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His Eye is on the Sparrow!

What is the underlying theme of the
song, His Eye is on the Sparrow?  Suddenly another hymn comes to my mind…Peace, Peace, Wonderful Peace, coming down
from the Father above.  Sweep over my
spirit forever, I pray, In fathomless billows of love.
   That
in essence is the story behind the hymn, “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” 
What is a sparrow worth?  It is not what a ‘bird watcher’ exults in searching
for. There are no brilliant flashes of color or beautiful songs for the sparrow
to sing.
  What is it about the every day
sparrow that drew Jesus to mention the lowly sparrow in His Word?
    Don’t be afraid of
those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God,
who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin? But not a single
sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.
 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock
of sparrows. 
Matthew 10:28-31. 
     God
compares us as being more valuable than a whole flock of sparrows.  The other day I watched a sparrow hopping
energetically below the bird feeder.  He
chirped his tuneless song.  The sparrow
is insistently persistent in his living. 
God knows each sparrow, and we are much more important to Him than a whole
flock of sparrows.  As I watched this
sparrow and his brothers I, began singing the first phrase of a song I learned
long ago and wondered why it was written. 
         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;
     His eye
is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.
         These
lyrics were written by Civilla Martin, 1869-1948.  She was born in Nova Scotia and died in
Atlanta GA.  She is described as a school
teacher with a modest musical training. 
She married a Baptist minister, Walter Stillman Martin, educated at
Harvard. Together they wrote hymns for revival meetings. 
         When
Walter and Civilla Martin visited Mrs. Doolittle, in Elmira, NY, their
conversation led to writing a hymn.  Mrs.
Doolittle had been confined to her bed for 20 years.  Her husband continued to work, though
crippled, he had to propel the wheel chair to go to work each day. 
         Despite
their ill-health, they lived thankful and filled with hope.  Their Christian example brought inspiration
and comfort to everyone they met.  When
Walter Martin commented on their quiet joyous lives, Mrs Doolittle’s response
came quickly, ‘His eye is on the sparrow
and I know His Eye is on me’
.
         Civilla
Martin wrote the lyrics of this hymn (1905) and mailed it the next day to
Charles Gabriel, the writer of between seven thousand and eight thousand songs.
         When
I was younger, I sang the chorus before I even knew the awesome meaning of
freedom…
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
. Jesus
said to the people who believed in him,
“You are truly my disciples if you
remain faithful to my teachings.
And you will know the truth, and the truth
will set you free.

 John 8:31-32.
     Only
in Jesus is there true freedom.   These
words speak to prisoners of guilt, sickness, chains, discouragement, and anger
and give them hope. 
         The
genesis of true freedom begins only in Jesus. 
The lyrics of one of the verses contains the words of Jesus in one of my
favorite verses:
         “Don’t let your hearts be
troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not
so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
 When everything is ready, I
will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
 And you know the way to where I am going.”
John 14:1-4.
    “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.
    When
we are thankful, we have hope, which leads us to trust, and trust begets peace. From day to day we wonder who cares,
and then the lyrics leap out of our hearts, clothed in a beautiful melody, His eye is on the sparrow, and I know, oh I
know, I know He watches me
.
 
      But I am not ashamed
of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to
guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return.
2
Timothy 1:12b
          “I am the good shepherd; I know
my own sheep, and they know me,

just as my Father
knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.”

John 17:4
         Oh, that you had listened to
my commands!
Then
you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river
and
righteousness rolling over you like waves in the sea.
– Isaiah 48:18
         Don’t worry about anything;
instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all
he has done.
Then
you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His
peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus
. – Philippians 4:6-7
         But as for me, God will redeem
my life.
He
will snatch me from the power of the grave
.  – Psalm 49:15
         “That is why I tell you not to
worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough
clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
Look at the birds. They
don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds
them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?
– Matthew 6:25-26


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