A father to the fatherless,
a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families,
he leads out the prisoners with singing;
but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
Psalm 68:5-6 NIV
A father to the fatherless…
I don’t have anything to share about my biological father, and I don’t have much to say about the man who took his place. Instead, I want to cast the spotlight onto my True Father, the God that never once gave up on me. The One who protected me throughout all the dangers involved in being a naive kid, on my own in the world at age sixteen.
Can I confess to you the ugly truth of what it truly means to be fatherless?
It leaves you open to predatory men.
Abusive men are generally cowards, and it only takes one male figure around for them to run the other way. No confrontation needed. They don’t even bother. But when you’re fatherless, you’re seen as a sitting duck. Easy prey.
That’s the ugly truth I learned.
Perhaps that’s why the verse also mentions widows (women) and not widowers (men). I do understand the sentiment of “I don’t need no man.” We don’t need boyfriends or husbands to be whole and happy. But we do need men, and even more so, we need the Holy Father.
God sets the lonely in families…
Life for me got very lonely. Because when you have to watch your own back 24/7, when you don’t know who to trust, when you’re young and naive and an easy target… well, you learn to keep to yourself. By my mid-20’s, my heart was hardened, and I was quite the loner.
But God never abandoned me.
Even before I gave my life to Christ, God set me in the most lovely family.
After many years of living in survival mode, God had mercy on me ~ before I even gave my life to Him! That’s how good He is. It wasn’t until April 2018 that I began to read the Bible for the first time, and by then God had set me in a lovely place.
I found myself surrounded by good people: A man who is definitely my better half, who shows me how to be a better follower of Jesus every day. (It makes me smile right now, because having lived in L.A. I’m a bit weary of the homeless, but he’ll stop and chat and offer to help. He’s so great! 🥰 ) My in-laws are peaceful, lovely people… Such a stark contrast to what I saw growing up. I feel safe, cared for, loved.
Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
extol him who rides on the clouds;
rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.
Psalm 68:4 NIV
I don’t usually share personal things online, but this I wanted to tell you. My goal is to show you all He’s done for me, all the promises He has fulfilled. Psalm 68 is a song. I hope you visit this verse on your own Bible ~ I encourage you to! ❤️
I would love to read about the promises God has fulfilled in your life, so if you’d like to share, the comments are open and your experience is welcome!
Take good care and God bless,
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