1 O my people, listen to my instructions.
Open your ears to what I am saying,
2 for I will speak to you in a parable.
I will teach you hidden lessons from our past—
3 stories we have heard and known,
stories our ancestors handed down to us. NLT
This psalm was constructed as a speech to be recited to listeners, not just a chapter to be read by readers. So, if you are able, read verses 1-3 out-loud.
What does the speaker of this psalm want to accomplish in verses 1-3?
What is a parable? How does a parable sometimes help people understand deep statements of truth more personally than a lecture about the truth?
What stories do you think the speaker of this psalm will be sharing?
::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::
The speaker of this psalm feels compelled to share the stories about God that were passed down through the generations and that he has heard himself. What stories about God were passed down through the generations to you? What have you heard about God that you might be responsible to teach to the next generations?