Listen to the beginner piano arrangement of Count Your Blessings.
Rev. Johnson Oatman, Jr., was one of the important and prolific gospel song writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a child Oatman Junior became acquainted with the hymns of the church through the singing talents of his father. Oatman joined the Methodist Church and years later was granted a license to preach in local Methodist congregations. He wrote over 5,000 hymn texts.
Count your Blessings is generally considered to be Oatman’s finest hymn. It first appeared in Songs for Young People, compiled and published by Edwin O. Excell in 1897. It has been sung all over the world. One writer has stated, “Like a beam of sunlight it has brightened up the dark places of the earth.”