Fathers, Display to Your Children All of God

I am thanking God today that my father displayed a robust biblical God to me. I see God as fearful and I see him as the happiest and kindest being in the universe — "Behold then the kindness and the severity of God" (Romans 11:22).

Fathers, with all your sins and weaknesses, show your children as much of God as you can. Both his severity and his joyful kindness. Help them recognize the fully biblical God.

Let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:28–29).

The LORD your God will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing (Zepheniah 3:17).

I reverence you with trembling, Holy Father, and dance in the brightness of your delights.

John Piper (@JohnPiper) is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is author of more than 50 books.