"We have heard with our ears, O God, our ancestors have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, our fathers [mothers] have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago" (Psalm 44:1).
The psalmist is speaking of the people's ancestors, as they were being delivered from the hands of the Egyptians. When we remember God's faithful deeds with our ancestors, it helps remind us of God's power an ability to care for us in the present and future.
Most of our ancestors have stories of God's delivering them from tribulation. My ancestors are no different. When my mother was four year old, she came down with a serious fever. Just as her fever hit, so did a powerful North Dakota blizzard. They lived in a tiny community of Alice, many miles from a doctor, and with no way to travel.
The family tried fluids, aspirin, even an ice bath, but nothing brought down her temperature. The family was scared she would soon die. My mother's grandfather was a man of deep faith, and he had been reading a Christian Science book entitled, Science and Health: With
Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy. Her grandfather opened the book and read its prayers, and then passages of Scripture. As he read and prayed, my mother's temperature slowly but continually went down, until it was back to normal.
You can understandably claim that the aspirin kicked in, or that her body adapted and she recovered on her own. But my mother's parents and grandparents, rational and educated individuals, defended their belief that the Holy Spirit delivered my mother from death that snowy night.
If you are fortunate enough to have older family still alive, ask them about stories of God caring for your ancestors. Perhaps you remember one of those stories in your family. Tell it to someone else in your family. The events of your ancestors brought faith through the Holy Spirit. Continue that legacy by passing on the stories of deliverance the next generation. As they provided faith to previous generations, they will renew faith for generations to come.