With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: His Eye is on the Sparrow

Monday, October 19, 2009

His Eye is on the Sparrow

and I know he watches me.
~art work by Abbey~



Why should I feel discouraged?
Why should the shadows come?
Why should my heart feel lonely?
And long for heaven and home

When Jesus is my portion
A constant friend is He
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches over me
His eye is on the sparrow
and I know He over watches me
His eye is on the sparrow
and I know He watches me

I sing because I'm happy
I sing because I'm free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me (He watches me)
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches (I know He watches)
I know He watches me

(I) I sing because I'm happy
I sing because I'm free
His eye is on the sparrow
And I know He watches me (He watches me)
His eye is on the sparrow
I know, He watches me
He watches me
He watches me
I know
He watches me.

[the song was originally written in 1905 by lyricist Civilla D. Martin and composer Charles H. Gabriel]

Civilla said this about her inspiration to write it based in the scriptures outlined below,
Early in the spring of 1905, my hus­band and I were so­journ­ing in El­mi­ra, New York. We con­tract­ed a deep friend­ship for a cou­ple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doo­lit­tle—true saints of God. Mrs. Doo­lit­tle had been bed­rid­den for nigh twen­ty years. Her hus­band was an in­cur­a­ble crip­ple who had to pro­pel him­self to and from his bus­i­ness in a wheel chair. De­spite their af­flict­ions, they lived hap­py Christ­ian lives, bring­ing in­spir­a­tion and com­fort to all who knew them. One day while we were vi­sit­ing with the Doo­lit­tles, my hus­band com­ment­ed on their bright hope­ful­ness and asked them for the se­cret of it. Mrs. Doo­lit­tle’s re­ply was sim­ple: "His eye is on the spar­row, and I know He watch­es me." The beau­ty of this sim­ple ex­press­ion of bound­less faith gripped the hearts and fired the imag­in­a­tion of Dr. Mar­tin and me. The hymn "His Eye Is on the Spar­row" was the out­come of that ex­per­i­ence.
-- Civilla Martin
Matthew Chapter 6:26
26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Matthew Chapter 10:29-31.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

7 comments:

marie said...

Those are two of my most favorite verses and I love that song. I especially love Ethel Waters version of it. She used to sing it at the Billy Graham Crusades.

Thanks for sharing the history about Civilla.

Mildred said...

Good Morning, This is one of my favorites and what a lovely arrangement by BJ Thomas. Wishing you a lovely day.

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I love this song! I remember my father would quote those verses so many times from the pulpit. He loved to point out how God would and does take care of us because He takes care of the lowly sparrow.

I never heard the story of how the song was written. Thank you for sharing it!

What a great way to start my day!

Is Abbey one of your grandchildren??

Lady Farmer said...

Abbey's art is beautiful!
Thank you for the background on one of my favorite hymns! My girls, when they were small, would climb into an apple tree and sing it just as sweetly as any sparrow!
Thank you for sharing this beautiful message about our Father's care for us.
Blessings!
Oh! I see on your countdown banner, you just had an anniversary ! Congratulations on 34 years of wedded bliss!

Karen said...

When I read the stories behind the songs, they always mean so much more. Thank you. That is a very inspiring story and song.

Christy said...

I love that song too. Thanks for posting the story behind it!

Anonymous said...

This is my first visit. The whole website is so beautiful and uplifting. Your Scripture verses give me hope. Thank you for sharing your spirit with me. I don't feel so alone tonight. God Bless you and your beautiful family. Janet

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