Monday, June 27, 2011

A Father of the fatherless....

Today I wanted to share some favorite verses of mine that we sang in church yesterday:

"Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. God setteth the solitary in families"
Psalm 68:4-6a

Duck Family in a Row

"He praises God for his glorious appearances, and calls upon us to praise him, to sing to his name, and extol him as a gracious God, a God of mercy and tender compassion. He is great, but he despises not any, being a God of great power, he uses his power for the relief of those that are distressed. The fatherless, the widows, the solitary, find him a God all-sufficient to them. Observe how much God's goodness is his glory. He that rides on the heavens by his name Jah, one would think should immediately have been adored as King of kings and Lord of lords, and the sovereign director of all the affairs of states and nations; he is so, but this he rather glories in, that he is a Father of the fatherless. Though God be high, yet has he respect unto the lowly. Happy are those that have an interest in such a God as this. He that rides upon the heavens is a Father worth having;  happy are the people whose God is the Lord.

(1.) When families are bereaved of their head God takes care of them, and is himself their head; and the widows and the fatherless children shall find that in him which they have lost in the relation that is removed, and infinitely more and better. He is a Father of the fatherless, to pity them, to bless them, to teach them, to provide for them, to portion them. He will preserve them alive, and with him they shall find mercy. They have liberty to call him Father, and to plead their relation to him as their guardian. He is a judge or patron of the widows, to give them counsel and to redress their grievances, to own them and plead their cause. He has an ear open to all their complaints and a hand open to all their wants.

(2.) When families are to be built up he is the founder of them: God sets the solitary in families, brings those into comfortable relations that were lonely, gives those a convenient settlement that were unsettled."
 Matthew Henry

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