“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?
You always make me think!
You’re reply makes me smile!