Walk about Zion, go around her,
number her towers,
consider well her ramparts,
go through her citadels,
that you may tell the next generation
that this is God,
our God forever and ever.
He will guide us forever Psalm 48:12-14
Zion is another word for Jerusalem, where God dwelt in His Temple. It was His holy city on earth. But for Christians, God dwells with them and His Spirit in them. Paul said we are His temple. His angels guard us. So what are we to tell the next generation?
That God is our refuge and our strength, our very present help in times of attack. The towers were where the guards night and day stood watching for the enemy’s attacks. The Holy Spirit watches and warns us when temptations, evil and danger is lurking. The ramparts were defensive barriers that surrounded the city making it harder for attackers to get to it. God’s Word through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ is our defense. The citadels were the strongest inner parts of the city where people could run for shelter. When our strength seems weak, we can still run into the arms of our Loving Father and be sheltered.
So teach the Holy Trinity. Teach by example, so your children, no matter what their age, can see in times of difficult circumstances, you relied on God and He came through. That in times of despair, you hid in His embrace. That in times of temptation, you heeded the warning cry and turned to prayer. That no matter what, we can always turn to God and He will be our guide. Teach that.
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