I have been contemplating a father’s love recently because my wife and I just recently welcomed our daughter into the world. It is truly amazing how much I love this little person that has done nothing for me but cried, kept me up at night, made it hard for me to get out of my door, and made a larger financial burden on me. I love her more than words can ever express, and yet this points out to me how much more the Lord loves us.
Verses like John 3:16 point it out in my mind. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 BOGV) God loved us so much he gave up His one and only Son. We didn’t deserve for God to do this. We didn’t deserve it at all. This is the situation my little girl was in when she was born. She didn’t deserve anything from me. She hadn’t earned anything yet, but I loved her still. The emotions that went through me and struck me to the core couldn’t be changed.
It makes me think of the song How Deep the Father’s Love for Us. The words resonate in my spirit. “How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure, That He should give His only Son, To make a wretch His treasure” That is what the Lord thought of us. He loved us so much that He gave His only Son to redeem us. He didn’t do it because we deserved it, or had earned it but because He simply loved us that much. Our Triune God loved us so much that He fully gave His own life on the cross for our eternal destinies. That is what the Lord has been showing me in this brand new experience of becoming a father.
Well I’ve been silent recently and I apologize for that. I have been putting a lot of time in on other projects. The biggest thing that has happened here this month is my wife and I are now parents. We welcomed our little girl, Sophia, into our family on the 6th. We are so excited, there aren’t even words to express what we both feel about her.
This has led to the Psalm that I posted earlier this week and I have a new Thought in the works to express some of what I’ve been feeling and learning. This should be up tomorrow or sometime soon this week.
Really though what I have been up to has been working on the Epistle of Jude. I have been running it through edits and writing notes. As I am part of the Editorial Team over at Breath of God Ministries I have been putting a lot of time in on that book. I also wrote a commentary on the book that I will be coming out with shortly, but has been used to make study notes for the Breath of God Study Bible. You can read all about what we have done on their post about the project. The next thing to tackle on that front will be Ruth. You can find more information on their website.
My goals for the next few weeks are
- Finish my Thought that I have already started.
- Put the Commentary on Jude through its last few rounds of editing, then Post it here
- Continue working on the Gospel of John
- Work on Ruth
I hope that you will appreciate what I have to say regarding Jude and what I have been learning.
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A Praise for a Daughter
O LORD, I thank You for Your blessings
All the blessings I receive from You
Thank You, LORD, for my daughter
Thank You for this child You have given me
LORD, I praise You for the glimpse at Your heart
For the look at Your unceasing love for Your children
Father, Your sacrifice means all the more to me
The love for Your children, even when we do not deserve it
Father, You gave up Your Son for me
You allowed Jesus to be crucified for us
My Lord, I can only guess at the agony
I can only grasp at understanding the pain
LORD, I praise You for this little one
Father, I thank You for my daughter