“Father of orphans and defender of widows is God in his holy habitation.” Psalm 68:5
Ankeny United Church of Christ is up to Psalm 68 as they read through the Psalms a chapter (or less) at a time during Sunday worship. Since I’m a bit of Psalm nerd when Pastor Nathan asked me to fill the pulpit I immediately spent time reading, reflecting, and then studying Psalm 68.
On first read I was taken by all the images – names – for God:
- One who rides the clouds!
- Guardian of orphans
- Defender of widows
- Giver of a home to the lonely
- Redeemer of the prisoner
- Leader through the wasteland
- Sender of rain
- Refresher of land
- Provider for the poor
That’s just the first ten verses!
The next verses are about God the mighty Warrior. Which I’d like to ignore. But it got me thinking.
- How do the names we use for God shape our faith?
- How do those names shape the way we treat others?
What is your favorite name for God? How does it shape your faith?