A psalm of Asaph. O my people, listen to my teaching. Open your ears to what I am saying,
for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past --
stories we have heard and know, stories our ancestors handed down to us.
We will not hide these truths from our children but will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD. We will tell of his power and the mighty miracles he did.
For he issued his decree to Jacob; he gave his law to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children,
so the next generation might know them -- even the children not yet born -- that they in turn might teach their children.
So each generation can set its hope anew on God, remembering his glorious miracles and obeying his commands.
Then they will not be like their ancestors -- stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God.