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
When I found my home church, the Midtown Bridge Church, I found a community that treasures its diversity and values that because it reflects the local neighborhood. Should that be the entire foundation of a church? Absolutely not. A church needs to hold to biblical principles first and foremost, and not exist solely as diversity club. But especially in geographical areas where racism sadly still rears its ugly head (like in Atlanta), I think it makes sense for a church to make that a (not the) pillar of its mission. And I would argue that fighting for that diversity isbiblical especially in those areas.
Which brings me to the song I selected for my Songs & Scripture post: We Praise Your Name. Something my church (and small group) does to acknowledge and encourage its intercultural congregation is singing a large variety of worship song styles– from hymns to Hillsong to gospel. I’ll admit, when I first went to this church, gospel style music made my ultra-white-Vermont-self uncomfortable. I still love hymns, but gospel has grown on me and I feel blessed to have learned a new style of music to worship my God. My church sings this song often, and I love the fact that Trent Cory, who wrote & sings this song in the video below, is also part of a racially diverse church! Such a refreshing (and sadly not common enough!) blend of music styles in this song. I hope you enjoy it!
We Praise Your Name
Words and Music by Trent Cory
Stirring, we’ll lure you in and we’ll make room for the shade of skin
Short ones, tall ones, skinny ones, bigger, love is the gun and we pullin’ that trigger
So you send me and I’ll send you hope in the form of a new tattoo
Mine is the shiny city on a hill and yours, of course, is the colors that fill it
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)
Writers: David Crowder, Mark Waldrop, Matt Maher, Mike Dodson