The Reward of a Godly Dad
What a great opportunity occurred yesterday for those that are Godly and gracious dads to be recognized by family and by their churches. Being a dad has never been more challenging. It takes a vigilant father and mother to be constantly “on guard” to protect, defend, fight for, rescue, and train their children how to be “wise as serpents and harmless as doves” in the 21st century.
Psalm 15 is a good outline to instruct men of the moral and Biblical uprightness found in a Godly dad. Here is that Psalm from the New Living Translation. Verse 1 starts where it should….a man’s desire to come before the Lord in worship, intercession, and for Godly instruction. So, the question is asked……
Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill?
2 Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
3 Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends. 4 Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts. 5 Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever.
Verse 2 – The character of the Godly dad is seen in his life style with his family and when working with others. He is a man who is blameless (or we might say, he “has integrity”). He seeks to do what is right in his dealings or “He lives in righteousness”. A man can be a good moral man on the outside, but the Godly man is filled with the righteousness of God. Only God can make us holy. That is the obvious characteristic of a Godly man. His speech is truthful so that everyone knows he will do what he promises.
Verse 3 – A Godly man who is a good dad realizes the power of his words. Many a man has been the cause of creating a poor self-image in his children because he continually cuts them down with his words. The man that is vindictive at home is vile in his quick assassination of the character of others. This verse is the admonition against half-truths, innuendo, and defamation of character of others.
Verse 4 – He honors men that honor God. He does not praise life choices that God has declared to be Godless and abhorrent. He knows that every choice he makes leads a man closer to God or away from God. So, he is very careful to “mean what he says and say what he means” and keep his promises even if it costs him or causes him loss in the present. His good name will prevail.
Verse 5 – The Godly man will help the poor. He does not loan “things” or money to the poor and then charge them interest rates that push them deeper into debt. He realizes that all he has is from the Lord and just as he has been graced by God, he seeks to help others in that same grace-filled manner. As His Heavenly Father has given to Him, so he seeks to emulate His Heavenly Father.
So…what is the reward of this kind of Godly dad? “His character will sustain him so that he will not be shaken.” Because this man has determined to honor the Lord in all aspects of his life, the Lord honors him. And, when his children become adults, they are quick to praise God for the man that was a man of God and their “daddy”. May God help us to be that kind of “Dad” daily!