Little bird finds itself enlightened to the realities in which it has been created. It finds little consolation in the passing things that surround it. It finds the will to forsake the world and all that it holds; to surrender itself completely to the King. Little bird pleads: "I lie prostrate in the dust; give me life according to your word." 1.

It has confidence in the King's Love: "For in sacrifice you take no delight...a humbled, contrite heart you will not spurn" 2

A partner in redemption; little bird does her part
To secure salvation: surrendering her heart.
Sanctifier's light illumines each crevice found therein:
Dispelling all the darkness; scattering the sin.

Total Surrender

Surrender bindings of worldly wire:
Heart of stone and spirit of clay;
Eyes scaled over with pride and desire --
Sooted with sin -- in disarray.

Fell the scales and shed the clay;
With mercy, melt the heart of stone.
In humble penitence, pray,
For grace to live for God alone.

Wonderful words will not suffice;
Conditional terms will not hold.
Surrender is better than sacrifice;
A humbled heart worthy of gold.

Come to the Lord with all your heart;
A new spirit He will impart.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. Psalms 119: 25
2. Psalms 51:18,19

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