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When Ravens Cry


I’ve been reading through the Psalms for several months now. Today I read Psalm 147 and a very short phrase in one of the verses really spoke to my heart…

Psalm 147 begins with Praise to God!

Praise the Lord! It is good to sing praises to God, it is pleasant, it is pleasing (vs 1)

Then the remainder of this chapter talks about the Goodness of God & what He does:

God Builds

God Gathers

God Heals the Broken Hearted

God Binds Wounds

God Calls the Stars by Name

God Is Great

God is Powerful

God’s Understanding is Infinite

God Lifts up the Meek

God Casts Down the Wicked

God Covers the Heaven with Clouds

God Prepares Rain for the Earth

God Gives Beasts Food

God Hears The Ravens Cry (vs 9)

There is was, right in the middle of the passage about God…So small yet so enormous..”God hears the ravens cry.”

The raven, is often characterized as an insignificant bird, yet is among the most intelligent. They produce a low croaking sound. Ravens build their nests on cliffs, in trees, and on structures such as power-line towers, telephone poles, billboards, and bridges. Cliff nests are usually under a rock overhang. Tree nests tend to be in a crotch high in the tree, but below the canopy and typically farther down in a tree was where a crow’s nest would be. Their nests are hidden.

In the book of Luke chapter twelve Jesus is talking to his disciples and He tells them to not be constantly worried about what they will eat, what they will wear. Then verse 22 references the raven again:

“Consider the ravens: for they neither sow or reap; nor have a storehouse or barn; and God feeds them: how much more are you better than the birds.”

What do these passages mean for us, God’s children?

If the God of the universe cares for one minor bird enough to make sure it is fed, how much more does He care for you? If Almighty God hears the cry of this one bird whose nest is tucked away deep in a tree, how much more does He hear your cry?

Maybe today your heart is heavy and you feel like you are crying out but God is not listening. I can assure you, He is. He is listening and He cares about you. If God can hear the ravens low croaking sound, God can hear you. May I encourage you to take a few minutes to read Psalm 147. Note this chapter begins with praise. Take some time to praise the Lord today for his goodness, his faithfulness, and for all he has done for you. Then tell Him what’s on your heart. He hears you!



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