“But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.” (Psalm 79:13)
This statement comes at the end of the Psalm, and when you read the first twelve verses, its meaning is obvious. The people of God will not act like the nations around them. The people of God will not defile the temple of God, and we will not devour His people.
Instead, we will recognize who we are. We are the people of God who lovingly takes care of us. Because we know who we are and what our relationship to God is, we will give Him thanks. We will praise the Lord for all He has done, and He has done more than we even know.
Like our verse from Psalm 78, this one reminds us that this is a generational thing. Every generation must know who they are and what has been done for them. We must praise God, and we must teach our children to praise God, and we must teach our children to teach their children.
Task for Today: Consider today who you are. Think of yourself as a sheep and your shepherd is God. He has led you to green pasture and still water. He has protected you from your enemies. He has fed you and provided all that you need. Give Him thanks and while you’re at it make sure your children give Him thanks as well.