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Summary: This Fathers Day sermon includes a touching story to illustrate the love of a father.

A FATHER'S LOVE!

PSALM 38:1-22

1 O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your wrath, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure!

2 For Your arrows pierce me deeply, And Your hand presses me down.

3 There is no soundness in my flesh Because of Your anger, Nor any health in my bones Because of my sin.

4 For my iniquities have gone over my head; Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

5 My wounds are foul and festering Because of my foolishness.

6 I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

7 For my loins are full of inflammation, And there is no soundness in my flesh.

8 I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil of my heart.

9 Lord, all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You.

Let’s skip down to Verse 17

17 For I am ready to fall, And my sorrow is continually before me.

18 For I will declare my iniquity; I will be in anguish over my sin.

19 But my enemies are vigorous, and they are strong; And those who hate me wrongfully have multiplied.

20 Those also who render evil for good, They are my adversaries, because I follow what is good.

21 Do not forsake me, O LORD; O my God, be not far from me!

22 Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!

On this Fathers Day, I’d like to tell you a story

about a father and his son.

An incredible event took place August 3, 1992

at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.

A runner from England, Derek Redmond,

wanted to win a gold medal in the 400-meter race.

Derek had trained hard and faithfully for 4 years.

Well, the day for the 400-meter race arrived.

There were 64 runners representing different countries

entered in the race.

That meant there would be 8 qualifying runs...

and the winners of those 8 races

would compete in the Final Race for the Gold Medal.

Derek Redmond drew lane 3 in his qualifying heat.

The starting gun sounded

and he got off to a good start.

At the half-way point...200-meters...Derek was running 2nd.

He took the lead at the 300-meters mark

and he began to pull away from the rest of the runners.

Derek rounded the turn into the backstretch.

Suddenly, Derek felt a sharp pain go up the back of his leg.

He ran for a few steps…and then he began to stumble.

His father, Jim Redmond, watching from the stands...

knew right away what was happening to his son.

We’ll...get back to Derek and his race in a minute.

We fathers are running in a race.

1 Corinthians 9:24 compares life to a race.

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.

Hebrews 12:1 says: Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,

As we fathers run our race through life,

sometimes we run into a problem.

A very painful experience hits us.

We struggle to keep going..

and sometimes we stumble badly.

In those times...

we need to remember that what happens to us

has been noticed.

Point #1. OUR HEAVENLY FATHER NOTICES WHEN WE ARE WEAK AND STRUGGLING:

Verse 3-9: 3 There is no soundness in my flesh Because of Your anger, Nor any health in my bones Because of my sin.

4 For my iniquities have gone over my head; Like a heavy burden they are too heavy for me.

5 My wounds are foul and festering Because of my foolishness.

6 I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long.

7 For my loins are full of inflammation, And there is no soundness in my flesh.

8 I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil of my heart.

9 Lord, all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You.

Sometimes we fathers want others to think

that everything is okay

that we are in control.

We don't want any pity.

So we put on a mask of courage…

and an outward show of strength.

We may fool others around us.

We might succeed in protecting our image,

but our situation is not hidden from God!

God never fails to see what is happening to us!

God knows when we are hurting.

God sees!

God knows! And God cares!

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