He will call out to me, “You are my Father, my God, the Rock my Savior.” (Ps. 89:26)
“Oh, so you are Mr. Abby Chic,” the woman said to me. You see, my wife runs a business called Abby Chic, and as I helped her during an event, someone introduced me to this woman as “Abby’s husband.” Since people sometimes call my wife Abby Chic, I get referred to as Mr. Abby Chic. I wear the title with pride. I am very proud of my wife and the business she has created.
Sometimes we are identified, not by who we are, but by those with whom we are associated. Sometimes it is a sports team, a political party, or a country. This tendency is particularly strong when we are identified by our family ties. For better or worse, who your parents are can have a huge impact on how you are viewed. In this psalm, the writer claims the Lord as his Father, his God, his Rock, and his Savior. He claims “child of God” as his primary identity.
How do you identify yourself? By your role as a parent or spouse? By the job you hold, the state you are from, or the church you attend? Or do you identify yourself first and foremost as a child of God?
Identify yourself as a child of God; it will shape everything you do.
Aaron Wilkinson is a member of College Wesleyan Church in Marion, Indiana, and works at Wesley Seminary. His favorite word is eucatastrophe.
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