Tell to the Coming Generation the Glorious Deeds of the LORD
“We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done. He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.” (Psalm 78:4–7, ESV)
Children are a blessing from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). Ailin and I are grateful to God for gracing us with the gift of our fifth-born son, Yi Han (义汉) on 24 September 2015. As parents, we want to be good stewards of God’s grace-gifts by parenting Yi Han to know, love and fear God (Deuteronomy 6:7). We are presenting Yi Han to be baptised because he, like the rest of our children, are covenant children and should receive the sign of the covenant. Kevin DeYoung in an article makes a strong defence for infant baptism. We read the article to be reminded again of the reasons why we have had all our children baptised including Yi Han.
God made a covenant with Abraham and sealed it with the sign of circumcision in Genesis 17. God promised to bless Abraham and that he would be a God to Abraham and his children. Circumcision was not just a physical thing but spiritual. It points to the circumcision of the heart (Romans 2). Amazingly this spiritual sign was not just given to Isaac but to Ishmael even though only Isaac belonged to the promised line. The spiritual sign is not only for those who have embraced the spiritual reality. Circumcision, like baptism, allowed for future faith that would take hold of the realities symbolised. Baptism, like circumcision, is no guarantee of the promise signified. Through baptism, children are marked as belonging to the covenant, but unless they exercise saving faith, they will not grab hold of the covenant blessings. Children are baptised based on this same covenant with Abraham that has not been annulled. This covenant has been in operation from Genesis right through the Bible till the new heaven and new earth in Revelation 21.
Our prayer is that the Chang family will be centered on serving God and loving his Word. Psalm 78 gives a a beautiful picture of such a gospel-centered family. We see parents who will not hide God’s word from their children. We hear parents who will tell the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might and the wonders that he has done. We witness parents who obey God’s command not only to ensure that their own children know God but to train them in such a way that their children will teach their children to set their hope in God! We pray that God will help us to be such a disciple-making family. Our desire is that our children will not only put and persevere in their hope in God, but ultimately pass on their faith in Jesus.
Dear Living Praise, please pray with us that we will not hide Jesus from our children. Please remind us that our greatest problem is sin and our greatest need is Jesus. Please show us that Jesus is our greatest joy and that there is nothing else we should desire other than him. Please tell us that Jesus is good and that he will be faithful even when we are not. Please tell us that Jesus loves us even when we have been so unlovable. Please tell us that the grace of Jesus has saved us and that his grace alone will lead us all home to be with him. Amen.