Hear my teaching, O my people; incline your ears to the words of my mouth. — Psalm 78:1.
The psalmist has stories to tell and he wants his audience to listen. This morning I read this psalm, and the commentator asks — “Who are our storytellers today?” Good question.
I might say today’s storytellers are the TV and movie writers who work for what seems to be thousands of channels. But I am old-fashioned in my vision of the storytelling world. There are comic books and video games. There are computer games so complex I wouldn’t know how to turn them on. Then there is social media with its opinions. How about advertisers? Are they not storytellers? Then of course there are authors like me who write books, post blogs, and engage in things such as podcasts.
Yet, our psalmist makes a good point. There is still a lot to be said for pulling up a chair and listening to an elder tell us the stories of old. Those “stories of praiseworthy deeds and the power of the Lord” are still worth our attention. Who will tell those stories?