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Let the Bird Fly Free

Updated on May 29, 2009

Let the Bird Fly Free

Psalm 124: 6-8. Blessed be the Lord, who hath not given us as a prey to their teeth. Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.

This beautiful passage illustrates our relationship with God. The bird, terrified of its hunters, struggles against its cage, beating its wings spastically against the sides of its unnatural enclosure, not understanding the fate that awaits it, but knowing enough to be very afraid. Its heart races. It smashes itself senselessly against the walls. Then someone comes along and takes pity on the frightened animal. Now the creature, paralyzed by exhaustion and fear, merely stares at the hand that opens the lid, not even able to blink. The rescuer backs away from the open box, and after a few seconds, the little bird bursts out and disappears into the bright blue sky. Its benefactor watches with pleasure as it rises to the clouds and dwindles quickly from sight, eager to put distance between it and the brief but horrifying capture. Its doom had been so close...

The escape that God gives us from our enemies is no less dramatic and timely. The Psalm above was written by King David, who found himself in many situations that required God's rescue. God loved David the most, but David turned his back on God many times. God loved him because despite David's dramatic stumbles, he would call on God every time. And like the proverbial bird, once rescued, he would fly free. So free in fact that he would sin again.

How many times has God come to our rescue and watched with a sad ache in his heart as we turned back to the very thing that he rescued us from? We are like the bird. The difference is that God wants us to stay with him, where he can protect us, feed us the best food and watch as we grow strong, healthy and shed our parasites under his wing.

Without God, we live in that cage, we are snared, caught without hope as the Devil drags us in so he can devour us. We are without hope, fluttering without effect against our confines. We would remain so, except for Jesus. Jesus comes and answers our cries for freedom and help. All we have to do is say yes, and in a blink of an eye, he leans down and undoes the ties that bind us to the ground. When we are free, we take off like a shot and without even a look back, disappear into the bright blue sky. Jesus can only look on with joy as he is blessed with our freedom.

What we don't know is that when we are saved by Jesus, we fly in his sky, the sky he created for us to enjoy. But even though when we are saved from death, we don't realize how much he wants us to come near him. When setting a bird free, there's always the tiny hope that it will come back and land on your shoulder. This is what God really wants of us. The sky is beautiful and open and free, created for our pleasure and even God's pleasure to watch us fly in it. But for him, the greater joy is to have us around his feet and on his shoulders, being fed by him and returning that love with affection and adulation.

The beauty of God's plan is that he has so much more in store for us than just flying free. He gives us all our freedom so that we can choose of our own accord to be with him. If it was forced, it wouldn't be real


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      Alexander Silvius 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Thank you Sunnie, I love that you picked out my favorite lines from this hub. I'm still lurking around here at HP, but sadly, my current job has almost completely destroyed my creative ability when it comes to writing. I put myself into that cage, and God will set me free and then I'll be reading your hubs again - I miss that. Thanks for the visit, you are always a blessing.

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Hello Alex,

      I loved this very much..I saw you this morning and thought I had not seen you in ages and wanted to stop by and say Good morning. Your thoughts on the Psalms are beautiful. I love them most of all and always find comfort when I read them.

      "God's pleasure to watch us fly in it. But for him, the greater joy is to have us around his feet and on his shoulders, being fed by him and returning that love with affection and adulation. " This is so very true.

      Thank you for sharing this.

      God bless...I hope you are well.

      Take care


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      Alexander Silvius 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Thank you PDX.

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      Justin W Price 6 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      great reminder. beautifully stated. shared...

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      Alexander Silvius 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Thank you very much ph, I was blessed to make it.

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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Alexander -

      What a beautiful and moving explanation of Psalm 124: 6-8. Your words are powerful and the picture fits so well. A great and encouraging piece. Thank you for sharing this with all of us. Blessings. Theresa

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      Alexander Silvius 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Hiya Stessily, I thought I responded with a comment on your first one, sorry, I hate it when I miss a comment.

      Thank you for the applause again, I am grateful that it blessed you. As for the picture, yes it was an amazing shot, can't believe it came out like it did. I'll try to find the picture on my computer for you, but it probably won't be much bigger than the one here.

      I will try to catch up with you on your hubs.

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      stessily 6 years ago

      AM, This is another of my all-time favorite hubs, and the opening photo --- which you took with your cellphone! --- is one of my all-time favorite images.

      Some day I would like to have an enlargement of that image and frame it. Ideally it would be hung in my dream home office, near the fireplace with its blazing fire of many colors and upwards flying sparks, while I write and draw on my plush sea-foam sofa!

      Your last sentence really explains free will for me: "If it was forced, it wouldn't be real."

      Best wishes now and always, Stessily

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      stessily 6 years ago

      Alexander Mark: I am amazed that you took that photo with your cell phone. I also love your statement: "there is so much beauty in the clouds . . . It figures, God made it." Thank you for these reminders of the beauty which is there awaiting our awareness.

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      Alexander Silvius 6 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Hello Stessily,

      I am not familiar with the Psalms of Ascents, however, I read 121 at your mention today. I may have read it before, but I never realized what a powerful chapter that is, thank you for turning my attention to it.

      Thank you for the compliment on the photo, I took that one myself with a phone if you can believe it. I love it too. Honestly, there is so much beauty in the clouds, just pointing your camera up will almost automatically give you a good picture. It figures, God made it :-)

      Thanks so much for reading another hub of mine - again one of my favorites.

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      stessily 6 years ago

      Alexander Mark: Thank you for this poetic highlight of Psalm 124. I love the Psalms of Ascents. I sometimes think that Psalm 124 is overshadowed somewhat by others in that grouping, such as Psalm 121. The photo beautifully presents freedom as symbolized by the vastness of the sky. I can feel the warmth of the light streaming through the break in the clouds. This is an absolutely breathtaking presentation, through your words and the photo, of the imagery and promises of Psalm 124. Voted up, beautiful, awesome.

      Thank you for sharing this outflow from your heart!

      Kind regards, Stessily

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      Alexander Silvius 9 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Thank you, that's quite a compliment - I will give all the glory to God my friend.

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      James A Watkins 9 years ago from Chicago

      A wonderful Hub, Alexander Mark. Rarely have I met anyone who could express the deep meanings revealed in a Psalm, discerned through a special dispensation of the Spirit. Stunning!

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      Alexander Silvius 9 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      your welcome, and thank you.

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      Zollstock 9 years ago from Germany originally, now loving the Pacific NW

      Yes, Alexander, this feels like it came from the heart ... and it is touching and, to me, somehow comforting. Thank you.

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      Alexander Silvius 9 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Thanks Gypsy. I did go to a Christian school for a little while, but I spent most of my time at public schools. My upbringing didn't help much either although God was in our lives even then. My belief started because of friends nearby who went to Awana's. That's where I learned about salvation, but didn't quite comprehend it until God called me at age 18 and I accepted Jesus then.

      I am glad that I gave no clue in my other hubs because I am here to write about things that move me and other people, I hate it when someone uses this as an excuse to preach. This was straight from the heart.

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      Gypsy Willow 9 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Interesting hub, Alexander. The world certainly needs his help now. I didn't realise you are so religious. Did you go to a religious school? Like the bird metaphor.


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