How lovely it is to hear the bird song during this lockdown period. When walking through the woods behind Velmead School last Thursday I was just struck by the beauty of the hymn words:
When through the woods and forest glades I wander, And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
Then sings my soul my Saviour God to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
When I got home I looked up Biblical references to bird song and discovered three particular examples:
- Delight: Psalm 104v12 – this psalm praises God for the wonders of creation and describes in v12 the birds singing among the branches of the trees. Birds sing for various reasons but surely these include rejoicing in their Creator – after all, Jesus indicated on Palm Sunday that the stones would cry out in praise of Him if the crowds had kept silent (Luke 19v40). Let us worship and delight in our Creator, joining as it were in the birds’ chorus of praise.
- Desire: Song of Songs 2v12 – the beloved describes “the cooing of doves [being] heard in our land” because it is springtime and her lover has arrived. Is our passionate desire the presence of our Heavenly Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ?
- Denial: Matthew 26v34 etc. – sadly the most frequent reference to bird song in the Bible is to the rooster crowing following Peter’s three-fold denial of Jesus. How Peter must have remembered such denials every time he heard a rooster crowing! And yet as we will see this morning in John 21 Jesus forgave him and recommissioned him. There may not be a bird song that speaks in the same way to you or me. However, our delight and desire above surely flow from appreciating more and more God’s grace and mercy in forgiving our many denials of Him.
Let’s really listen to the bird song – and sing with them!
Peace and Grace