Faith, Words & Meditations

When Songs Give Place to Sighing

February 26, 2014


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;

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.


“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.


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;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me

Written by Civilla Martin


This is an old familiar hymn, most of you may know it or have heard it at some point, perhaps in a movie about singing nuns. Still there is so much truth in it. Hymns have a curious way of transcending time with words that pierce through darkness. Perhaps when truth is truth with no filler or substitutions you cannot question it’s authority.  Hymns remind me of truth when I need to hear it, they speak truth when I most need it.


Sometimes you may be discouraged, your heart troubled, I have been very recently and am still battling it daily. Words people say or actions done are hurtful at times. I’m dealing with this mind battle of words and actions myself. You may be discouraged by words and actions or by your circumstance or by your perceived shortcomings. Whatever it is, let us together take comfort in this old hymn, remember the words “I know He watches me”. This is a reminder for myself when I feel the swirl of discouragement and doubt because I want to rest on His Goodness knowing His comfort. I want to know I am like one little sparrow in a great world of them and he is still mindful of me, watches me, comforts me, delivers me.


Don’t let the words of people discourage you or your circumstances (I’m with you in struggling with these things) because this is such a beautiful observation “when songs give place to sighing”, and think how much more beautiful the song in these times than the sighing. I want this to be my life motto instead “When Songs take place of sighings”. I know so much about the sighing and not so much about the Song. Let us not forget the song and sing it once again.


I don’t know this truth, the truth of resting on Goodness, yet, well I know it but I don’t act upon the knowing and I am praying for a heart change that allows me to weather discouragement, fear and doubt. In a culture of “sighings”, where we share each and every disappointment and groaning so publicly and immediately, there is an alternative. I want to sing the Song rather than think of my sighings because I do know He watches me, this is truth for me and truth for you.

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  • Reply Annie Collins February 26, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Beautiful reminder Ellie, thank you!

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