The Story Behind Count Your Blessings
Johnson Oatman, Jr. lived between 1856-1922. During his lifetime he wrote lyrics for over five thousand Gospel songs and hymns. A large number of his songs are still sung in the church to this day. Some of his most familiar hymns are: Count Your Blessings, He Included Me, Higher Ground, and No, Not One.
Edwin Othello Excell, commonly known as E. O. Excell, was a prominent composer during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Estimates of the number of songs authored, composed or arranged by Excell range well over two thousand. Two that remain well known are his 1909 arrangement of John Newton's Amazing Grace and the tune he composed for Johnson Oatman's Count Your Blessings.
"Count Your Blessings" is a wonderful song to sing any day of the year as a reminder of the many blessings of God, even during hardships. You will feel joy and contentment after joining in with this hymn!
Bible Inspiration for Count Your Blessings Lyrics
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. - James 1:12
"And if you faithfully obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out." - Deuteronomy 28:1-6
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” - Jeremiah 17:7-8