Whenever I read Psalm 78 I think of my mother. I don’t know if she knew this Psalm, but she did what it says any parent should do.
“Things we have heard and known, things our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done...he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children” (Psalm 78:3-6).
My mother never went to school in her life, but she knew Jesus as her Savior and Lord from the time she was sixteen. Her childhood was very rough and when she trusted in Christ her mother threatened her with her life. She was persecuted, but God wonderfully sustained her.
She shared her “faith stories” with us children. As we married and had children, she made time and created suitable settings to share her faith stories with her grandchildren. Before she died at 86 she had the joy of doing the same with her great grandchildren.
Given a Bible when baptized as a teen, she prayed that God would teach her how to read, and He did. She knew the Bible well, and shared what she knew with her family. But most importantly, she lived what she knew. I am so thankful for the way she lived out Psalm 78.