Daily Devotional: Psalms 71:1-8
1 In you, O LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. 2 Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me. 3 Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. 4 Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of evil and cruel men. 5 For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth. 6 From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you. 7 I have become like a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge. 8 My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.
2 Tim 3:14-17
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
So much of what we learn in life is taught to us in infancy and the first years that follow. These things are instilled in us and we never forget them. Much of this is what we pick up by the example of our parents and siblings. This is why the wise man said that if we train up a child in the way he should go, he will not depart from it. This is not a guarantee but is a proverb – a statement of general truth.
This should motivate us to teach our children and grandchildren while they are young. It should spur us to make sure they are in regular attendance of the church services and especially the Bible classes. For those who have access to a private school that teaches the Bible and reinforces what we are teaching at home, we should take advantage of this. Just as evil companionships corrupt good morals, so godly companionships will encourage good morals. But the responsibility for teaching our children the Bible, about God and about Jesus Christ is primarily in the home. Our children are a gift from God and we must teach them.
Heavenly Father it is so good to know you as my God and to know that I am a part of your family. Thank you for giving your Son and for showing me how to love you in return and how to love others. Thank you for your compassion and forgiveness and for showing me how to forgive others. Thank you for giving me parents who loved you and who taught your word to me while I was young. Be with our nation and our leaders so they will realize that you are God and you are in control. Give them wisdom that we can live in peace. I pray in the name of Jesus.