Hear my prayer, O Lord;
let my cry come to you!
I am like a desert owl of the wilderness,
like an owl of the waste places; I lie awake;
I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
Psalm 102:1, 6-7 ESV
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
… who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalm 103:1, 5 ESV
That our taste for satisfaction sometimes leads us to choose to sin is sadly ironic when to choose submission to God will bring a taste of heaven and satisfaction too. This second of three brief posts on the theme Owl or Eagle? also comes from Charles Spurgeon…
Charles Spurgeon said: “Here is a man under a sense of sin. He … cries, ‘I am like an owl of the desert.’ … But look what happens when the Lord Jesus Christ manifests Himself to that poor guilty sinner! He looks at Christ upon the cross …honestly and sincerely, and trusts Him with his soul! Have you not seen the change that such an experience works in men?
“Now he is not like an owl any longer. His sin is completely forgiven. In a moment he has passed from darkness into marvelous light, from bondage into liberty, from death unto life!
“… Ask him whether he is like an owl, now, and he will say, “God forbid! Why should I be?”
“See how the man walks now? Before, his feet seemed like lead. Now, they appear almost as if they were winged, like the feet of the fabled messenger of the gods. Now, the man runs along the path of duty! He delights in his God. He loves Him! He adores Him! He triumphs in Him, and boasts of the Lord Jesus Christ as His Savior.
“All this change is sometimes worked in a single hour—yes, in a single moment the sackcloth and ashes are taken away, (he is) girded with the garments of praise—and sorrow is changed into overflowing bliss!”
From a sermon by Charles Spurgeon Owl or Eagle? preached on Sunday, March 10th, 1872.