Behind the Hymn: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus feat. Lauren Chandler and Brandon Williams

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119894316" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /] Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus is such a beautiful hymn in its original form. The truths of these lyrics are so good! So many times I get focused on my circumstances, i.e. adoption, and my eyes start shifting away from Jesus. It seems like in my life when I focus on Jesus, things start to take their proper perspective. The more focused my screen shot of Jesus is, the more everything else starts to fade and blur out in the periphery. And what I love about this truth is that as I focus on Jesus, he actually gives me the power to, for example, love Selena better or trust him with this whole adoption process or import your own struggle.

This is mine and my wife's favorite hymn on the record. It's probably the oldest for us too. I started reworking this hymn literally over two years ago. What's really interesting is that Lauren Chandler and I worked on this hymn, two years ago, thinking it would be on another project I was working on. But life happened, and it got pushed aside. I never really knew what the purpose of this hymn would be, but now it's good to see why God stirred that up in me. Lauren is a wonderful friend, and very talented singer, song-writer. She released her debut EP last year, called "In The Narrow Place." (It's very good. You should go check it out). When I told Lauren about the vision of this project, she said she didn't even need to pray about it, that she was in. I love that. We brought in Brandon Williams, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite friends and musicians, and had him put some bgv's on the track. It really adds another dynamic or layer to the track that I really like.

The song's message is pretty clear, but I wanted to make explicit, with the new bridge, what happens in conversion for every single believer. If we believe in Jesus, then 2 Corinthians 4:4 has happened. It reads,

"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

We were once blind to this glory. I know I was. I once thought Jesus was boring, and he was unrelated to my life. Then over time, God started to pull back the veil that I had, and I began to see this light. And that light was very attractive to me. I saw it in Jesus. I couldn't get over him. I pray I never do.

"Once I was blind, now your glories they shine, Once I was blind, now I see, The glory of God, In the face of Christ, The light of the Gospel is he."

Lauren also performed a live version of this hymn that you can check out here. 

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