His Eye is On the Sparrow
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Today’s song, His Eye is on the Sparrow, was written in 1905
by Civilla D. Martin and Charles H. Gabriel. This song has a
great association with African-American singers and churches,
but was written by two white songwriters. This shows me that
songs – music – is a universal language. It should have no color
attached.

When I was a youngster I was privileged to hear Ethel Waters
sing this song. She is one of the most loved and famous
African-American actress/singer in American history. In fact,
she loved the song so much she used it as the title for her
autobiography.

The message of the song is taken from the Gospel of Matthew
found in the Bible:

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do
they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly
Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
6:26

Also, from Matthew 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.

His Eye is on the Sparrow has been recorded by many notable artists,
both Christian and secular:

  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe
  • Ethel Waters
  • Mahalia Jackson
  • Dottie West
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Jennifer Holliday
  • Lauryn Hill
  • Andy Griffith
  • Shirley Caesar
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Gladys Knight
  • Darlene Love
  • Whitney Houston

The chorus reflects the joy of the song:

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.

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me; 2X
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.

2. “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;  2X

3. 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; 2X


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His Eye is On the Sparrow — 5 Comments

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