Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.
Psalm 27:10 (NLT)
At first glance, this verse may not seem to have much depth. But if we understand its meaning, it can change our lives. In his book Experiencing Healing Prayer, Rick Richardson shares, “From our mother, we get our sense of being and well-being. From our father, we get a sense of blessing.” The trouble is that none of us go through our childhood unscathed. No parent can completely meet all our needs. If our mother or father is controlling, absent, abusive, distant, or exhibits any other negative traits, it can result in a struggle with affirmation and self-esteem. But what can we do? Do we have to be a victim of a fallen world? Today’s verse gives us the answer. “Even if our father and mother abandon us, the Lord will hold us close.” When we understand our genuine relationship with God, we will be able to receive our sense of being and well-being from Him. When we comprehend how much He loves and approves of us, we will live with a deep understanding of His blessing for us. Celebrating who we are in Christ can help us rise above our circumstances and go beyond the limits of our childhood.
Father, I thank You for Your deep, deep love for me. I thank You that You created me for a purpose. I thank You that I am not a mistake. Because of Your love for me, I can feel good about myself. I receive a sense of well-being from knowing that I am a blessing to You. Thank You, Lord, no matter what my past, I can come to You with my needs. When I do, You will hold me close. In Jesus’ name.