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September 12, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him”—Psalm 103:13 (NKJV)
This Father’s Day, let’s do something a bit different. Instead of focusing on how God makes us feel, let’s look at how we make God feel. For, as amazing as this is going to sound, God tells us in His Word that we evoke emotions in His heart!
Before we get to that particular passage, imagine a toddler that’s wandered off and gotten lost in a public place. A sudden shock settles over them when they’re separated from the only source of comfort and protection they’ve ever known. It’s a frighteningly foreign feeling and their tear-streaked face tells the story of what’s happening inside.
Now, you happen to stumble across that small child. You see them shaking and shivering there in a busy corridor, paralyzed by fear. What would you do? I’m willing to guess that you wouldn’t just walk past them as if noting had happened. No! You would be naturally moved by their plight, and if you even have half a heart, you would do whatever it took to get that toddler back into the protective arms of their parents.
What moved you in that moment was pity, which is properly defined as, “a deeply rooted affection for something smaller and weaker than one’s own self.” Pity is what naturally floods into the heart of an able-bodied adult on behalf of a bewildered and helpless child. And I think we can all agree that pity is quite a powerful emotion.
Back to how we make God feel. He tells us in the Psalm above that as a father pities his own children, the Lord pities those who fear (or more literally trust) Him.
Most of us know God defines Himself as a Father to those who trust in Him. He’s our Heavenly Father. But we usually accept this as a general formality without really thinking through the significance of how deep and strong His emotions run towards us . . . how we make Him feel as our Father.
He pities us . . . and it isn’t a negative thing! Again, pity is a powerful emotion. Without hesitation, it compels us to defend, protect, and rescue those who are helpless and weak. How much more so when it comes to how our all-powerful and perfect Heavenly Father feels about us!
DIG: What emotion do we produce in God?
DISCOVER: How does this feeling move God in regards to us? In light of this, what’s the best way to respond to your Heavenly Father this Father’s Day?
DISPLAY: Spend time today thanking and praising our Father for His perfect and compassionate pity towards us.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.