2002-06-18 - Bird Brains
Psalm 33:3 Sing to Him a new song.
Before we begin I would like to announce that I will start something this Wednesday that has been done for a few summers at Christian Fellowship Devotionals. That is the questions series. It works this way. You are free to send me any question you wish about life, theology, relationships, whatever, and I will try to answer one on each summer Wednesday. I will not be able to get to them all, but I will try to do my best. I will start this Wednesday with a question about the Trinity in the Old Testament.
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If you don't know it, you do now, I work third shift. One of the things I like about the spring and summer is hearing all the birds start chirping somewhere between 4 and 4:30 am. I work in a fairly secluded area, work alone, and the chorus of song that builds from all the birds in this wooded area is quite amazing. At this time of year it peaks about 5 am. As I worked last night I started hearing the birds around 2:30 am. I have never heard them start this early and I checked my watch to see if it had stopped. I have no idea why they started to sing so early Monday morning, but they did. So it got me to thinking...
Birds never wake up grumpy. Frankly, there will come a morning, if you are married, when you will be tempted to lay that line on your spouse. I promise you, such a line will only exacerbate the situation. But back to the task at hand, it is true, birds never wake up grumpy. They wake up singing. Every morning, morning after morning, they wake up in song. Not all of us do this. Many of us do not do this. OK, very few of us do this, especially without caffeine. However, I did a little word search and there are so many verses in the Bible that talk about joy in the morning and praising the Lord in the morning, or Christ going out to pray early in the morning, and so on. David says, "In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch," Psalm 5:3 Maybe we can learn from the birds.
Maybe we need bird brains. If you are like me sometimes you don't get enough sleep and so when you get up it can be on the wrong side of the bed. But my experience is that sometimes the birds don't get enough sleep either. There are nights that I hear raccoon's fighting in the woods all night. They make a real racket. The birds still wake up singing. The birds seem to know and apply what they and we experience, "The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness," Lamentations 3:22, 23. The birds and we both experience God's mercy every morning, but why is it that the birds are better at applying it, it seems, than we are? They wake up in song.
Well, the answer to the above question is because of sin. But that is no excuse for us. That is punching out of reality with a poor excuse. What excuse shall we give before the living God who offers forgiveness from sin? None! He, in His great mercy, has left us no excuse because Christ has taken the Christian's sin, paid for it at Calvary, and restored us to a right relationship with God. We are without excuse. I can't live up to such a call, but the realization that birds never wake up grumpy was a revelation to me. It is a small one, but nevertheless, it pointed to my heart and how much I still need to grow in the grace of Christ. The grace of Christ in Redemption is a wonder. It is, as I said recently in a devotional, something to live up to. It is as David says:
Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; the snare is broken and we have escaped Psalm 124:7
Soli Deo Gloria,