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Desert Owl

Anchor Devotional - 01.23.15


"I am like a desert owl, like an owl among the ruins. I lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof."
(PSALM 102:6-7)

Psalm 102

Many owls live in the desert, though they don’t often make themselves visible. Some are huge, like the Great Horned Owl that lives in a tall tree near my home. Others are small like the tiny Elf Owl who is easily hidden. The owl is a bird of solitude, and therefore the psalmist compares himself to it.

Our writer of Psalm 102 feels alone. Who of us could not relate to that? He may have been going through a deep depression as he cried out to the Lord. His prayers were always heard, even when the enemy taunted and when he was overcome by sorrow or grief to the point that he couldn’t even eat. I am certain that many of you can identify with that.

Praise God for His enduring love. Praise God for a Savior who was willing to endure the pain of the cross all alone, was willing to endure the ultimate aloneness when the Father turned His back on Him those three days. But He did not remain in isolation. He alone paid the price for our sins so that we would never be separated from Him again from this life to the next.

Scripture Focus

Psalm 102

Insight

"FOR THE LORD IS GOOD AND HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER; HIS FAITHFULNESS CONTINUES THROUGH ALL GENERATIONS."
(PSALM 100:5)

Read the Bible

  • Genesis 45-46
  • Psalm 23
  • Mark 3