Destiny of Orphans

For my father and my mother have forsaken me, But the LORD will take me up. (‭Psalms‬ ‭27‬:‭10‬ NASB)

This Psalm by David reflects his innermost cries to the LORD with verse 4 of him desiring to be in the house of the LORD all the days of his life. 

Verse 10 caught my attention where often times quoted to illustrate us as adopted children of God. As I looked at David’s life from this aspect, the times his family were mentioned, they had very low regard of him. David’s family were never mentioned after his defeat of Goliath. Even when he became the king of Judah and later, of Israel, there was no mention of his parents and siblings joining him in his kingdom. As this verse suggests, they abandoned him. 

It is amazing how this boy without the guidance and protection of natural parents grew up to be upright and full of wisdom. God was His father. God brought him up, trained him and equipped him. Perhaps he may not be who he was if his parents were present and God would not have been able to have full liberty in executing the molding process. 

Family situations and attitudes towards a person might be formative, but their absence puts the child in the hand of God resulting in a totally different outcome. 

Righteous Foundation

Psalm 11 (NASB)

1 In the Lord I take refuge;
How can you say to my soul, “Flee as a bird to your mountain;
For, behold, the wicked bend the bow,
They make ready their arrow upon the string
To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart.
If the foundations are destroyed,
What can the righteous do?”

The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven;
His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
The Lord tests the righteous and the wicked,
And the one who loves violence His soul hates.
Upon the wicked He will rain snares;
Fire and brimstone and burning wind will be the portion of their cup.
For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness;
The upright will behold His face.

Struck me hard as I read the first three verses of this short Psalm. There is a time to flee when temptations come. When the wicked are attacking the righteous, King David rebukes the advise to flee as a bird to the mountain! It is a fatalistic voice that calls for a resignation of the defeat of the righteous. This voice makes the righteous looks to self & the attack of the evil and therefore all is hopeless. There are many times whereby I feel defeated just by looking around and also within myself.

King David puts everything into perspective. God in His holy temple and seated on His heavenly throne. The battle is the Lord’s. God loves righteousness and He will set things right in His time. He sees all that is going on. Love the promise for the righteous at the end – to behold His face. May we press in to the day when we will behold His face!