October 19, 2013
“The sparrow has found a home…a place near your altar.” Ps 84:3 NIV
A lost sparrow. The hit TV series Lost was about a plane crashing on a remote island and the survivors rebuilding their lives amidst the wreckage. The secret of the show’s success was that we could all relate to it. We’ve lost marriages, businesses, homes, self-worth, security, and a lot of other things. But Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost” (Lk 19:10). Unlike us, Jesus didn’t see people as “good” or “bad,” but as “lost.” He knew they’d lost their way, lost their values, lost their relationships, lost their ability to cope, lost their faith, and in some cases lost their reason to live. And He sought them out: like the woman at the well with five divorces and a live-in boyfriend; like the man who lay at the Pool of Bethesda for thirty-eight years, chronically ill, noticed by no one; like Mary who wept at the tomb of the One she loved most. If you’re lost today, you can have a personal audience with the Lord. “The sparrow has found a home…where she may lay her young—even Your altars, O Lord of Hosts…Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they will still be praising You” (Ps 84:3-4 NKJV). Today you can “come home” to God! You can build your nest and raise your family in the shelter of His protection. You can feel safe with Him. As you bow in worship, He will lift you up and make you feel valuable again. He will deliver you from the fear of rejection and loneliness. You can’t hide from God, but you can hide in Him.