Fathers Telling Their Children

June 16, 2013

Friends,
On this Father’s Day, may all the fathers, in particular, evaluate what they have been telling their children. Isa. 38:19 says, “The living, the living –they praise You [Lord], as I am doing today; fathers tell their children about Your faithfulness.” Are dads doing this? Are they giving the Lord praise and honor, and doing so by telling their children about God’s gracious faithfulness? Are they speaking to them and teaching them through their good behavior, as well as through words? Or are they communicating to their kids all sorts of other things, even wicked things, as they model sinfulness, idolatry, and disregard for the Lord?

One main way which God wants leaders (which includes dads) to proclaim His faithfulness is through song. This desire of God’s is revealed throughout His Word. Singing to God is greatly encouraged, even commanded; and song is to be used to tell of His marvelous deeds –which He does because He is faithful. God is faithful to punish the wicked, and He is faithful to reward the righteous. God is faithful to discipline those He loves, and He is faithful to come to the aid of the distressed who humbly call out to Him for help. God is faithful to comfort, to speak, to give wisdom, to love, to deliver, to strengthen, to heal, to give peace, and so much more. Because of this, all who lead and influence others are responsible to declare God’s faithfulness. And almost certainly, the main person of influence for each new generation is the dad. Dads will influence their children, and thus the future of society, for better or for worse –for integrity or for deceit, for kindness or for cruelty, for humble servanthood or for arrogance and bullying, for faithfulness or for neglect, for obedience to God or for self-centered pursuits.

Isa. 38:20 continues, saying, “The LORD will save me, and we will sing with stringed instruments all the days of our lives in the temple of the LORD.” God’s temple is each born-of-the-Spirit individual, and all who house Him should be singing praises to Him for the salvation He brings. As Jer. 20:13 says, “Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.” And as Ps. 13:6 says, “I will sing to the LORD, for He has been good to me.”

Are the fathers singing? Are they proclaiming to their children God’s wondrous character traits and miracles, and are they being humble enough to do so through song? Singing songs of praise and adoration and thanksgiving, with genuine gratitude to God, cannot be done if a man’s heart is proud and sinful. But, if it’s pure, the man’s whole life will be one continuous praise to God –through his words, teachings, conduct, and songs. In fact, his will be a life that cannot help but be speaking about God’s magnificence, love, and faithfulness –to everyone, but especially to the family the Lord has entrusted to his care.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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