Having someone watch your every move is typically considered to be a negative experience, but it’s not so with God. Knowing that He watches us each moment, knows our every thought, and guides our every step brings an incredible sense of joy and lasting peace.
This past Sunday morning my wife and I led our congregation in a special Thanksgiving worship service. At the conclusion of the service, we each took a microphone and sang Selah’s His Eye Is On the Sparrow as a duet. Our hearts were full, and it was a moment of incredible worship for the two of us as we joined with our entire church family in praising God for the unspeakable blessings He has poured into all our lives.
This particular recording by Selah is the best version of this old hymn that I’ve ever heard. Just as the music group’s name, “Selah,” means “to pause and reflect,” the song is arranged as a modern psalm and leads us to truly reflect on the deep power behind the familiar lyrics. My favorite part of this arrangement is the very end, where the words “I know He watches me” is repeated three times. Throughout the Bible repetition is used to emphasize and call attention to a particular truth or idea, and it’s as if the singers are saying, “I know that I know that I know He watches over me.”
If you have never heard Selah’s arrangement of this song, you should take a minute or two to listen to it:
Selah – His Eye Is On the Sparrow
We usually assume that Thanksgiving is a time to praise God for all of the good things that have happened in our lives during the previous year, but our worship doesn’t end there! Even if we’ve faced difficult trials or overwhelming hardship this last year, we can still worship the Sovereign God with all our hearts, because through it all He has watched over us and cared for us.
I know He watches me… and what joy it brings to acknowledge this!
Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!
“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”