Words from the Heart for Sunday June 18th, 2017
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.
Psalm 103:13 (NIV)
The Lord has Compassion
In this year’s emphasis on “the fear of Lord”, there is a special promise to all the fathers who fear the Lord. They will know the Lord’s tender, faithful love from their Heavenly Father. The father who fears the Lord will have divine help with his family. Ask the Lord to show you a father today who needs your words of appreciation. Let them know they are honoured by you!
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. There is none as famous as Sir John A. Macdonald. The Glasgow-born lawyer has been described as “a schemer, alcoholic, gifted orator, wit and, the father of the Canadian nation.” MacDonald established his legal practice in Kingston Ontario, and was elected to the colonial parliament of the United Provinces of Canada in 1844. The Colonial political system at the time was unstable, and MacDonald become convinced that the answer was the union of all the British colonies in North America in a new nation. His presence dominated the three conferences leading to Confederation and crafted the compromises resulting in the union of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. He died in office as Canada’s Prime Minister in 1891.
My wife and I are at an interesting time in our lives. All three of our adult sons are married, and two have children – we have four grandchildren. It is a great blessing to watch our sons in their roles as dads. It is obvious how much they love their children and their children love them back. They are strong, but caring and compassionate fathers, disciplining when needing to, directing when necessary and showing love always. The Bible uses such fathers as a beautiful illustration of God’s relationship to us. David writes this in Psalm 103:13: “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” We often think that God as Father is a New Testament concept. And while Jesus spoke of God as Father, since he is God the Son, and taught us when we pray to begin “Our Father, who is in heaven,” David here clearly sees God in the role of a loving Father. We see in these words of King David a hint of what Jesus taught when He told His followers that God is to seen as Abba, giving us that same sense of intimacy that a small child has with his or her daddy. This is a profound thought. The Creator of the universe longs for the same relationship that a loving dad has with his children. Is this how you see your relationship with God?
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’