Saturday, June 16, 2012

“A Father of the fatherless” - Psalm 68:5-6

"A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, i

s God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary in families; he brings out those who are bound into prosperity; but the rebellious dwell in a dry land." Psalm 68:5;6

Please note:

This following short topical (sermon) message only applies to Christians, as those who are believers, automatically possess the Triune God, as their Heavenly Father. Consequently, those who are "unregenerate" and, unbelieving, are "children of wrath" [Ephesians 2:1-10] As the Scripture says: ".....God is angry with the wicked every day." [Psalm 7:11] See also, Psalm 9:17. Please access the following message for further understanding:

"God is not your heavenly father unless you are one of His children"

This year (again), “Father’s Day” will be celebrated in US Christian churches. Preached from pulpits will be familiar and similar messages about the Scriptural and societal importance of fathers to their families. However, few sermon messages will [ever] focus on how the Triune God is father to those believing souls who never experienced any temporal (earthly) father’s physical presence and love, or to those whose fatherly presence and influence was abruptly cut short by either desertion, divorce or death.

The Old Testament Hebrew Scripture speaks of God as being "a father of the fatherless:"

“A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.” Psalm 68:5

But even when Christian believers who are fatherless are not befriended and loved by Christian believers, the God who uttered this Biblical promise will fulfill it to his believing children. Those fatherless disciples of Christ, who believe God’s promises, will reap His spiritual presence and help – and also, benefit with temporal (earthly) blessings. God does not lie. His promises are “gold” to those who believe! When God says that He will be a “father of the fatherless,” He intends to take the place of one’s earthly father and protect His own dear children.

[Please take note of the Scriptural references following this short topical message].

This Christian emeritus pastor has witnessed (in his lifetime) the fulfilled promise of God when He says:

“God sets the solitary in families; He brings out those who are bound into prosperity…….” Psalm 68:6

Allow me to give you a “for instance.” Many of those who have lost their fathers at an early age (or, before they were even born) are blest to know and experience the love and care of their grandfathers. Those (of those fatherless circumstances) who marry, come into families where they receive many blessings, among whom are, fathers-in-laws.

Certainly, nothing can diminish the ("almost") devestating emotional feelings of loss which a child [son or daughter] experiences, knowing that he (or she) will never know and experience the love and parental care of a deceased father. But, as our Heavenly Father, the Lord will not abandon His believing children. He notes their tears of sorrow [Psalm 56:8] and He continues to be the all (even more) important, heavenly (spiritual)father, of which relationship, is the most cherished relationship that a person can ever experience.

To those of you children of God, who are fatherless, – those of you who have experienced the recent or past loss of their young or elderly fathers – do not curse, but count your blessings! Cherish the precious and priceless experience of being the Heavenly Father’s own dear child. And, practice what the Scripture states:

“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Know that for a physical and spiritual reality, your Heavenly Father will not abandon you:

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

"He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" Romans 8:32

Note also: Romans 4:7-8 ; Romans 5:1 ; Romans 4:7-8 ; Philippians 3:8-9


What God ordains is always good.
He is my Friend and Father;
He suffers naught to do me harm,
Though many storms may gather.
Now I may know Both joy and woe,
Some day I shall see clearly
That He hath loved me dearly.

[The above hymn verse -- from "What God Ordains is Always Best," by Samuel Rodigast, 1649-1708]

Note: For all the verses to this hymn,
click here

Also, note:
"Ethel Waters - Eyes On The Sparrow" -

Children of the Heavenly Father - "Shortly before writing this hymn, Sandell and her father were on a boat trip, when he fell overboard and drowned before her eyes. It is thought this tragedy gave birth to the lyrics -

Please note: The musical tune of "Children of the Heavenly Father" - Scroll down andClick on "Play Song - Snippet"

Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:

The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

Psalm 68:5 - Principle verse - God, the "father" to the fatherless

Psalm 10:14 - God, "the helper of the fatherless"

Psalm 10:17-18 - God judges the fatherless and the oppressed to the extent that they are no more, oppressed.

Also note: Psalm 72:4 ; Psalm 82:3 ; Psalm 94:1-6 ; Psalm. 82:3-4 ; Deut. 10:18

Psalm 146:9 - God's relief to the fatherless

Job 31:16-17 - The godly principle for God's people to befriend the fatherless.

Note also: Job 29:12-13

Luke 11:13 - Christ's teaching on the heavenly father's lavish gifts to those of His children who ask of Him

Psalm 84:11 - God's gifts of grace and glory - good things to them who walk uprightly.

Luke 11:13 - God's gift of the Holy Spirit

2 Corinthians 9:8-15 - God's gift of "making 'all grace' to abound"

Psalm 146:9 - God's relief to the fatherless

Job 31:16-17 - The godly principle for God's people to befriend the fatherless.

Also note: Job 29:12-13 ; James 1:27

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.

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Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

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Note: This message (now updated with editing and new material) was previously posted on "The Christian Message" website.

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