O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim Your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, Your power to all those to come. Ps. 71:17-18
For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation fell asleep and was laid with his fathers. Acts 13:36a
David knew the power and salvation of the Lord from a young age. He recognized in his spirit the utmost importance of proclaiming God’s wondrous ways to the next generation. The Psalms continually echo David’s heart cry to remember and make known the love and faithfulness of God. As we see in Acts, the Lord honored David’s request of passing the spiritual “baton.” So important was this call on David’s life that the Lord proclaims David as a man after His own heart who will do His will (Acts 13:22). David’s passion to declare God’s ways to the next generation seemed more important than his physical reign.
We are accountable to the Lord to proclaim His character, Word and wonderful deeds to the next generation. With the completed works of the Bible and the finished power of the cross, we are called to share the full hope of our salvation to our descendants.
To fall asleep before we have served our generation is nothing short of tragic. It is good to sleep at last, as all our honored fathers have done, but it is a moral calamity to sleep without having first labored to bless the world…. A.W. Tozer
REFLECTION: Before God calls you to “fall asleep”, how can you bless this current generation and contribute to the mission of our church?
PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, as David understood the importance of declaring Your great name to the next generation, may my heart be faithful to Your purposes and impart the power of Your name and Word on to the next generation.