Songs In The Night From The Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) By Dan'sPix

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) By Dan

who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’ (Job 35:11 ESV)

Orni-Theology

Orni-Theology

Recently.a friend was telling me about a bird that has been singing every night. He said that it begins around 3 AM and continues for hours. He was frustrated by the bird’s behavior. After discussing it, we came to the conclusion that it is a Northern Mockingbird. They have one with a nest in their yard.

We used to have one that had a nest in the bush outside our bedroom window when we lived in south Florida. Whenever the babies were born, our Mockingbird started its “songs in the night.” The songs are pleasant, but in the middle of the night, the urge to throw a pillow out the window sounds tempting.

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) Juvenile ©WikiC

Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) Juvenile ©WikiC

Northern Mockingbirds are members of the Mimidae – Mockingbirds, Thrashers Family. They are the only Mockingbird in North America and are the state bird in Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas, and formerly the state bird of South Carolina. They are omnivore, meaning it eats fruits and insects.

The Northern Mockingbird is a medium-sized mimid that has long legs and tail. Both males and females look alike. Its upper parts are colored gray, while its underparts have a white or whitish-gray color. It has parallel wing bars on the half of the wings connected near the white patch giving it a distinctive appearance in flight. The iris is usually a light green-yellow or a yellow, but there have been instances of an orange color. The bill is black with a brownish black appearance at the base. The juvenile appearance is marked by its streaks on its back, distinguished spots and streaks on its chest, and a gray or grayish-green iris. Northern Mockingbirds measure from 8.1 to 11.0 in (20.5 to 28 cm) including a tail almost as long as its body.

Although many species of bird imitate the vocalizations of other birds, the Northern Mockingbird is the best known in North America for doing so. It imitates not only birds, but also other animals and mechanical sounds such as car alarms. As convincing as these imitations may be to humans, they often fail to fool other birds. (Wikipedia with editing)

Northern Mockingbird Viera Wetlands

Northern Mockingbird Viera Wetlands by Lee

What is interesting about the Bible verse above is that the verse has been used many times before, but I have not used the previous verse. Here are the two verses together.

But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night, Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth, And makes us wiser than the birds of heaven?’ (Job 35:10-11 NKJV)

God our Maker and the Lord our Savior gives us songs in the night when all is well. Apparently, the Mockingbird is happy or joyful as he sings his songs in the night. We can learn from the songster of the night.

Looking at other verses, what can cause us to not have songs in the night?

The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song shall be with me— A prayer to the God of my life. (Psalms 42:8 NKJV)

Are we praying and staying in communication with the Lord? When sin creeps in, the songs stop ringing out.

You shall have a song as in the night when a holy feast is kept, and gladness of heart, as when one sets out to the sound of the flute to go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel. (Isaiah 30:29 ESV)

When we have Communion, our pastor always asks us to make sure our fellowship with the Lord and others is clear. When all is straightened out, then we can have our “feast” (communion) with a clear forgiven spirit.

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, (Acts 16:25 ESV)

Even when circumstances are not what we would like are we still “praying and singing hymns to God”?

Why we should sing night or day:

speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, (Ephesians 5:19 NKJV)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:16-17 NKJV)

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6 thoughts on “Songs In The Night From The Mockingbird

  1. The Mocking Bird
    He brings me both sad and pleasant memories. He sang just for me one evening in West Palm Beach…..oh what a beautiful meaningful song for the
    Lord sent him to sing just for me.
    Late one evening my wife and I sat by a lake and took in the awesome power of a full moon and the reflections of the lakeside homes opposite.
    I had to make preparations to return to England…. I felt so sad for my wife who sat beside me. I could not really imagine her thoughts…. we just sat and said nothing !!
    Then from somewhere behind us, in a row of trees, came the most melodious sound I’d ever heard. So beautiful, and so incredible, it seemed to me, that this insignificant looking bird should have such a vast array of songs…..
    I just knew that it was the Holy Spirit Who being aware of the impending heart-breaking marriage departure was saying ” God understands your heart, Peter…..He is with you wherever you go ! ”
    So God has been with me in great times of difficulty here in Norfolk, UK but
    I’ll never forget that Mocking Bird for the closer I get to nature, the closer I get to my loving Father in Heaven, the Creator of all things through His Son Jesus.

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    • Thanks, Peter, for sharing those sad, but pleasant thoughts. Life can be like that at times, sad, but the Lord lets us know He cares and has not forsaken us.

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  2. Every true Texan appreciates the multifarious songs of the Northern Mockingbird — because it is the official state bird! (Maybe you already knew that — but did you know that the official small mammal of Texas is the Nine-banded Armadillo?!)

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    • No, we never get to see the bands on ours here in Florida. They are usually upside down and you can’t see their backs to count their bands. :)

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  3. Spring is getting near and the mockingbirds at my house have begun singing earlier and earlier. I heard one this week begin singing just before 6 AM, although the sun was still a ways off from rising. I wake around 5 AM each morning to study Scripture, as it is one of the only times of day I have the solitude to do so. But is nice to hear the Mockingbirds, Cardinals and Towhees outside my study window as they “Sing in the night” at the advancing dawn. William — “What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, made earth overflow with your wonderful creations.” Psalms 104 The Message

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    • Thanks, William. Great to hear you are hearing the mockingbirds. Miss them here at our new house. The houses are all new and no trees around yet. Many of us are putting out plants. Maybe next spring there will be some songs in the night. Good to see that something that was written years ago is still viable.

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