We have a whole generation of kids who are plagued with “an orphaned heart”. Our nation is filled with young people who will never know their father. More and more fathers are absent and never become a part of the lives of the children they have. Many just walk out on their families when things get tough.
We’ve all experienced disappointment in one way or another. Relationships that we thought would last forever come to an unexpected end. Friends who promised to stand by us, no matter what, suddenly turn their back on us and walk away. People walk out on us leaving us feeling helpless, worthless, alone, and without hope.
The Old Testament King of Israel, David, knew about disappointment from an early age. We get a glimpse into what David’s family life must have been like from 1 Samuel Chapter 16, Samuel tells Jesse, “One of your sons has been chosen by God to be the next King of Israel.”
Jesse calls all of his sons except David. How would that make you feel? A man comes to your house to pick the next President and your parents call all of your brothers and sisters into the house except you. They leave you doing the yard work.
The amazing part of the story is that, even after Samuel said no seven times to every one of Jesse’s sons, it still didn’t even occur to Jesse to get David. Samuel had to ask him, “Are there anymore sons?” Jesse says, “Just David.”
So yea, David knew what it meant to be rejected. He also knows what it meant to be Called, Anointed and Chosen by God. David knew exactly what he was talking about when he wrote in Psalm 27:10,”When my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will lift me up.”
He was accepted by the One who matters the most. Just one word from God turned his whole life around. God said, “I have chosen you to be King!” He went from forgotten to favored just like that! In other words, when David felt forsaken by those who were supposed to love him the most, he knew that he would never be forsaken by God.
God will always be there. He will take care of us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. He will be with us even until the end of the world. He has promised to be a father to us.