Vs. 6-7, “So the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children. Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.” We come across a very long psalm describing the ups & downs of Israel’s history. This isn’t a record of how God’s people were treating each other…it was a record of how they were treating God. In the Jewish culture, there is a strong emphasis on passing down the teachings of God. Instead of wiping Israel from the face of the Earth, God sent them David and from his line He would send the ultimate King in Jesus. In fact, vs. 2 is a very Messianic verse pointing to how Jesus would one day teach.
Regarding application…Effect of Sin. A scholar once said in the 18th century, “Forgetfulness leads to exile, while remembrance is the secret of redemption.” While it is biblically true that the sins of our fathers can affect generations after it…it is also true that we are not doomed to make the same mistakes. How many times have you heard, “That kid is going to be just like his father.” (of course, in a bad way). The cycle of sin most definitely can be stopped. We must make an effort to remember God’s goodness & see the mistakes of our past and learn from it. Let me tell you a true personal story of mine: while in counseling as a young teenager, I had times where we had group therapy. There was a young man my age who was with his younger brother. He was 16, his brother was 12 and they had another brother who was 9. By all appearances, they were upper middle class good looking young guys. But as we dived into their life, the oldest had been molested by his father, who in turn molested his 12 year old brother & his 12 year old brother in turn molested their 9 year old brother! This is what I would call a cycle of sin. It may sound unbelievable, but it happens in families more than we may realize. We are called by God to stop the sins of our past generations and be a generation that not only lives for God…but a generation that teaches our children & their children to live for God! The vicious cycle of sin can stop if we make every effort to learn from our past. In a world of sin…we sometimes throw in our white flag and give up. But all things are possible when we put our trust in the Lord (Phil. 4)