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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Goldfinches in snow
 Brooksyne took this photo of the goldfinches in front of our office window.
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"Commending God's Works One Generation To Another"

"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" (Psalm 145:4-6).

Ken NortheimerRecently Brooksyne and I were making visits in a company when Ken (pictured on the left) asked us to stop by his office. He invited us to come in, have a seat and requested that we close the door. Being in a management position I thought he might have a burden for someone else or he might share a heavy personal need.

However Ken went on to share with us a most wonderful blessing he and his wife experienced the night before. His pre-school grandson had called and excitedly told him that he had accepted Jesus as his Savior. The genuine joy that radiated in Ken’s face demonstrated a Scripture verse that the apostle John wrote, "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth" (3 John 4).

Today's verse from the Psalms presents a foundational principle: "One generation will commend Your works to another." We may read this verse and see it primarily as the older generation commending God's works to the younger and throughout Scripture this is presented as a vital way of transmitting truth. But the text itself does not specify this. We may also see it as a two way exchange; we all benefit by being on both the telling and the receiving end.

What a joy to see a respectful youth listening intently to the instruction of an elder or an elder listening with genuine interest as a young person shares how the Lord is working through his or her life. This is an illustration of the wonderful God-ordained pattern for the transmission of truth.

This is such a contrast to the ongoing breakdown of the divinely ordained order in the home and local church. It counteracts the philosophy of "It takes a village" that proposes big and intrusive government is essential for the betterment of society.

This I believe greatly erodes God's original design. You see, the "village" does a very poor job in transmitting godly values from one generation to the next. This is a role ordained of God for the family and church. For the last fifty years our country has reaped the carnage the village model has inflicted upon our culture and we surely have much more reaping to come.

Consider an outline of our text:
  •     "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."
As I study and ponder the text I notice this focus is on God: "Your works, Your mighty acts, Your majesty, Your wonderful works, Your awesome works, Your great deeds."

Today let us who seek to faithfully serve God in our generation make this declaration based on the daily text, "My generation will commend Your works to another; I will tell of Your mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and I will meditate on Your wonderful works. I will tell of the power of Your awesome works, and I will proclaim Your great deeds."

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily Prayer: Father, as You do awesome works in my life I can't help but tell of the splendor of Your majesty or proclaim Your great deeds. May my children and my children's children rise up and call You blessed as they see the effects of Your work in my life. I don't want to limit the transmission of the gospel to my own blood relations for I want it to spill over to all who are in my sphere of influence. As You give me opportunity to use my gifts and apply my skills, may the work of Your Holy Spirit be seen through me and draw others into a relationship with You. Amen.

Note: A daily encouragement message was not distributed yesterday (1/25/12)

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"When It's All Been Said And Done"  Video  Slater  Armstrong

"Find Us Faithful"  Video  Steve Green

"When The Tears Fall"  Video  Tim Hughes  This song has a wonderful message of faith and assurance.

Mollie & Dottie
Mollie and Dottie relaxing on a cold winter afternoon.

Pet Humor (not related to today's message!):  Both our dogs got a real kick out of this video and you might as well!

While I am sharing some dog humor how about this, this or this. (Photos)

And finally, if you never read about my dog who was ordained see here.

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