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The 27th day – We are fearfully and wonderfully made.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
— Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

Psalm 139 is possibly the most intimate Psalm out of all that composed by King David. It is full of David’s praises for God’s personal interest in every aspect of his life. Let us have a good look at this beautiful psalm:

Psalm 139

 1 You have searched me, LORD, 
   and you know me. 
2 You know when I sit and when I rise; 
   you perceive my thoughts from afar. 
3 You discern my going out and my lying down; 
   you are familiar with all my ways. 
4 Before a word is on my tongue 
   you, LORD, know it completely. 
5 You hem me in behind and before, 
   and you lay your hand upon me. 
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, 
   too lofty for me to attain.

 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? 
   Where can I flee from your presence? 
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; 
   if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, 
   if I settle on the far side of the sea, 
10 even there your hand will guide me, 
   your right hand will hold me fast. 
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me 
   and the light become night around me,” 
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; 
   the night will shine like the day, 
   for darkness is as light to you.

 13 For you created my inmost being; 
   you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
   your works are wonderful, 
   I know that full well. 
15 My frame was not hidden from you 
   when I was made in the secret place, 
   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; 
   all the days ordained for me were written in your book 
   before one of them came to be. 
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! 
   How vast is the sum of them! 
18 Were I to count them, 
   they would outnumber the grains of sand— 
   when I awake, I am still with you.
   … 

In this Psalm, it depicts that David knows whatever people may say about God, and whatever they may say about us, God knows us, watches over us, guards and guides us like a perfect father.

Sometimes we don’t let people get to know us completely because we frighten that they will discover somethings about us that they won’t like. But God already knows everything about us, even to the number of hairs on our heads, and still he accepts and loves us. God is with us through every situation, in every trial – protecting, loving, guiding and guarding. He knows and loves us absolute 100%.

We are Indeed fearfully and wonderfully made by the hands of the world’s greatest Father. From the womb to the tomb, our Father invests in our lives personally. — Mark Stibbe

The 26th Day – The LORD is compassionate and gracious

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him. —- Psalm 103:13 (NIV)

Psalm 103 is one of the most famous of David’s psalms. His praises focused on the good things God was doing for him. It is easy to complain about life, but David’s list gives us plenty for which to praise God – He forgives our sins, heals our diseases, redeems us from death, crowns us with love and compassion, satisfies our desires, and gives righteousness and justice. We receive all of these without deserving any of them. No matter how difficult your life’s journey, you can always count your blessings – past, present, and future. when you feel as though you have nothing for which to praise God, read David’s list: 

Psalm 103 – Of David.

 1 Praise the LORD, my soul; 
   all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 
2 Praise the LORD, my soul, 
   and forget not all his benefits— 
3 who forgives all your sins 
   and heals all your diseases, 
4 who redeems your life from the pit 
   and crowns you with love and compassion, 
5 who satisfies your desires with good things 
   so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 6 The LORD works righteousness 
   and justice for all the oppressed.

 7 He made known his ways to Moses, 
   his deeds to the people of Israel: 
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, 
   slow to anger, abounding in love. 
9 He will not always accuse, 
   nor will he harbor his anger forever; 
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve 
   or repay us according to our iniquities. 
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, 
   so great is his love for those who fear him; 
12 as far as the east is from the west, 
   so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

 13 As a father has compassion on his children, 
   so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; 
14 for he knows how we are formed, 
   he remembers that we are dust. 
15 The life of mortals is like grass, 
   they flourish like a flower of the field; 
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, 
   and its place remembers it no more. 
17 But from everlasting to everlasting 
   the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, 
   and his righteousness with their children’s children— 
18 with those who keep his covenant 
   and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the LORD, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.
21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the LORD, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the LORD, my soul.

In verse 13, it reveals that God is like a father – tender and compassionate. not every child has a tender and compassionate father, however, too often, sadly, the cycles of abuse and dysfunction rob children of loving fathers. if that is your situation, God offers himself to you to be the FATHER YOU NEVER HAD or perhaps felt you never needed. Of course, you can’t physically ‘go for a walk’ with God or be held in his arms, however, you can receive his LOVE in your heart by means of his Holy Spirit. God can tenderly heal your deep loss.

 

The 25th day – A father to the fatherless

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. — Psalm 68:5 (NIV)

As we known, God has clearly emphasized his concerns about two special groups of people right back to Moses’ time: 1) Those who have lost their fathers 2) Those who have lost their husbands. Why? In fact, orphans are mentioned 40 times, widows 56 times, “orphans and widows’ 30 times in the Old Testament. These two groups of people must have something that evokes special compassion from God.

In today’s verse, King David accentuates that God LOVES those who are fatherless and widowed. He is present in love for both groups in his holy dwelling.

I thought it is worth to present the verses before and after in order to give you a better picture, as follows:

“4 Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the LORD.

5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

6 God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.”

Additionaly, here are some facts related to the fatherless:

28% of all children in the world live without their biological father.

90% of runaways and homeless children come from fatherless homes.

85% of all youth in prison come from fatherless homes.

75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes.

3 out 4 adolescent suicides happen in fatherless homes.

As usual,  I would like to show an amazing video, please watch:

In our world today, there are more fatherless people than ever, there is a pressing need to rediscover this expression of the Father’s merciful heart.

God, the Father is saying to you: ‘You are beautiful, my dear child, I love you!’

The 24th day – Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me

Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me — Psalm 27:10 (NIV)

I feel that it is getting more and more excited everyday as the verses go on. Today we are on Psalm 27, which is an amazing song of praise that can touch the deepest corner of our hearts. If you would like to know more than just one verse, please watch this video below:

In this Psalm King David gives praise for the fact that while others may abandon us, our father in heaven is always there for us and ready to welcome and hold us. 

Psalm 9 has also similar verses:

9The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. 10And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

Though earthly fathers and mothers may walk out on us, our Heavenly Father will always be there for us!

How our fatherless world needs to hear this today!