Free the doves, do not think to put them in a cage.
Let these symbols of God’s Spirit come as a sage
With wisdom to guide you along your life’s path,
And lead you to Christ who can save you from wrath.
These flashes of purity speak of God’s grace.
These birds do not worry. False hope they don’t chase.
They’re quiet but gentle and talk without speech.
To those who have eyes to see, they’re free to preach.
The dove spells good news, but when we spurn its grace
No souls are delivered. God’s Word finds no place
In men’s hardened hearts, for they can’t find their way.
False messenger pigeons have led them astray.
Free the doves, let them loose, Let God’s Spirit prevail.
Do not clip a wing and do not snip a tail,
But open the cage, let them fly where they may.
Don’t hinder their progress but heed what they say.
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves.
And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
– Matthew 21:12-14
Doves symbolize the Holy Spirit, who descended on Jesus like a dove and remained upon him. (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22, John 1:32)
For, the thief, which is the devil, “comes to steal, kill and destroy: I (Jesus) am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10
The devil wants to keep people lame and blind and miserable. He wants to steal our health, kill our well being, and destroy our souls.
“But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” – Matthew 12:28
When Jesus freed the doves, it served as a picture of deliverance. As Peter explained in Acts 10:38, Jesus Christ whom God anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power, did good everywhere he went and healing everyone the devil had oppressed.