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David and the Children
In Chapter 14, Spurgeon exegetes the verse in Psalm 34 that serves as the title for this book:
“Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD.” [Psalms 34:11 ESV]
NOTE: Spurgeon’s book was, of course, based on the wording of the King James Version of the Bible which is slightly different than the ESV Version.]
Spurgeon notes that this Psalm was written by David following the change in his behavior in front of Abimelech. In those events, which are related in 1 Samuel 21:10-15, David pretended to be insane before the King of Gath in order to escape from him. Spurgeon points out that, only after David had lowered himself to pretending to be a drooling madman subjected to the scorn of children did he finally discover his duty. Spurgeon explains:
“In after days, when David sang songs of praise to Jehovah, recollecting how he had become the laughing-stock of little children, he seemed to say, “Ah! by my folly before the children in the streets, I have lowered myself in the estimation of generations that shall live after me; now I will endeavour to undo the mischief,—”Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.'”
Tripp explains that the benchmarks for this period are “the onset of puberty and the time when the child leaves home to establish a home of his own.” If one words sums up this time in a child’s life, it is insecurity. The child is no longer a child yet is still not an adult. They feel vulnerable and worry about their appearance. They are anxious about their understanding of life and “unstable in the world of ideas.” They are apprehensive about their personality. Against this backdrop of insecurity, they are trying to establish their own individual and independent identity. While kids at this stage of development require more guidance than ever before, they are resistant to any attempt to limit them.
Many times these years are marked by rebellion which can be just an attempt to establish an individual identity. Other times, though, rebellion could be caused by deeper issues. In some kids, rebellion is just the expression of something that has been their the whole time. Tripp does point out though that it is a fallacy to think that a kid becomes a rebel because of the company he keeps. Rather, he explains, kids who are already rebellious tend to find other rebels to hang out with.Read More
In the last chapter, the author laid out 6 shaping influences which impact our children, but he was quick to point out that it is not shaping influences alone which determine the types of people our kids will grow up to be. Mr. Tripp explains that regardless of the shaping influences in a child’s life, it is his Godward orientation that determines how he will react to those influences.
Mr. Tripp points to Proverbs 9:7-10 for guidance. Here is that verse from the English Standard Version:
7 Whoever corrects a scoffer gets himself abuse,
and he who reproves a wicked man incurs injury.
8 Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you;
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser;
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,
and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight.
Tripp makes the observation that, “It is the fear of the Lord that makes one wise and it is wisdom that determines how he responds to correction.”