his eye is on the sparrow
Updated: Dec 30, 2022
"His Eye Is on the Sparrow" is a beautiful and uplifting hymn that has been enjoyed by people of many different faiths for over a century. With its powerful message of hope and divine protection, it's no wonder that it has become a beloved classic for choirs and soloists alike.
The song was originally written in 1905 by Civilla D. Martin and Charles H. Gabriel, and it has been recorded by numerous artists over the years, including Mahalia Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Lauryn Hill. The lyrics draw inspiration from the biblical passage in Matthew 10:29-31, which reads: "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."
These words offer a comforting reminder that God is watching over us and cares for us deeply, even in the smallest and most seemingly insignificant aspects of our lives. The metaphor of the sparrow, which was seen as a humble and insignificant bird in biblical times, serves to emphasize that no one is too small or insignificant for God's love and care.
The chorus of the song sums up this message beautifully, with the lyrics: "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me." This line has become one of the most well-known and beloved phrases in the song, and it speaks to the universal human desire for a sense of divine protection and guidance.
Whether sung as a solo or performed by a choir, "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" is a truly uplifting and inspiring hymn that is sure to bring hope and comfort to anyone who hears it. Its message of divine love and protection is timeless and universal, making it a song that will continue to be enjoyed by people of all ages and backgrounds for many years to come.
I arranged this version for an ensemble a couple of years ago. In hopes of giving more choirs the opportunity to perform it, I am sharing this for free with the world! This arrangement features a strong alto/tenor soloist, acoustic guitar, piano, and violin. Great for a concert closer or provides contrast in the middle of a set. See download below and enjoy!