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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.
These are King David’s words concerning our Heavenly Father. He speaks here of the same God who had punished him for his sin with Bathsheba and watched as his son Absalom split his kingdom and forced his father to flee the City of David for his life. This is the same God David said was gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. St. Paul told us that when we pray to our Heavenly Father with needs, we should address Him as ABBA Father (Rom. 8:15). The translation of that term is “Daddy Daddy.” For me (and I’m not King David), I’ll just call Him “DAD.”
Seriously, I am one of the most fortunate people in the world to have been raised by a great DAD! He went to heaven in 2014. I wanted to throw that disclaimer in here because some who read this post will perhaps find it difficult to acknowledge God as a good DAD since they had a lousy one here on earth. But whether you had a great earthly father or not, it’s important that you know our Heavenly Father is comfortable being a fabulous DAD to anyone. When Israel wanted a king, the prophet Samuel was angry with them, and God said, “It’s not you they have rejected, it’s me.” You could almost see Him shedding tears in Heaven when He said that. He’s approachable. He longs for us to crawl up on His lap on bad days and cry on His shoulder. He calls us the “apple” of His eye. Who does that? Who longs for that? Why would He approach us that way? Because He wants us to know that He is our DAD.
Good morning, DAD. There I said it. You are that, and so much more to me. You’re my Heavenly Father for sure. You’re my confidant and protector and provider and banner of love and healer and standard for living. But beyond all that, You’re my DAD. Amen