Daily Devotionals

Under The Surface: Week 4 - Friday

Let each generation tell its children of Your mighty acts; let them proclaim Your power. Psalm 145:4

I am a sucker for a true story. Recently, I have been enjoying watching movies that are based off of true stories. I like learning about stories and things that have happened throughout history. I walk away from watching these movies having learned important information about history and valuable life lessons as well. Stories motivate us and instruct us. They often encourage us to be better people. If you are a follower of Christ, did you know you have a story? In fact, you have many stories of God's faithfulness in your life. Today we will be reminded that we can practice gratitude when we tell our stories. When this happens, both we and the listeners of our stories are encouraged, and God gets the glory.

David, the author of Psalm 145, praised God in the Psalm. In this Psalm, he made a commitment to praise God forever. "Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure His greatness (verse 3). He continues by saying, "Let each generation tell its children of Your mighty acts; let them proclaim Your power" (verse 4). David was calling believers to commit to telling others about the faithfulness of God so that future generations would know how He had been faithful throughout the history of their families.

As we read these verses, a good question to consider is, "Why is telling stories of God's goodness so valuable?" These stories instill confidence in God. After all, when you hear story after story of how God has protected your family throughout generations, how could you not be confident in God's provision and protection? These stories also provide opportunities to praise God and thank Him for His goodness.

Has God been faithful to you? Don't keep His faithfulness to yourself. Tell those around you about how He has faithfully provided for you and your family. Seek for opportunities to show your gratitude for His faithfulness.

Moving Toward Action

What is one way that God has been faithful to you in the past week? Find someone today to tell them about God's recent faithfulness to you. Tell them your story. Encourage them that God is also faithfully working in their life as well. Give God the glory for His faithfulness and thank Him for His goodness to you.

Going Deeper

Read Psalm 145:1-21 (NLT)

I will exalt you, my God and King,
    and praise your name forever and ever.
I will praise you every day;
    yes, I will praise you forever.
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
    No one can measure his greatness.

Let each generation tell its children of your mighty acts;
    let them proclaim your power.
I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor
    and your wonderful miracles.
Your awe-inspiring deeds will be on every tongue;
    I will proclaim your greatness.
Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness;
    they will sing with joy about your righteousness.

The Lord is merciful and compassionate,
    slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
The Lord is good to everyone.
    He showers compassion on all his creation.
All of your works will thank you, Lord,
    and your faithful followers will praise you.
They will speak of the glory of your kingdom;
    they will give examples of your power.
They will tell about your mighty deeds
    and about the majesty and glory of your reign.
For your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.
    You rule throughout all generations.

The Lord always keeps his promises;
    he is gracious in all he does.
The Lord helps the fallen
    and lifts those bent beneath their loads.
The eyes of all look to you in hope;
    you give them their food as they need it.
When you open your hand,
    you satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing.
The Lord is righteous in everything he does;
    he is filled with kindness.
The Lord is close to all who call on him,
    yes, to all who call on him in truth.
He grants the desires of those who fear him;
    he hears their cries for help and rescues them.
The Lord protects all those who love him,
    but he destroys the wicked.

I will praise the Lord,
    and may everyone on earth bless his holy name
    forever and ever.