About Sparrow Refuge
“How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
The bird has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young–a place near you altar…” – Psalm 84: 1-3
Indeed, God’s dwelling place is lovely, and as children of God we are the structure in which He dwells.
Through Jesus we have access to the Father and are no longer strangers or tiny birds. Instead we are “fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God…in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord” (Ephesians 2: 19-21).
The psalmist was longing for a time when, like a sparrow, Believers would nest in the altar and raise up future generations there.
In 1905, lyricist Civilla D. Martin was inspired to write the well-known hymn, “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” after visiting with a bedridden woman and her crippled husband. When Civilla asked the woman to explain how (in the midst of her physical disabilities) she was still filled with such inspiring hopefulness, the woman humbly relied, “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”
Friends, it is true–we have a Father in heaven who watches over us. Provides for us. Feeds us.
“Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:26)
If He feeds the birds of the air, even the smallest and most fragile of them, why do we doubt that He’ll do the same for His children?
This is a blog for soul-birds who long to see the Savior of the world–the King of ALL Creation–on this side of heaven. I hope it will encourage, inspire, and give you hope so that together we might “soar on wings like eagles” (Isaiah 40:31).
Grace and peace.