Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Psalmist David describes God as a father to the alone and abandoned.

Psalm 68:5  A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.  (NIV)

What a comfort to know that if you are father-less . . . that is not the end of the story!  God will step up on your behalf.  As you can see in this verse God is all about the weak.  Albert Barnes wrote, “Nothing suggests more strikingly a state of helplessness and dependence than the condition of orphan children and widows; nothing, therefore, conveys a more affecting description of the character of God – of his condescension and kindness – than to say that he will take the place of the parent in the one case, and be a protector in the other.”

In the Old Testament book of II Chronicles chapter 16 it reads:   “The eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His”. Imagine, God on His throne acting as a “father to the fatherless”, to the outcasts of society, to the persecuted Christians, the alone and helpless — God’s eyes are ranging back and forth looking for those He may strongly support!

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