I was pretty excited to encounter a day-old Pronghorn Antelope last week. She and her mom dashed away in different directions when they saw me, but the youngster jumped behind a Yucca plant and tried to melt into the ground only a short distance away. Mom nervously waited from a distance while I took a few pictures, but they were reunited shortly afterwards.
It seems we are often only a few days away from a drought, but we’ve been given a reprieve with a providential change in weather. God’s timing is always perfect!
“He waters the hills from His upper chambers; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.” Psalms 104:13
There are a lot of verses in the Bible that I find perplexing when I first consider them. Oftentimes I will seek the commentaries of other Christians to get a glimpse of what meaning they harvested from them, then I go back to the verse as I develop my own understanding. This verse spoke to me, and I felt I had a pretty good handle on its meaning. Animals, a product of God’s creation, don’t have the ability to challenge His authority. The thought frequently crosses my mind that animals may have a closer relationship with the Creator than those of us who rebel against Him and fail to worship Him. In our despair and loneliness, we may long for the innocent communion that exists between many things He created and the Creator Himself.
J. Vernon McGee summed this passage up much better than I could; ‘I think the sparrows built nests around the temple. The man who wrote this psalm, as he looked up and saw them, said, “I want to dwell like that. I want to live that close to God.” The Lord Jesus said to consider the little sparrows. They are not worth anything. In fact, you would like to get rid of them the way they chatter around and mess up everything. They are dirty little birds. The Lord Jesus said, “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? Yet one of them shall not fall on the ground without the will of your Father” (Matt. 10:29). Not one sparrow falls but what the Father sees it. Actually, the language is stronger than that. He says that the sparrow falls into the lap of your Father. He knows all about it.’
“Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me– A prayer to the God of my life.” Psalms 42:7-8
Oftentimes when grief strikes in our lives, it seems to come in repeated episodes. The personal challenges and afflictions we face may be a result of God’s anger and disappointment with us…or maybe we reach a point of fear because we know of His disapproval of our choices. When David wrote this Psalm, he was likely feeling overwhelmed and powerless in the face of grief and dejection. After struggling with this himself, he casts his grief at the feet of God in prayer. We all face struggles on a regular basis, and there are times when we have some control or ability to alter course and find relief. Struggles of spirit tend to be very difficult for us to overcome, but there is One who can renew our spirit.