Sparrow Refuge

Sparrow Refuge

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“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


Finding Refuge

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.


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I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free :-). This hymn reminds me, along with your invitation to come and rest in Him and TRUST His provision for us, that no matter what the day or night brings, there is always a place and call to joy because He has not only made us free, but because in Him alone will we find fullness of joy. Thank you for your timely word and visual glimpse of how precious we are to Him. I am thankful that He does not ‘watch’ us to just condemn or judge us at every mess up (as I often respond to my children 😦 ), but He watches us because He is so delighted in us and wants to & can meet every need we have! As I ponder His ‘watching’ today, may I live a life worthy of this calling and in grateful worship for His provision through Jesus, that I may be that fully committed heart that stops His eye as it roams throughout the Earth!

Missi Jacobus

February 29, 2012

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