I will exalt you, my God the King;
I will praise your name for ever and ever.
2 Every day I will praise you
and extol your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.
4 One generation will commend your works to another;
they will tell of your mighty acts.
5 They will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty,
and I will meditate on your wonderful works.
6 They will tell of the power of your awesome works,
and I will proclaim your great deeds.
7 They will celebrate your abundant goodness
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
8 The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
9 The LORD is good to all;
he has compassion on all he has made.
10 All you have made will praise you, O LORD;
your saints will extol you.
11 They will tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might,
so that all men may know of your mighty acts
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
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Yesterday we thought about how the church can love one another by reaching across cultures.
We saw how this is counter-cultural – even though the world tries to separate people based on cultures,
in the church we desire for unity.
The same could be said about today’s subject: loving one another by being cross-generational.
Much like reaching across cultures, reaching across generations isn’t popular in today’s world, and it’s
often not very easy.
In some ways, church life is less difficult when we separate people by their age group. Often
there are different desires, different needs, and different ways to minister to age groups. And there are
times when this is appropriate – for example, high school students are particularly susceptible to peer
pressure, sexual temptation, and questions of identity, so it’s good for them to have time with the youth
group to address those kinds of concerns.
But we have to be careful to stop ourselves from simply pigeonholing people. Those three listed
concerns for teenagers could also be ones that pop up later in life. And other issues that we might
associate with other age groups could apply to younger people, too.
Being cross-generational means that we’re in this together, no matter what our age is. It means
that those with a wealth of experience in the Christian life share that wisdom with others. It means that
those with excess energy are quick to serve. It means that one generation calls to the next, telling of
Challenge: If you haven’t already, interact with someone from a different age category from church this
Pray that you would be able to see past age as the biggest factor for identifying who you are.