Summer time is a great time to be a bird watcher, to wake up to the sounds of birds singing outside your window.  A favorite activity for my wife and I is to sit outside on our deck in the early morning hours, with coffee in hand, to watch and listen to the birds sing and eat from our bird feeders.

   With few exceptions, birds do not sing while on the ground.  They sing during flight or while sitting on an object off the ground.  Exceptions include the turnstone, which is a shorebird, and some field sparrows. Ornithologists believe that birds are too preoccupied with their vulnerability to danger to sing while on the ground.

   The Psalmist recognized that the bird has found a safe place to sing.  It is in God's House.  "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 also has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God.  How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!  They are ever praising You." (Psalm 84:1-4).

   Do you have a song in the heart?  If not, could it be that you are preoccupied with so many things that no song ever surfaces?  Let's gather at God's house and sing, sing, sing for joy!


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