Please Renew My Heart
Everything in the world eventually needs times of repair, refreshing, refurbishing, and renewal. It is the reality of life that the longer something functions, the quicker it will need some maintenance to continue. That’s true of buildings, machines, appliances, and electronics. The best working of all things on earth is frequently the human body. Many people can live for 60, 70, or 80 years with virtually no illness or need for surgery…. No significant maintenance!
That is not true of us spiritually. We have hearts that can grow cold. Our minds can become cluttered with things that are depressing or useless. Our energies can wane as we fail to be as active as we once were. When that happens, we go to see a physician to seek an answer as to how we can be renewed. In days past, the church would have revivals so that the saints of God could focus on being “revived”. Today, we are far too busy to take the time to be “made new” by the power and hand of God…….we need to be more like an eagle.
When the Psalmist mentions the renewal of the eagle, he may be referring to the “molting process” in an eagle’s life. As eagles age, their beaks and talons become encrusted with calcium. Thus, neither is as sharp as they once were. When this happens the aging eagle cannot hunt as effectively as he once did. As he ages, he also loses some of his feathers. When this happens it causes his body to “whistle” in the air as he dives toward his prey. This destroys his ability to hunt in silence, thus further reducing his effectiveness as a hunter.
When the eagle enters this period of his life, he will descend from soaring in the heights above and find him a place in the rocks. There, he will pluck out all of his feathers and break off his own calcium encrusted beak against the rocks. He will even scratch his talons against the rocks until they are reduced to nubs. At this point, the eagle is absolutely vulnerable and defenseless. Many eagles die during this process because they cannot feed themselves or escape predators. But, during this time a wonderful thing begins to happen to those who survive.
One day the feathers of the eagle begin to grow back. His beak will also grow back. His talons regrow as long and as sharp as ever before. After a time, the eagle will step out on the rocks, flap his great wings and take to the skies once again in victory!
Are you walking through a time of great loss? Do you stand before your enemy feeling defenseless and vulnerable? God is your defense. He is growing you through this valley in your life to become stronger in Him than you have ever been. Wait on Him. Your spiritual feathers will grow back and your talons will reappear. Stay with the process for He is faithful who has called you. He will finish what He started in your life and ministry! (Philippians 1:4). (Copied).
Do you remember the hymn? Take my will and make it Thine, It shall be no longer mine; Take my heart, it is Thine own, It shall be thy royal throne; It shall be Thy royal throne. (Copied).