When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
Psalm 27:10 (KJV)

I have always loved Psalm 27:10. When I was in high school the gospel choir would sing this verse as the chorus to one of their popular songs. Though I enjoyed it long before I knew it was in Psalms, I must admit I didn’t fully understand it.

For a long time, I thought the verse was a commentary on bad parenting, or perhaps a promise for orphaned children. Recently I learned it was much more. In Hebrew, the original language of the old testament, the word forsake (azab) is the same word that is used for leave in Genesis when describing a man transitioning from the position of a son into a husband.

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Genesis 2:24 (KJV)

It was then I realized that Psalm 27:10 describes a transition of a child leaving the responsibility or covering of their parents and being “taken up” by the Lord. When at one point in my life I petitioned my parents for help, now I petition heaven through prayer.

This is not to say I don’t ask for help from family and others. I don’t believe we are intended to live secluded from others. This verse says to me that heaven is taking an active role as the first contact for everyday life drama.

It is a privilege to be taken up by the Lord, knowing that his grace and mercy are following me everywhere. I have seen his hand providing for me in critical times through out my life, and I am glad to know he will always be there.

Father thank you for taking me up! It’s been a long road in my life and I have much more to go. But I am confident that I can be successful in my relationships with spouse, my children, and my family with your guidance. I never want to forget who is covering me every day and I give you all the praise for it!

In Jesus Name

Count your blessings, remember all good things come from God. It will make your burdens lighter and your path brighter.

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