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Your Salvation is Important for the Next Generation (Psalm 89)

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As I was studying Psalm 89, I was reminded that my salvation and my walk with Christ is not just about me. I was reminded once more that my actions will have an impact for generations to come. Whether I walk the narrow or wide path, both will have an impact on my children and their children's children. Psalm 89 led me to review some passages in Numbers, Genesis, Deuteronomy, and Exodus.

Genesis 22:17-18 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.

Psalm 89:3-4 You said, 'I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant, 'I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.

God established a forever covenant with David and his descendants. His kingship will last forever. When God blesses you, generations to come are blessed. We see this even in the "world". I am not sure if the Curry family reveres God, but Dell Curry was a basketball player, Steph and Seth are players. His daughter married a player. Chances are, his descendants will continue to excel in basketball for generations to come. One of the Christians families I like to watch online is the Evans family. Dr. Tony Evans father was a man of God, he is a man of God and you can clearly see the Lord's hands on his children and grandchildren.

Psalm 89:31-33 If his sons forsake my law and do not follow my statutes, if they violate my decrees and fail to keep my commands, I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with flogging; but I will not take my love from him, nor will I ever betray my faithfulness

God is such a sovereign God that he took into consideration sins and transgressions. No matter the sins or transgression David's descendants where to be a part of, they will be punished, but never be put to shame. God's love would never depart from them. Actions do have consequences, but I love that God promised them that he will never leave them like his spirit left Saul when he sinned against him.

Numbers 14:17-18 Now may the Lord’s strength be displayed, just as you have declared: 'The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.' In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.
Deuteronomy 5:9-10 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

The parts that captured my attention in the above verse are he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation. When you're not in Christ, there are things you may endure that aren't even your fault, as you battle demons passed down from your great grandparents.

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

I love that I serve a gracious God who is slow to anger and loving. He punishes four generations, but he shows love to a thousand generations. What a mighty God we serve! When God makes a covenant with you, nothing can come in the way of that. I remember when I first moved to the U.S., I met a distant family member. He was telling me how good my late grandpa was to him and if I ever needed anything I should not hesitate to call. He picked me up religiously for choir practice every Friday and Saturday for two years. No, it was not on his way. He chose to because of some kind gesture my grandpa did for him ages ago. I went to the Bahamas recently, someone from my Grandma's church hosted me. As I was thanking them for being kind, they told me "I would do anything for your grandma's grandchild".

I truly desire to live a life that will be a blessing to my children. As you continue to live out your faith, remember that it is not about you. I plead with you dear christians, live as if your great great grand children's lives depend on it, because it does.

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