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Summary: We have a loving Father who is with us and wants to provide for us, protect and comfort us, even discipline us so that we might one day be with Him in eternity.

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Father of the Fatherless

06/21/09 PM

Text: Psalm 68:4-5

Introduction

As we observed this morning, today is Father’s day and so we are going to continue with our consideration not of a father from scripture but the Father of scripture and the Father of all who believe; our Father in heaven.

Psalms 68:4 (NASB) “A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.”

We do not always have the perfect family life while we live in this world. There are expectations we may have of what a father should be and should do for his children; as a provider, a protector, even as a corrector, disciplining his children as needed. But in this world, dealing with its limitations and the limitations of those who live with us in this world, we may and often are disappointed when our earthly fathers fail to meet our expectations.

But we have no such concerns with our Heavenly Father who does and will provide all our expectations and will never fail to do what is absolutely in our best interest.

I. Fatherless

A. Before Jesus, we are all without the Father

Ephesians 2:12 (NASB) “remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

B. Accept that all who believe are children of God

1. Paul in his letter to the Galatians:

Galatians 3:26 - 29 (NASB) For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.

Galatians 4:4 - 5 (NASB) “But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, so that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.”

2. Paul in his letter to the Romans:

Romans 8:16-17 (NASB) “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, said that we cry out to God for He is our Father and we are His children”

And as our Father, God will fulfill all our expectations – and more.

Ephesians 3:20 (NASB) Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

II. Father of the Fatherless

He will fill that father role in the lives of any who accept Him:

Psalms 68:4 (NASB) “A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.”

A. Provider:

He provides even the most basic of our needs. Matthew 6:26

B. Comforter and Protector:

1. In times of trouble, we can run to Him for comfort.

Psalms 32:7 (NASB) You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.


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