May 22 – Blessed Be God – He Adopts Us into His Family

The poetry of David keeps flowing like a living river from God’s royal throne.  In some Bibles, Psalm 68 is sub-titled, “God is the Father of the Fatherless”.  This lengthy poem was sung to a tune written by the Chief Musician. Verse 6 says, “God sets the lonely in families; he leads the prisoners with singing.”  May this song give hope to many in our generation; to those who are slaves to human trafficking, to orphans in great need for loving families, and to the lonely and the elderly who long for meaningful connection.

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah.” I picture those faithful believers with tambourines, singing out, “Bless God in the great congregation, the Lord, O you who are of Israel’s fountain!”  With a strong finale the song concludes with, “Awesome is God from his sanctuary; the God of Israel—he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!”  The entire psalm is a powerful masterpiece!  All praise and blessing go to God, for He cares for the needs of the fatherless, the oppressed, and the lonely.  We can unload all of our anxieties upon Him for He cares for us and He uses us to be the blessing for others.

Way beyond the normal age for adopting children, two Christ-centered teachers who taught our kiddos in northern Thailand, traveled to Cambodia and began a long and laborious process to adopt not just one, but two young girls. Their story is one of hope and trust, and their lives, as well as the lives of their new daughters, will never be the same.

And the good examples continue:  Colleagues who focused on getting God’s goodness to those in Vietnam adopted a girl from China, and then three years later were able to return to the same overcrowded orphanage to adopt the childhood friend of their new daughter.

A young, single woman who served in a Guatemalan orphanage continues to have meaningful impact.  When a baby was abandoned and not expected to survive, she adopted him, and all praise to God, he is now a thriving teen!

Friends we mentored in China traveled to India to bring a neglected baby boy into their home, making them a happy family of six.

And, long time friends from North Carolina are faithfully parenting their son with fetal alcohol syndrome whom they adopted from Russia in 2001.  Glory to God for this young man’s recent baptism!

One day all who place their faith in God will be united as one big family.  Let us not miss out on living like a family here and now, blessing others as we have been generously blessed by God. In order to really do this well, we need what the psalmist joyfully sings about: power and strength from God.

Psalm 68:19, 26, 35 ESV