Paul Tripp

President of Paul Tripp Ministries

Psalm 27: Family Forever

"Though my Father and Mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me."

I deserve to be
to be forever cast away.
I deserve to be
to have you turn away and stay.
I have debated your goodness.
I have questioned your law.
I have doubted your wisdom.
I have run from your love.
I deserve your
to be punished for my wrong.
I deserve your
righteous judgment,
the full weight of your law.
I have wanted what I wanted.
I've walked from your grace.
I have trespassed your boundaries.
I have envied your throne.
I don't deserve your
the many things I could not earn.
I don't deserve your
the daily gifts of your love.
I don't deserve the rights of
to be called your son.
I don't deserve the warm
tender care and endless help.
I don't deserve to call you
to be welcomed in your home.
So you came to be
to have the Father turn His face.
Your bond of family was
You came to stand in my place.
You didn't deserve to be
rejected, which came because of your love.
You didn't deserve to be
yet you were willing to the end.
So now I have a
forever I've been received.
I am never
even when I'm all alone.
When fatherless and
you are with me even then.
I have been given a
I did not deserve or earn.
The Lord has
received me.
I will never be alone.
Once more I will forsake you.
I will question your love.
Once more I will debate you.
I will turn from your face.
But you will come as a
You will treat me as a son.
You will forgive and
restore me.
With great patience and great love.
In you I've found a
In you I have found grace.
And what I've found, I've found
Forever Father.
Forever family.
Forever welcomed.
Forever love. 

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About Paul Tripp

Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is "Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life." Tripp is also professor of pastoral life and care at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and executive director of the Center for Pastoral Life and Care in Fort Worth, Texas. Tripp has written many books on Christian living that are read and distributed internationally. He has been married for many years to Luella, and they have four grown children. For more information, visit

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