3For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.
4My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.
5By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.
6I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.
7I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.
A Lonely Sparrow
Gone is the gladness of heart and in its place is melancholy and despair, for the days of weariness and discouragement are upon the psalmist. His anguish is so deep that he has lost all desire for food, and as a lonely sparrow deeply grieving for the loss of its mate, he is as one who has no comforters to console him in his misery.
One does not have to live very long to understand only too well the anguish of the psalmist. Where are the days of joy and gladness? Where is the love, joy, and peace promised to the believer? How can such days so seem to overtake us that we have even lost all memories of the good days?
As the psalmist cries out to God in his time of troubles, even so should we find all of our respite and comfort in the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ. He, who suffered so much on our behalf understands the bitterness and sorrows that accompany our many difficulties of life.
What lessons are we to learn from these times of grief and bitterness? For the dear saint of God, we can reap great benefits from these days of seemingly endless sorrow.
First, we have a Savior who has suffered more than we could if our entire life was one of constant misery and despair. For He took on the sins of all His people and paid a debt we could not possibly pay. He, then, understands even more than we ever could, the comfort and grace that is applied to the dear saint of God by our Heavenly Father when no human help will do,
Second, we are reminded that nothing in this world can satisfy the longings of our hearts. For our hearts truly yearn to be restored to complete peace and fellowship with God our Father. There is nothing on this earth that can compare to the sweet peace of communion with our dear Lord and Savior. He, alone, can provide peace and comfort even in the middle of the greatest storms and trials of life.
Third, when all have seemed to abandon us in our darkest days and we are as a lonely sparrow upon the house top, we are reminded that our God never abandons His own. When all the trinkets of this life pass before our eyes, we understand that there is no lasting hope in any of them. We, then, understand that God is sufficient to meet our every need. Indeed, Christ is all we need. Though all the rest of our days be filled with troubles, we can repair to Christ and be satisfied.
Last of all, we are faced with the true realities of this life. This is not our home, but God has placed us here for a time to do a work for Him. Only as we are living out that purpose do we find meaning in these short, brief years we are on this earth.
Everything that happens to us in this life is tenderly administered to us by our loving Father who is gently shepherding us into His pastures. History shows that from the time of Abel who was murdered by his brother, Cain, the Christian has faced adversity, but God never allows us to receive more than we can bear. Each burden is carefully measured and applied so that we might fall upon Christ, and discover that we cannot live this life in our own strength. When we come to Him with nothing, He sustains and strengthens us until the day He brings us safely into His courts above.
As a lonely sparrow calls out to God above, so do we call out to Christ and are answered! Oh how He loves His dear children!
God Bless You,