HE first dozen verses of Psalm 78 tell us the purpose of the remaining 60 verses. Looking back, Asaph saw much failure in his ancestry. Although God had done great things for His people, they had miserably neglected Him and had not lived by faith. So, in looking forward to the future, Asaph recognized that his generation needed to learn from the past and that they needed to teach the up and coming generations well in order to protect them from making the same mistakes that their forefathers had made.
Now, Asaph wasn't revisiting historical narratives just for the sake of curiosity, he had moral and spiritual objectives. There were two topical objectives in Asaph's history lesson. He first wanted his children and grandchildren to know of God's mighty power so that they would praise Him. Secondly, he knew that they needed to know God's commandments. Knowledge of God's power can motivate us move, but His commandments show us the proper direction of those movements. Together, awe and law can cause "hope in God" to be affected in the hearts of young people (Psalm 78:7).
To teach well, there are a few primary considerations which must be in order. The curriculum must be accurate. People are better off in ignorance than they are being propagandized or brainwashed with erroneous philosophies, manufactured data or hollow legends. In reading Psalm 78:13-72, it is obvious that Asaph was using the Holy Scriptures as his textbook, so he was off to a good start. It is also essential that the information taught be evidently pertinent. As Asaph lived daily in the light of the Word, he was able to demonstrate just how vital the truth was to his pupils. Thirdly, the students must, to some degree, be studious. Teaching and training is not really possible if one has no willing disciples (Proverbs 17:10 & Psalm 78:1).