O my people, listen to my teaching.
Open your ears to what I am saying,
for I will speak to you in a parable.
I will teach you hidden lessons from our past–
stories we have heard and know,
stories our ancestors handed down to us.
We will not hide these truths from our children
but will tell the next generation
about the glorious deeds of the Lord.
We will tell of His power and the mighty miracles He did.
For He issued His decree to Jacob; He gave His law to Israel.
He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children,
so the next generation might know them–
even the children not yet born–
that they in turn might teach their children.
So each generation can set its hope anew on God,
remembering His glorious miracles
and obeying His commands.
-Psalm 78:1-7, NLT
-contributed by Nancy I. Sanders