At that time, this song
will be sung in the country of Judah:
We have a strong city, Salvation City,
built and fortified with salvation.
Throw wide the gates
so good and true people can enter.
People with their minds set on you,
you keep completely whole,
Steady on their feet,
because they keep at it and don’t quit.
Depend on God and keep at it
because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.
Those who lived high and mighty
he knocked off their high horse.
He used the city built on the hill
as fill for the marshes.
All the exploited and outcast peoples
build their lives on the reclaimed land.
For ages, all I remembered about this scripture was that I must keep my mind staid upon the Lord, and that I would be kept in perfect peace. And the scripture was integral to my making it through the hard places, the places where everything was pressing in.
What I love about Eugene Peterson’s interpretation is that attention is called to who is doing the singing. And the commentary (Asbury) calls this psalm a psalm of trust. So for me this adds a depth to the love verse, “thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is staid upon thee.” It says, “Lord, I know what you have promised, and I will sing your praises as my trust grows, because I know you are faithful. I trust in you alone Lord. Keep my eyes, my heart, my mind, my spirit focused on You.”
Today, sing. Sing because you’re happy, sing because you’re free. His eye is on you, sparrow.
His Eye is on the Sparrow
Because of Him,