Look to the Birds

(A poem for all generations)

“Most of the situations that entangle your mind are not today’s concerns; you have borrowed them from tomorrow.”  __ Sarah Young

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Photo taken at Myrtle Beach SC

Preserve me, oh God:  for in thee do I put my trust.  (Psalms 16:1)

Look To The Birds

Look to the birds, the fowls of the air.

No needs have they, no wants nor care.

Unlike the farmers, that sow and reap,

No gardens to till, and yet they eat.

Our Father in Heaven, hears their call.

He knows their need and feeds them all.

Look to the lilies, their glory behold.

Their beauty surpasses, Solomon’s gold.

The grass of the field, God blankets with green.

It’s here for today, tomorrow unseen.

Surely, Our Lord, who cares for these,

Loves us much more than birds in the trees.

“So take no thought,” Jesus did say,

“What will I eat, or wear this day?”

Your Heavenly Father, your needs doth know

So look to the birds, and the lilies that grow.

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Photo taken at Brookgreen Gardens in SC

 

Behold the fowls of the air:  for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them.  Are ye not much better than they?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not neither do they spin:  And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you…?  Therefore take no thought, saying What shall we eat?  Or, what shall we drink?  Or where-withal shall we be clothed?  For your heavenly Father knoweth ye have need of all these things.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow:  for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  (Matthew 6:26-34)

(This has been a publication in the series “Walk Through Psalms”)

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Co-Creators

Psalms 13:5

But I have trusted in thy mercy, my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.

Trust and rejoice…David’s choice of words for today.  Trust and rejoice are active words. They insinuate we not sit idly by as our day takes form, but rather to become co-creators of our day.  Trust and rejoice, invites us to take part in this thing we call life.  Our life is measured in increments of time and how we spend that time is what our life will be. Pretty simple concept, yes, I know, but how often it eludes us.  I need to be reminded and reminded often.

Let’s look at trust and how it is used in this context of scripture. David proclaims that he puts his trust in God’s Mercy.  Well, what does he mean by that?  In order to understand all that David is implying, we first need to know the meaning of the word Mercy.  I looked it up at dictionary.com and this was the definition:  compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence. 

And so, Mercy, simply put is receiving compassion when we deserve punishment.  Notice, Mercy is not just  withholding of punishment but it is also the act of giving.  God is so good at this!  He shows us Mercy by withholding the punishment we deserve, but then He takes it a step further by putting Salvation in punishments place.  Thank the Lord, with God, Mercy and Grace go hand-in-hand!  

Now, let’s take a look at the other word, rejoice.  David writes, “…My heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.”  The word rejoice, according to dictionary.com, means to be glad and to take delight in.  David takes delight in God’s salvation.

God’s salvation is the second part of this “Mercy” thing.   Remember Mercy and Grace go hand-in-hand.  Dear friends, that is something to truly rejoice about!  We are saved by Grace…it is the gift of God.  Since it is something we don’t deserve then it is also something we can never, ever screw up!

Another good thing about God’s mercy is that it is fresh every morning!  Lamentations 3:22-23 promises, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Let’s join God, today, and  become co-creators of our world!

Trust and rejoice.

Daily Prayer:  Lord, I’m trusting in your Mercy.  I can never be good enough to earn it  or bad enough to escape it, and for this I thank you, because I screw up all the time.  Help me to be proactive through out my day by trusting and rejoicing in your Love.  In Jesus’s wonderful name…name above all names…Amen

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