What are We Singing: Open the Eyes of My Heart
- Wednesday, July 18, 2007
My excitement could not be contained. Even as I woke early in the morning, my heart leapt at the thought of what was coming. In a matter of weeks — then days — I was going to see something I’d read about my whole life. I was going to witness with my own eyes a place I’d always wanted to go but until then, had yet to see.
The Sea of Galilee.
I remember the morning I said to myself, “You are going to see it. Actually see it.”
Then it dawned on me. With all the excitement about seeing the sea… one day — better still — I would see Jesus with my very own eyes. Stand face to face with my Savior, Friend, and Bridegroom.
A much more exciting thought for sure. But until that day, my spiritual eyes would have to suffice.
Paul Baloche Paul Baloche, the worship leader who gave us Open the Eyes of My Heart, says that the “bottom line of praise and worship music is to get people to sing their prayers.” With this song, he has penned words accompanied by music to allow singers, worshippers, and seekers to do just that.
It should be the desire of any Christian’s heart to see Jesus and so we pray for that. But what does that mean, exactly? How does one see with one’s heart? Does the heart have eyes? And, if so, how can they be opened?
Even more frightening, I suppose, is what we might actually catch a glimpse of were we to even catch a fleeting vision of the Lord, high and lifted up.
Body Parts In writing his song, Paul Baloche has offered two body parts of worshippers that — though quite familiar in the physical — are sung about in the spiritual. To understand what it means to have the eyes of one’s heart opened in order to see the Lord, let us first examine the words of another lyricist, an unknown Israelite of exemplary piety who was passionately devoted to the word of God as the word of life.
Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.
When the unknown but adoring psalmist penned these words, was he speaking of physical eyes? No. Reading the scriptures for this man was more than just capturing words from the parchment, it was gleaning…beholding…understanding…and even more so, applying the truth of it to his life. He also expected to see only wonderful things within God’s Word, for God—he knew—can ultimately show us no less, including those things too difficult to grasp.
In almost every case of scripture (though not in every case) when the heart is written about, it is not the physical heart, but the spiritual. I have always found it interesting to note that the heart — not the brain, nor the liver, nor any other part of human flesh — is linked to the origin of emotion and conscious. According to the Bible, the heart is the centre not only of spiritual activity, but of all the operations of human life.
The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
So What Shall We Then See?
According to Baloche, we ask that we see the Lord “high and lifted up.”
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven — the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
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