His Eye is On the Sparrow

by Kathleen Huebener in Inspiration

In Psalm 61: 1-3 it is written, “Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I; for Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.”


There’s an old hymn that reflects God’s answer to our cry of help. The Sanctuary, an old church in Marion, reminded me of this hymn “His Eye is On The Sparrow” by Civilla D. Martin written in 1905. 


It was the Sanctuary’s doorways that first caught my attention. The lower entrance reminded me of Christ’s tomb; the upper door, entrance to God’s Church. The symbolism displayed gripped my heart. Then I saw something more, a gift of blessing. If you look up on the roof of the porch, you will see a sparrow, taking shelter in the warmth.

The Sanctuary, Marion, Iowa

One verse of the old hymn sings:

“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:


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. “


In Matthew 10, verses 29 to 31 remind us of God’s loving care, even for sparrows.

Verse 31 says, ”Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. “

God’s eye is on the sparrow, Dear One,

And I know He watches over us.


Praise God’s faithfulness and loving kindness forever!