But the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him. His salvation extends to the children’s children of those who are faithful to his covenant, of those who obey his commandments!
It is wonderful to see our kids grow up and have their own faith in Jesus that is all their own. They are not studying the Bible, going to church, or praying because someone is forcing them to; they do these things on their own because they have their own relationship with God that is very personal to them.
I remember when I was very young doing all these same things myself and it honestly had absolutely nothing to do with my parents’ expectations or anything like that. The only role they had in it was telling me about Jesus. And I believed in him, read my Bible, prayed, and trusted him all on my own because I loved him and had my very own relationship with him and still do to this day. This is a stark contrast to people I know who say they were raised Catholic, but don’t do anything Catholic-y – or like people who say their family is Jewish, but it’s just a label.
But God gives us a relationship not a religion. The Good News of Jesus is so good, that even a child knows they want that!
That’s what’s so wonderful about this Psalm 103 passage. God’s salvation extends to subsequent generations because the ones who love him are going to tell their kids about him, and those kids are going to perpetuate the cycle of families trusting and obeying God all on their own. And those families are going to be together forever with Jesus!
Thank you so much for my parents who read Bible stories to us and prayed with us and talked about your goodness all the time. Thank you for showing me, even at a young age, my own real and wonderful relationship with you. And thank you so much for the promise of this passage being true as now Rob and I watch our kids grow in their own personal relationships with you. I love you so much, and I love this cycle that leads to all of us being together with you forever. And I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.