“Birdsong is the paragon of creation’s praise to its creator. So exemplifying the reciprocity of the gift, birdsong is a [sic] both a gift of God and gift to God. Furthermore, the birds give instruction to humans and embarrass them by their singing…. [B]irdsong is a living reminder of God’s endlessly giving goodness. Compared to humans — who would despair when they do not have a food store for at least two weeks — birds continue to sing though they do not necessarily know where they’ll get food tomorrow. God has made birds our masters, to teach us to trust in God and to cast all our troubles on him.”
— Miikka E Anttila. Luther’s Theology of Music: Spiritual Beauty and Pleasure. Theologische Bibliothek Töpelmann Band 161. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013. pp. 88-89.