I love this song! It has a beautiful melody and a beautiful message. God loves us and he has given us a wonderful world to enjoy – because He loves us. If we focus on the beauties of the world around us, we are bound to see them – because they are there. They are there, in fact, in rich abundance. And we will be happy if we see them.
When we sing this song, we are reminded of the great gifts our Heavenly Father has bestowed upon us – the wonder of birds that sing lilting songs from the marshes and the trees, a blue sky with ever-changing clouds and colors, rain that replenishes the earth and wind that brushes our cheeks. We have the velvet of a rose to touch and smell, eyes to see such wonders, magical sounds to hear and a mind and heart that allow us to fully participate in and enjoy the God-given life we have here. What a wonder it all is! How blessed we are to have a Heavenly Father who loves us so much. That is why I love this song. It reminds me of all this and makes me happy.
Clara W. McMaster (1904-1997) was the eleventh child in her family and grew up singing and playing the piano with a large group of siblings, parents, relatives and friends. She said:
“I’m grateful that as a child we had an orchestra, and a chorus in our family. It was easy because we had no radios, TV, or movies. I was born on a farm, and I knew the sounds in the barnyard. When I was called to the Primary general board, I was told that the children needed a song to teach them that their Heavenly Father loves them. I didn’t really know how to do that. The Lord answered my prayers through the song of a bird. All I would have to do to write this song was to bear my testimony. This was my way of saying to the children that my Heavenly Father loves me. It wasn’t my song. It was something brought into my heart many years ago. I’m grateful that the children still want to sing my song” (Graham: We Shall Make Music, p. 179-180).
Sister McMaster also said that “Music is a rich gift of God, and it is in the world to make the lives of His children happier and better” (Graham: We Shall Make Music, p. 180).
Sister McMaster was a member of the Tabernacle Choir for twenty-two years and served for fourteen years on the Primary general board.
Congregation Choir Arrangement
Our Congregation Choir for Primary arrangement of this song includes an enhanced piano part and a countermelody that could be used for voice or any appropriate instrument. Perhaps a flute playing the countermelody would be a nice reminder of the bird song that first brought this song into being.
Listen to it here with voices singing the countermelody:
verse 1: melody (with enhanced piano accompaniment)
verse 2: countermelody
verse 3: both melodies together