Praise Like The Birds

Red Birds Coffee Mug

This morning the Lord prompted to me to go on a walk. I tend to go through life at a very fast pace and when I exercise I usually run (to get it done faster:). But today He quickened me to simply walk for a while with Him, slowly, just listening and enjoying the dawn of the new day. As I walked the small loop of our apartment complex, my ears were filled with the songs of the birds. The songs were loud, melodious and repetitive. It was as if they wanted the whole world to hear what they had to say. I can't help but ask, "What are they singing?" For so long I have been infatuated with red birds. They are a symbol of God's faithfulness to me. Every time I see one swoop in front of me or perch on the tall branches of a tree I am reminded not to worry. Jesus told us to look at the birds and see them as an example of how He will take care of us.

"Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!" (Luke 12:24)

As I walked and listened to the birds sing their songs this morning, the Lord reminded me that my song of praise to Him should be loud for all to hear. Birds sing thousands of songs each day. Did you get that? Thousands of different, beautiful songs to the Lord. Some birds spend about 70% of their day simply singing. They sing to claim their territory and to attract a mate. I can't help but compare this to how we, as believers and lovers of Jesus Christ, should sing our praises to Him so much that others are attracted to know Him. Our lives of praise should attract others to the cross of Christ. 

Another beautiful reminder I have learned from the birds is that their songs are heard loudly early in the morning. We know that Jesus woke up early in the morning to spend time with His Father, and so should we wake up and dedicate our day and time to Him. (Mark 1:35) Birds sing early in the day before they start any of their work. They put forth their first energy of the new day proclaiming praise and a beautiful new song. Psalm 96:1 commands us to "Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth."

What is the song you are singing today? What praises are flowing from your heart to your mouth and onto those around you? Richard Wurmbrand said "The words "Praise the Lord" occur in the Bible 366 times, once for every day of the year, including leap year." May the birds remind us to sing praises, not to worry and to trust the Lord with every aspect of our life. After all, if Jesus cares for the birds, how much more does He care for you and love to hear your praise?

singing with the birds,

Gretchen

(These mugs will be for sale next week!)