Once we’re standing tall, we can look him straight in the eye. Psalm 11:7b (TM)
There’s something in the male psyche that drives us to want to stand tall before our fathers. We grow up in Dad’s shadow – fighting hard to earn his respect. Boys become men, but still they yearn to look the ol’ man in the eye and hear words like "I love you, son," and "I’m proud of you." I’ve been fortunate to hear both statements – many times – from my Dad. I’ve also known friends still struggling with the fact that they’ve never received "the blessing" and likely never will. Even when you do hear it, the desire to have your father’s respect never goes away.
I hear that as the conclusion of Psalm 11. In verse one we run to the arm of our Heavenly Father. We learn from Him and we are set straight on the right path. It is then that we find ourselves standing tall and looking Him in the eye. It is then that we hear "Well done, son. Well done."