But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise. ~ Psalm 79:13
Parents Pasture is a blog site created primarily to minister to the families whose lives have intersected in some way with Salem4Youth Ranch. Psalm 79:13 is a verse that will be highly visible throughout this site as it speaks so pointedly to Christian parents. This statement was penned when God’s people were suffering difficult times, it is the final statement of a prayer to God for deliverance in trouble. From this simple sentence we can take three themes that should speak to us as we work to please God through the difficulties of parenting children.
The author, speaking on behalf of the people, recognizes their right relationship to God. They are His people, they are of His pasture. This implies a submission to God, and a relinquishing of control and pride. This is also a plea to God to remember them based on his possession of them; it is an appeal to a relationship that exists.
Second, the people look forward with faith and gratitude to the future acts of God. Their circumstances are dark, but they know to whom they belong, and they know that God is faithful and true. They look forward with trust and thankfulness for what God will do.
Lastly, they recognize the need to pass on this faith in God and gratitude for His works to their children. There is a generational focus here. They recognize that they belong to God, they trust Him to be their shepherd, and they promise to pass this faith on to their children and their children’s children in such a way that God will be praised for generations to come.
So it should be with us. It is our prayer that through this effort, the parents and grandparents who visit this site will be encouraged, taught, and challenged as they seek to follow God and raise Godly teenagers through difficult times. That we will all be able echo the thoughts of Charles Spurgeon when he wrote:
“We have a history which will survive all other records, and it is bright in every line with the glory of the Lord. From the direst calamities God’s glory springs, and the dark days of his people become the prelude to unusual displays of the Lord’s love and power.” (C.H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David)