Happy Father's Day - A Day of History - June 2022

by Pastor Pete Panitzke on June 19, 2022

“The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us” (1 Kings 8:57 KJV).

On this Father’s Day, King Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the temple is also ours. Whether God blessed us with a wonderful Christian father or not, we all have spiritual fathers for whom we can give thanks today. May their models of Christian repentance, confidence and prayer give us courage today.

David, our Spiritual Father

Many of the psalms numbering in the 50's provide history behind the psalm. Read Psalm 51-55.  David went through great personal and national hardships. Let his words help you as you go through your own hardships. 

  • Psalm 51 – surviving the guilt of moral failure. “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean!”
  • Psalm 52 – a prayer when evildoers are prospering. “I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God.”
  • Psalm 53 – another prayer when evildoers prosper. Note the middle verse: “Do all these evildoers know nothing?”
  • Psalm 54 – when you are betrayed. Again note the middle verse: “Surely God is my help; the Lord sustains me.”
  • Psalm 55 – another prayer when you are betrayed. “As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice."

The Apostles, our Spiritual Fathers

Click here to read Luke 21:1-19.  The apostles focused on the temple’s beauty. Jesus foretold it's destruction. Nothing lasts forever. But those who trust in Jesus - we shall never be destroyed, no matter what the hardships we endure. “Not a hair of your head will perish.”

Learning from our African American Spiritual Fathers

Today we observe Juneteenth, the end of slavery in the United States (read more here). It is a day to celebrate past victories over racial inequality and to rededicate ourselves to this effort. 

One of the gifts we receive from the African American stream of God’s Church is the ability to endure hardship. We celebrate today the “Balm of Gilead” that brought comfort and healing to Christian African Americans throughout 300 years of slavery. May their confidence be ours.

There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin-sick soul.
 
Some times I feel discouraged,
And think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit
Revives my soul again.
 
There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin-sick soul.
 
If you cannot sing like angels,
If you can’t preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,
And say He died for all.
 
There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin-sick soul.

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