Watched – devotion 209

You are being watched.  That sentence seems a bit creepy.  To know we are being watched makes us uncomfortable.  We don’t want to be watched.  But we are, whether we choose it or not.  And in this case, I don’t mean by drones or such.  When I am home, Leo is always watching.  He is anxiously awaiting my next move.  His hopes include a treat or a ride in the car.  If I touch the leash, he is all over himself.  If I move towards the treat container, he has already stuck his head in.  But we are watched even more intensely than Leo watches me – and that is intense.  We are watched by God.  And that is good.

This morning, I was reading Psalm 47.  This Psalm begins with this, “Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy.  For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth.”  I hear the sounds of clapping and singing for joy.  It is the loud and heartfelt praise that fills a room so powerfully it feels as though the walls will burst open.  It is the praise that lifts your spirit higher than your situations.  It is a joyful shout that truly exclaims the goodness of God.

But not every day is good and we don’t always feel like shouting.  Some days are rough and depressing and anxiety driven.  What about those days, God?  What do we do with those.  And then, I am reminded of these words – as if sung by God as a lesson.  The words of His Eye is on the Sparrow fill my heart, mind and being.  And I am reminded that I sing because God loves me.  God watches over me.  God is with me.  And I have nothing to fear, no reason to be discouraged, and certainly no reason to not sing.

Today, let’s clap and sing – God is with us.  Shout of his goodness.  May his joy so fill our hearts that our anxieties have no room to occupy.  May we sing because we are happy and free.

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Civilla D Martin, 1905

Why should I feel discouraged
Why should the shadows come
Why should my heart feel lonely
And long for heaven and home
When Jesus is my portion
A constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches over me
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me

I sing because I’m happy
I sing because I’m free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me (He watches me)
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches
I know He watches
I know He watches me

I sing because I´m happy
I sing because I´m free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me (He watches me)
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me (He watches me)
He watches me
I know
He watches
Me

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