Seen. Saved. Set Free. (Psalm 18:20-29)
Reflections on Psalm 18:20-29
They say his eye is on the sparrow. A bird—insignificant, cheap, and ubiquitous—is observed by heaven’s High King. The pauper of the fowls, sparrows are not adorned with gleaming colors, nor do crowns coronate their head. Their size is humble, ideal prey for a hungering predator. Because of their low stature, the Lord greatly regards these creatures. Though we are weak, lowly, and broken, the eyes of God lay upon us as well. “You, Lord, keep my lamp burning” (Psalm 18:28). He sees us.
They call him the lion of the tribe of Judah. Ruler of the pride, this creature crowns the food chain ordering all sustenance to his hunger. He is a fierce protector of the cubs and lionesses within his family. The challenger foolish enough to challenge his dominion soon finds his himself in the dust of defeat. We are the family of God’s pride. Though we wonder solitary into the wild, Judah’s lion seeks out and brings his home his lost cubs. And when sin foolishly strives to feast on God’s pack, He strikes at the throat of this threat. “My God turns my darkness into light” (Psalm 18:28). He saves us.
They say the soul is like a butterfly. The caterpillar moves with an embarrassing lack of haste. Awkward and disgusting to many, this insect is the beholder of a holy beauty unrealized. After the caterpillar slinks over a marginal amount of ground, it falls dormant into a cocoon. During this sleeping season, the disregarded caterpillar metamorphoses into a seraphic butterfly. With wings spanned wide, the beatified insect will ascend to flutter free around God’s throne.
We are this awkward insect, lives locked in transformation. Unheralded beauty soaring to the heavens awaits us the day we burst our cocoon. In that moment, our souls (in ancient Greek the same as the word for butterfly, psyche) will flutter to the Lord’s praise. As we await that day, God is sanctifying and metamorphosing us. “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall” (Psalm 18:29). He sets us free.
Footsteps—putting feet on our faith
1. In what part of your life do you need to be reminded that God sees you?
2. What do you need God to save you from?
3. How do you see God working in your life?
Dear God, you are heaven’s great King. Eternity lies unfurled before you, awaiting your Word. You see all that occurs in your domain. You care for those under your rule, you protect your flock, and you transform the wandering prodigal into a pilgrim set on coming home to you. Help me to trust you eternally. In Christ I pray, amen.