Two of the adopted children. I’ve obscured how they look for their privacy and to symbolize their incomplete past and uncertain future, both of which can be miraculously healed by the gracious working of the Lord in the family of which they are now a part.
Some of our grandchildren have not been born into our family, but adopted into our family. In some cases they have little recollection of their birth parents, more likely none at all of their biological father. Others still have a connection with a birth parent, usually the mother, but in most cases, it is at best a very troubled relationship.
This lack of a healthy relationship, or any relationship at all, with the birth parents, continues to be an issue with the children. What should be a love relationship prompts other kinds of feelings, few of them good.
Children (even adult children) yearn to feel good about the two people who brought them into the world. This is no less true of our relationship with God. He wants us to see ourselves as His children and He as our Heavenly Father. We have a need to love, respect, and admire God as our ultimate Parent.
It’s not that God needs our worship, He got along quite well without it for the eternity before time began and we finally were brought into existence. God is not a needy God with a low self-esteem who needs our worship to feel good about Himself. He wants us to worship Him for our own good! He loves us and wants us to experience the very best in life, which is Him. The Westminster Shorter Catechism, written in 1646-1647 in a Q&A format, states at the very beginning of the document, “Q: What is the chief end of man? A: Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.”
In a moment of clarity it occurred to me a few years ago that as a parent, even as the parent of adult children, I want my children to respect me and look up to me, that it’s healthy and good for them to be able to do so. I want them to respect and admire me for their own sake and for their own good. I know that if I were to deeply disappoint them by some major failure of character it would cause them great harm. So, yes, I want them to admire me for their benefit, not mine!
Just as a child has a need to look up to the parents, so we have a need to look up to, to admire, yes, to worship God, God who wants us to call Him Father. It has been my personal experience that when I’m able to truly admire and worship God it feels really, really good! That’s why God wants our worship, so that in blessing Him we are blessed beyond measure!
“Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God.” (Psalm 95:6-7a)