To fathers on Father’s Day. Whether you follow Judeo-Christian principles or not there is a powerful metaphor for all fathers in the 23rd Psalm ? The idea that a father is a Shepherd. You are the Shepherd of your family and children. You need to keep watch over your family, especially in their growing up years. The Psalm is often read at funerals, but it is not a “song for the dead”! It is for the living.
The Psalm speaks of the essence of what a committed father, not just a father God, should be for his children. Here is a list of what I see being called out for us as fathers.
- Leading and Meeting their needs
- Green Pastures…our children should not want for love, nutrition, and direction. We must insist that they choose a rich environment to become an adult learner and responsible for not only their lives, but those less fortunate.
- Still Waters…be a place where they can come to gain clarity and depth of being. With so much turmoil in the lives of children and growing up in today’s world…you may be the one place of solace and pause for reflection they get.
- Restoration of the Soul…to help them heal when their wounds are spiritual and deeply troubling times come upon them. Who better than a father to be a place of restoration and power.
- Righteousness…to advocate for living from their values and taking a stand for what is good, right, and not always popular.
- Protecting, Guiding, and Blessing their lives
- Walking with them together through the shadowy and darker times. Don’t leave them when it counts most and don’t do it for them.
- Your children are comforted to know that you have their best interests in mind…even when they don’t! They are comforted by your guiding hand that keeps them from potential harm. Your wisdom is needed and not appreciated sometimes until years later.
- You must be a calming spirit when times are stressful take time to communicate and be available
- Blessing your children with the abundance of confidence that can only come from a father who never, ever gives up on his children.
- Attitude and Choice
- Role model that you can choose how you will view your life. You can instill in your children that you will seek goodness and mercy regardless of life’s circumstances.
- How you choose to spend your life and eternity is a powerful example to your children. It is more powerful than words. To dwell in the house of the Lord is a choice we all can make.
I hope you enjoyed a little different spin on this most well known Psalm written by David. David was a man seeking after God’s heart even after all his shortcomings and accomplishments.