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    Story behind “Open the Eyes of my Heart”

    Posted on August 21, 2009 by Paul | 13 Comments | Jump to Comments Box Below

    Written by Debra Evans Price with Paul Baloche
    Integrity Music
    June 6, 2002
    This well-known worship tune by Paul Baloche was inspired in part by Ephesians 1:18.

    Leading others in worshiping God is not a talent that can be learned; it’s a mission that must be placed on a heart. It’s one that has been warmly embraced by Paul Baloche. A prolific songwriter and inspired praise leader, Paul has written or co-written more than 120 recorded worship songs. His experiences as a worship leader fuel Paul’s creative expression. He’s led worship in a variety of locales including Asia, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, not to mention his home church, Community Christian Fellowship in Lindale, Texas, where he serves as praise and worship pastor.

    Among the most moving of his songs is “Open the Eyes of My Heart.”

    “Of all the songs that I’ve written, it’s amazed me how people have responded to this one so quickly,” says Paul. “I’ve gotten more e-mails and calls and letters and responses from churches saying, ‘This is the theme of our church this year,’ or ‘This is the theme of our conference,’ or ‘This is the cry of our hearts.’ It’s great hearing people resonate with that same desire to say, ‘I’ve been in religion a long time and that’s not enough. I want to know Him. I want to see God. I want to wake up each day and be more aware of Your presence in my life. I want to see Your kingdom in the midst of this world, so I can be a part of it and I can do my part.’”

    Paul says the song was inspired in part by Ephesians 1:18.

    “The Apostle Paul was writing a letter to the Ephesians and he says, ‘I pray that the eyes of your heart would be enlightened.’ That verse stirred in my heart. One morning, while playing during a ministry time at my church, I began to sing that phrase over and over again: ‘Open the eyes of my heart, Lord. Open the eyes of my heart.’ The whole song pretty much rolled off my tongue while prayerfully playing my guitar and singing out to Him. It really is a simple song that reflected the sincere prayer of my heart.”

    He admits the song was also influenced by his teaching experiences.

    “For years, I’ve taught at these worship conferences on Biblical worship and Biblical expressions of worship,” he says. “It occurred to me that so often we’re teaching the externals. In Psalm 95 it says, ‘Come let’s sing for joy. Let’s shout out loud. Let’s kneel in worship. Let’s clap our hands.’ That’s all neat, but I began to realize you can teach externals, but unless something is happening from the inside out, it’s just really a form. It’s like a cloud without rain.”

    dr lalchhanhima ralte 25/10/09

    its amazing how a song can warm a heart n makes u feel the presence of GOD…! it makes us dance..shout with joy for all that he has done even here in mizoram which is a small state in the northeast of india bordering china…praise GOD !

    Daniel Castaneda 17/07/10

    That’s great! I love the simplicity of how God uses us–as we simply are moving into Him with all that we do- as Paul says, in Him we live, move, and have our being–even when writing songs!! Amen. :)

    God bless you, bro!

    You know what? I’m a new Christian, and I realized that there’s no one to sing for but our good Lord.
    I heard this song at our church, and oh! My heart tells me to sing the lyrics of this song.
    I want God to open the eyes of not only my heart but also people who are “naliligaw” (sorry but I have limited vocabulary words, I can’t speak English much).
    Praise God!

    I am a privileged worship pastor, I write songs, lead worship and preach the word. Even today, 6th February, I minister in word and music as a guest speaker in a warm church in Detroit Michigan, using the song ‘open the eyes of my heart Lord’ as an ending song to move people to the alter and bring my message home.AWESOME!
    We thank you Lord for the Gospel music! Bless you Baloche!!!

    Susan Borona 03/04/13

    Thank you for sharing the scripture that resonated in your heart the day you wrote this song. I teach an ESL (English as a second language) class, and we always start with a word of scripture and a prayer and sometimes a song. I am going to attempt to get this translated into spanish for tonight. We have students from Miramar also but I cannot find any translation for Burmese.
    Thank you again.
    Sue Borona

    Nancy Sheffield 12/06/13

    I went to a concert at Believers Center in Albuquerque in the fall of 2001~~not knowing what our precious Lord had in mind for me. While Paul Baloche was singing, the Holy Spirit was working on my heart. I had always believed in our Lord but was silent in my beliefs. During that concert I knew I could not be silent anymore and that my life was no longer my own but was to be used for our Lord. What a wonderful blessing that concert was. So Mr. Paul, if you ever doubt your purpose God has for you please remember that me and many others have been moved to seek the Lord through your songs. Thank you Lord for using him to send me to you! Bless you Mr. Paul!!

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

    Micki Talcott 04/03/14

    I am planning a church service with the theme “Open My Eyes, Lord” so when I found the “Story Behind the Song” I was thrilled! I will be using the story AND the song in the service!!! Thanks!

    Jodie 04/11/14

    This song totally rocked me for many years and I had no real idea how and why (of course now I see God’s hand on it and He designed it to touch many many people). God has truly begun to open my heart and I finally understand this song (and still love it). I just want to say this song is such a treasure.
    Thank you for opening your heart to Him to allow your worship to come forth and bless many.
    Blessings. Jodie

    Tanya 09/11/14

    I heard a little blind autistic kid sing this song and was movednd inspired, just beautiful x

    janny 12/04/15

    I am so inspired by the words. Thank you Baloche

    Mary 22/05/16

    My grandson (9years old) suffers from ADHD and has anger issues of note!! Yesterday he was driving with me and “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord” was playing on my radio (CD player). He was so excited and told me that this was his favourite. It meant so much to me as he has really battled at school with his anger and I knew at that moment that Jesus was a very big part of his life. Thank you!

    David Taylor 30/06/16

    Thank you for the background to the song.

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