“Let this be recorded for a generation to come, so that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD: that he looked down from his holy height; from heaven the LORD looked at the earth, to hear the groans of the prisoners, to set free those who were doomed to die” (Psalm 102:18-20).
These verses would be helpful as a daily reminder of the sum of our spiritual history:
That God—in his glory, majesty, and great holiness—deigned to look on the plight of his human creatures.
That we—in the brokenness and misery of sin—could but groan as “prisoners… doomed to die.”
That Christ—in humility and infinite love—came to earth as a prisoner and put his own head on the chopping block that we may be spared.
That now—in the light of so great a salvation—we have but to praise the Lord and teach our kids to do the same.
In that light, it is little wonder what the psalmist says our purpose is in the next two verses: “that they may declare in Zion the name of the LORD, and in Jerusalem his praise, when peoples gather together, and kingdoms, to worship the LORD” (102:21-22).