THEME: ANALOGY OF SPARROWS
Psalms 102:7-13 NKJV
“I lie awake, and am like a sparrow alone on the housetop. My enemies reproach me all day long; Those who deride me swear an oath against me. For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping, Because of Your indignation and Your wrath; For You have lifted me up and cast me away. My days are like a shadow that lengthens, And I wither away like grass. But You, O Lord, shall endure forever, and the remembrance of Your name to all generations. You will arise and have mercy on Zion; For the time to favor her, Yes, the set time, has come.”
-The Psalmist describes the effects of his distress through the analogy of a lonely sparrow on the top of a house. Sparrow normally dwell together in host and when one is isolated, it is associated with grief. His trouble drives sleep from my eyes, and keep him awake at night. We bless the Lord our Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation. God loves us and gives sleep to His beloved, and so we praise His holy name.
Sparrows are small birds and nest in diverse areas in the world. They are calssified into different types according to their appearance and geographical habitation, and they include: the Fox Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, White-Crowned Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Golden-Crowned Sparrow, White-Throated Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Eurasian Tree Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Clay Colored Sparrow, Leconte’s Sparrow, Olive Sparrow, Slate Dark Eyed Sparrow, Lincoln’s Sparrow, American Tree Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Brewer’s Sparrow, Male House Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Oregon Dark Eyed Sparrow, and the Black Throated Sparrow. They remind us of God’s love for us and that we are more valuable than many sparrows. God knows the number of hair on our heads and calls us to have faith in Him (Luke 12:6-7). The Lord feeds the birds of the air yet they neither sow nor reap, or store food in barns but our Father feeds them. God reminds us that we are more valuable than them and that we should not worry about anything for by doing so no one can add a single hour to their lives (Matthew 6:26-27). Our love for God should therefore be unrivalled as we find pleasure in His presence. Psalms 84:1-4 tells us that sparrows find a home in the courts and altar in God’s house. Like sparrows, the Lord calls us to hunger for Him and to dwell in His presence always. The Lord also uses symbolism to show His value for the Israelites who are viewed to come from Egypt trembling like sparrows. The Lord declares in Hosea 11:11 that He will settle them in their homes. God is our helper, redeemer and deliverer, and He desires to grant us rest like the Israelites amidst our cares and struggles of life.
Abba Father our Lord and God we thank You and bless Your name. Thank You for loving us and for Your tender mercies upon us. May You cleanse us from every sin and tresspass, and wash us with Your precious blood. Thank You for directing our steps and taking delight in our lives. Though we may stumble, we will never fall, for You dear Jesus holds us by Your hand. Dear Lord we thank You for reminding us of Your unfailing love and concern towards our affairs that we are more valuable than many sparrows. Thank You Lord Jesus for Your love and mercy. May You bless us and keep us Lord. May Your face shine upon us and be gracious unto us. May You turn Your countance towards us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: 2 Corinthians 1:3-4