing the Lord with them? Are we showing His praise and greatness to them?

How do you share God with your children and grandchildren?


  1. Skype adds so much to holidays, doesn't it? My oldest son has been able to be a part of birthday celebrations from afar, and it's such a blessing.

    1. Yes, it's so helpful when the family is sooooo far away.


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