Songs & Scripture: “Open the eyes of my heart” (Paul Baloche)

Smiling Through Her Eyes
May we all be more like children, with our eyes open and our hearts soft. (Photo credit: Michael Mistretta)

I have always understood this song to be a plea to not be the kind of people God  condemns for their hardened hearts that cause them to not hear or see as in the passages from Isaiah and Ezekiel, but then I found it also is in Ephesians in the positive sense:

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.

~Ephesians 1:18, NIV

In fact, this is the verse that inspired Paul Baloche to write this song. You can read the rest of that story here.

Open the Eyes of My Heart
Written by Paul Baloche
CCLI#: 2298355

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord (Psalm 119:18Isaiah 6:9-10, Ezekiel 12:1-2, Matthew 13:13-17Acts 26:16-18, Acts 28:25-27Ephesians 1:18)
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You (Exodus 33:18)
I want to see You (2x)

To see You high and lifted up (Isaiah 6:1)
Shining in the light of Your glory (Exodus 33:19-23)
Pour out Your power and love (Isaiah 44:3-5)
As we sing holy, holy, holy (Isaiah 6:3Revelation 4:8)

Holy, holy holy (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8)
Holy, holy, holy
Holy, holy, holy
I want to see You (2x)

With love,

Lauren

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Songs & Scripture: “Break Every Chain” (Will Reagan)

Chain Link
Chain Link (Photo credit: small world)

“Break Every Chain” is a powerful, building song, especially for those who have ever struggled or currently struggle with an addiction. Kim Walker Smith does a really great rendition of this song, but I found Tasha Cobbs’ version even better. It’s a very simple song lyric-wise, since it mostly repeats on itself.

Break Every Chain
Written By Will Reagan
CCLI#: 5910977

Chorus:
There is power in the name of Jesus(3x) (Jeremiah 10:6, Luke 1:31-33John 14:12-14, John 16:23-24, Acts 3:16Acts 4:12Philippians 2:9-11, 1 John 4:4)
to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain. (2x) (John 8:31-36, Acts 12:6-7, Romans 6:22-23, Galatians 5:1)

Lead:
Theres an army rising up.(3x) (Isaiah 54:17, Ephesians 6:10-18, 1 Corinthians 15:57, 2 Timothy 2:3-4James 4:12)
To break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.(2x) (Isaiah 58:6-8, Acts 3:6-7Acts 16:18)

Vamp:
I hear the chains falling.

[Chorus]

With love,

Lauren

P.S. For those of you who like memes, I thought this one was hilarious and quite timely for this song. Thanks Christian Memes for keeping us chuckling (And I’m sure Jesus is too).

Songs & Scripture: “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)” (John Wilbur Chapman, Mark Hall, Michael Bleecker)

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Trumpet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best thing about this hymn redone by Casting Crowns is that there were multiple glorious days in God’s story of redemption.

Mark Hall of Casting Crowns and Michael Bleecker wrote the music to this modern rendition but the lyrics are all taken from the hymn “One Day” by John Wilbur Chapman, composed in 1910.

There is so much packed into this song that it took me multiple days to look up all of the Scripture references. Sorry it’s been so long since the last Songs & Scripture post!

On a quick note: I found some debates online about the theology of the chorus.  In my opinion, “living, dying, buried, rising, coming” as a WHOLE makes being loved, saved, sins being carried away, being justified possible. And I think that’s how the original author of the hymn meant it to be, not to be a “living=loving” “dying=saving”, etc. kind of interpretation.  If you took out any of those pieces of Jesus’ life, we would not be singing any songs about him because it would all fall apart!

What are your thoughts? Of course, I think it’s important to sing songs that are biblically accurate, but at the same time I don’t believe we always have to be singing word for word Bible verses.

Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)
CCLI# 5638022
Written by John Wilbur Chapman, Mark Hall, and Michael Bleecker

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises (Isaiah 6:1-5, Daniel 7:13-14)
One day when sin was as black as could be (Psalm 38:3-8, Psalm 51:3-5, Isaiah 1:18Isaiah 64:6, Matthew 6:23Romans 3:23)
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14Matthew 1:18-25Luke 1:26-38)
Dwelt among men, my example is He (John 13:12-17Romans 15:1-3)
Word became flesh and the light shined among us (John 1:4-514)
His glory revealed (Matthew 17:1-2John 1:14)

[Chorus:]
Living, He loved me (John 3:16, John 15:9, 12, Galatians 2:20)
Dying, He saved me (John 3:17, John 10:11)
Buried, He carried my sins far away (Psalm 103:12, Isaiah 43:25, Isaiah 44:22, Micah 7:19, Romans 6:6-7)
Rising, He justified freely forever (Romans 3:21-26Romans 4:25Romans 8:3-4)
One day He’s coming (John 14:1-3Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 22:12, 20)*
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain (Luke 23:33 KJV)
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree (Psalm 22:16, Matthew 27:35Mark 15:24, Luke 23:33-34, John 19:16-18)
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected (Isaiah 53:3-4)
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He (Isaiah 53:12)
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree (2 Chronicles 7:14)
And took the nails for me (Isaiah 53:5-6, Colossians 2:13-14)

[Chorus]

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door (Matthew 28:2, Mark 16:4, Luke 24:1-2, John 20:1)
Then He arose, over death He had conquered (Matthew 28:7Mark 16:6, 1 Corinthians 15:16-20)
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore (Luke 24:50-51, Acts 1:9-11)
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him (Acts 2:24)
From rising again

[Chorus]

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming (1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 11:15-19)
One day the skies with His glories will shine (Matthew 24:27Luke 21:27Revelation 1:7)
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine

[Chorus]

Glorious day, Oh, Glorious day

*As with the line “one day he’s coming” I had to cut off the number of Scriptures I included for many of the lines. But I’d like to continue on this topic: often Jesus’ second coming is not preached often enough on in the Western Church, but there are dozens of Scriptures on this very topic. I don’t want to assume this is common knowledge, unfortunately, after a friend I knew who had been going to church for years was surprised when I mentioned Jesus’ second coming and had no idea what I was referring to. Why is that so tragic?

Because like all the other parts of the story, Jesus’ second coming is crucial: the final piece of the puzzle to our redemption: only through Jesus’ second coming do we have hope of eternal life!

“so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” -Hebrews 9:28

For more on Jesus’ return I recommend this site.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.

With love,

Lauren

Songs & Scripture: “After All (Holy)” (David Crowder, Mark Waldrop, Matt Maher, Mike Dodson)

Stars, and the glow over the Halemaumau crater...
Stars, and the glow over the Halemaumau crater of the Kilauea volcano on Big Island, Hawaii (Photo credit: LoveBigIsland)

David Crowder Band has put out some pretty awesome worship songs, but when I was listening to this one on the radio, I almost pulled my car over it was so good and I couldn’t help but praise God.

The lyrics are so poetic that often it’s hard to find a verse exactly quoted, but nevertheless very biblical, so I’ve included verses that are related to the lyrics or further prove their point for this Songs & Scripture post.

After All (Holy)
CCLI# 6191221
Writers: David Crowder, Mark Waldrop, Matt Maher, Mike Dodson

I can’t comprehend your infinitely beautiful and perfect love (Isaiah 61:10, Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16John 15:3)
Oh I’ve dreamed dreams of majesty as brilliant as a billion stars (1 Chronicles 16:23-27, Psalm 8:3-4)
But they’re never bright enough after all (Isaiah 60:19)

You are Holy
Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8)

I will sing a song for you my God with everything I have in me (Psalm 108:1)
But it’s never loud enough after all

You are Holy
Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy

Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory, glory (Psalm 19:1-4, Isaiah 6:3Ezekiel 43:2Romans 1:19-20)
My soul it overflows full of your glory, your glory (2 Corinthians 4:6, Colossians 1:27)
Oh blessed is he who reigns, full of your glory, your glory (John 12:13Acts 7:55-56, Hebrews 1:1-4)
My cup, it can’t contain all of your glory, your glory (Psalm 23:5)
Hosanna we are found after all you are (Philippians 3:8-9Colossians 3:3)

Holy
Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy

I can’t comprehend
You’re infinitely beautiful

With love,

Lauren