Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sunday Songbook

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father…So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31

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

His Eye is on the Sparrow

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He 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,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

“Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.


Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,
When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,
I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Cyber Hymnal

Psalm 121

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.


Plant Lady said...
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Plant Lady said...

I'm glad He watches over me like the sparrows!

Plant Lady

farmlady said...

What a lovely post and hymn. Thank you.

Joyfulsister said...

Hi Becky!!
I love the story behind the song, What a postive attitude and out look. I love the song as well. No matter how many times I hear it. Those songs back then were written with words of power and strength. I'm finally catching up on my blogging, My blog went haywire lol and I lost all my blog lists.I just had to look at your profile pic for a smile again!!

Hugz Lorie

Rebeckah said...

I love this picture and I LOVE this song : ). Thanks for sharing the blessing!

LadiesoftheHouse said...

What a neat story! With my brother in a wheelchair now I was picturing what that couple's life was like day to day. He watches over us indeed.

Debbie in CA : ) said...

Aaaaahhhh . . . sweet refreshment straight from the heart of our Lord.

My Monday has improved . . . I forgot that my "littleness" is beheld in the eye of His Bigness.

Sandy Toes said...

Wonderful! I love that song!
Happy Monday on your Sunday post!:)
-Sandy toes

Beauteous Woman said...

Hi I love this song, I learn of it today! I know I have heard of this song before but I never understood what was saying because I am deaf but I can hear. Still don't understand until I read this song, I was like wow! beautiful and uplifting song. Thanks for sharing!


P.S. I'm going to add you on my blog list :)