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Topic: Singing (10/31/05)
TITLE: Now I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings!
By Cyndy McNaul-Nelson
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I’m traveling down a lonely road, Lord, where no one seems to care. I’ve a burden on my weary back that is bowing me to despair. I complain often to You, Lord, of how folks are treating me. The world is an ugly place with many inconceivable destinies. Won’t You come down with smoke filled nostrils and slay my enemies?
And then I hear You speak to me so tenderly. “My feet were also weary upon that Calvary road. The wooden cross became so heavy; I fell beneath the bulky load. Be faithful weary follower, for the dawn I clearly see. Just place your burdens on the cross and stick closely to me.”
You know I’ve worked really hard for You, Jesus. There are many things I’ve done. I’ve sat alongside dying saints and faced the evil one. I boast when I say that I’ve sacrificed a lot of things to walk this narrow way. I could have worked for fame and fortune, but I chose to follow God.
If you see my point of view, Lord, --why, I’m worth a lot to Thee! And again, I hear You gently saying to me. “I left my throne in glory and never counted it a loss. The angry guards nailed my hands to a splintered wooden cross. But now we’ll make the journey together with your hand safely in Mine. Just place your sacrifices upon the cross and stick closely to the Divine.”
I want to do all that I can, Lord. There’s no turning back for me. So if I should die upon a foreign field someday,it would be no more than love demands for a debt I could never repay. When I see victims bruised and battered by those who follow corruption, I’ll fight to rescue them by showing Your salvation.
And ever so gently, You speak from on high. “Mortal man hath no greater love than for a friend to die. But if one cup of water, I place within your hand; then just one cup of water is all that I demand. You would be at your best, dear wanderer, to tend to those who flee. Hear the song that the caged bird sings, when you face persecution and evil stings. The bird sings of being free.
Now I know why the caged bird sings. The bird kept in a prison, like my soul feeling no freedom from the prison of sorrows. You came to me, Jesus, and warmed my soul. So I released that caged bird with fluttering wings. I sing loud for you, Lord. It frees my soul from evil scarring furrows. For if by my death to eternal living, Your glory others will see, then I will gladly take my cross and stick closely to Thee.
My take on these songs:
“Rescue The Perishing”
“He Set Me Free”
The theme song for the movie: “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”
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