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A Father’s Heart

Weekly Devotionals

A Father’s Heart

Psalm 103:8-16
He is merciful and tender toward those who don’t deserve it; he is slow to get angry and full of kindness and love. He never bears a grudge, nor remains angry forever. He has not punished us as we deserve for all our sins, for his mercy toward those who fear and honor him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him. For he knows we are but dust and that our days are few and brief, like grass, like flowers, blown by the wind and gone forever.

As parents, it’s easy to lose our cool with the kids, and patience may especially be in short supply these days. I find myself barking orders and getting easily triggered. Recently I went overboard and it wasn’t about loving discipline. It was anger and lack of control.

This Psalm reminds me of our loving Father, who is slow to anger, never bears a grudge, tender, sympathetic and He even removes our sins. Why? Because of His love and because he knows we are dust, fragile and easily blown by the wind.

It moves me to repentance, not just to God, but also to my own kids. It takes a lot of humility to say sorry to our kids and admit to the little ones who look up to us that we make the same mistakes. I need to go down to their level and admit that I’m also a child at heart, rebellious and lacking control. I read this Psalm and realize I’m the opposite many times; unmerciful and not tender, quick to get angry and lacking in kindness, bearing a grudge, and punishing as they deserve instead of giving mercy and sympathy. I fail to grasp that they too are dust.

The amazing thing about young kids is how much they reflect God’s heart. If you ever make a mistake or apologize to kids, they instantly forgive. They forget all wrongs and every sin is forgiven with a hug and they never bear a grudge. Our kids wear two faces: I see the seeds of sin that come from me but I also see the image of the Father written on their hearts.

My prayer for my kids as they grow is more of Him and less of me.