Our Compassionate Father

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. – Psalm 103:13-14

I would especially speak today of the comfortable thought that the believer in Christ has a father in the almighty ruler of the universe. In one sense, as our creator, God is the father of all mankind, but not in the tender and endearing sense in which, for Christ’s sake, the believer is encouraged to call God his father. In the apostle’s words: “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” They “have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba Father.” These are “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.”

The believer in Christ may take very great comfort from our short passage. It assures him that God has a very tender, gracious feeling toward him – a fatherly feeling – and that far beyond the strongest parental feeling any human creature could have. It assures the Christian that the Almighty has a perfect knowledge of him in every respect: soul and body are alike known and understood, so to speak, by their maker. We learn, from this passage, that God has a most tender and compassionate feeling for those that fear Him, and that His perfect knowledge of their frames, remembering they are but dust, will never suffer Him to lay upon any of His servants more than they can bear. How should this firm persuasion move us to trust more and more in Him, who is indeed a father to His people! And how delightful is it to observe the mercies – countless, welcome, acceptable, and appropriate – that daily come to the believer! How precious in our sight are daily exemptions from trial, relief from anxiety, and all other mercies when we thank god for them! All minor mercies and comforts are the more acceptable when received as drops from the Eternal Fountain of love.