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

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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: “We Praise Your Name” (Trent Cory)

 

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The Midtown Bridge Church about to start its Easter service in the park at Atlantic Station, Easter, 2013. Taken by me.

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 is biblical 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
CCLI#:  5305719

Holy, Holy, Father You are Holy, (Psalm 68:5John 17:11)
There is no one else like You, (2 Samuel 7:22, 1 Chronicles 17:20, Psalm 86:8Jeremiah 10:6)
Faithful, Faithful, Father You are Faithful, (Deuteronomy 7:91 Corinthians 1:9, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 Thessalonians 5:24, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, 2 Timothy 2:13, Hebrews 10:23)
We have put our trust in You, (Psalm 31:14Psalm 52:8Psalm 62:8, Proverbs 3:5)
Our God who reigns, (1 Chronicles 29:11-12, Psalm 22:28, Psalm 47:8, Isaiah 66:1, Revelation 5:13)
We praise Your name, (1 Chronicles 29:13Psalm 44:8)

Praise to the only living God, (2 Samuel 22:47Jeremiah 10:10, Revelation 1:17-18)
Praise to the Holy, Faithful one, (Psalm 71:22, Isaiah 49:7, Revelation 3:7)
Hallelujah, We praise Your name, (see above)
There is freedom to dance, in Your presence, (2 Samuel 6:14, Psalm 149:3, Psalm 150:4, Jeremiah 31:13)
Freedom to walk, in liberty (Luke 4:18-192 Corinthians 3:17, Galatians 5:1, 13, 1 Peter 2:16
Hallelujah, We praise Your name (see above)

Hallelujah (3x), We praise Your name

With love,

Lauren

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

–Lyric Excerpt from “Diverse City”, by TobyMac

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

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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