Monday, October 12, 2015
Psalm 54:4 Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.
Yesterday as I was preaching, something absolutely amazing happened. It can only be accounted for by declaring that God did it. I was bringing out the truth of First Thessalonians 5:4, which states, “But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.” As I explained that people who are looking to the world for their identity and their security are actually living in darkness, I made a statement similar to this – “Any attempt to find value, worth, identity, or security from the things of this world is darkness.” At the very instant that I said the word darkness, all of the lights in the building went out. The light technician immediately raised her arms to say, “I didn’t do it!” At that very moment the lighting control panel decided to reboot and reset. The dramatic effect was absolutely perfect. God spoke!
I thought of that this morning when God spoke in another way. I was sitting at my desk with my head in my hands, meditating on Psalm 54:4 – Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. I was considering how I was going to express to you the deep significance of this verse to my personal life. As I struggled to come up with a way to start the devotional, I heard a thump on my office window. I recognized the thump as that of a bird hitting the glass. I looked over, and there, sitting on the window ledge was a sparrow. He sat there for about ten seconds, and then flew off. It was just long enough for me to hear the Holy Spirit speak to my heart and say, “It needs no more explanation, just application.”
I immediately remembered saying that same line several times in my sermon yesterday. You see, we do not lack for knowledge of what God has said: what we lack is the application of what God has said. God used a sparrow to remind me of that. As I sat and looked at that bird outside my window, the words of Jesus scrolled across the marquis of my mind.
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
Jesus tells us about God’s love for birds. God is their helper. He feeds them. He protects them. He watches over them. According to Psalm 84:3, Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O LORD of hosts, my King and my God.
Then Jesus says this – Are you not of more value than they? That little bird sitting on my ledge is NOT created in the image of God – but I am! So if God cares so much for birds, why do I live with such anxiety? Yet I do not need more explanation of what God meant; I just need more application of what I have already heard God say.
GOD IS MY HELPER!
THE LORD IS THE UPHOLDER OF MY LIFE!
I will not soon forget the bird on my window. May I also not soon forget how God sent that bird to me at the exact time I needed a reminder that no matter what life brings my way, He is my helper. He is the upholder of my life.
“It needs no more explanation, just application.”