The words may be repetitive. It may be simple but what matters is what it really means. “Open the Eyes of My Heart” is a contemporary gospel song penned by singer-songwriter and worship leader Paul Baloche. He said in an interview that he was inspired by the words of apostle Paul in Ephesian 1:18.
“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.”
Making of “Open the Eyes of My Heart”
One morning, Baloche found himself repeating the words ‘I pray that the eyes of your heart would be enlightened’ while he was playing his guitar. What came next was a continuous flow of words from him. It’s like God really gave Baloche all he needs to come up with this beautiful song.
Open the eyes of my heart, Lord
Open the eyes of my heart
I want to see You
I want to see You
Baloche also said that of all the songs he wrote, “Open the Eyes of My Heart” was his most popular one. He said that he received many responses or emails saying that the song was part of their worship, or it expresses what their heart desires.
Paul Baloche, Michael Smith, and More
Baloche first recorded the song but Michael Smith was the one who made it popular. He made it part of his 2001 gospel album, Worship. Other artists who covered the song were Christopher Duffley, Oslo Gospel Choir, and Randy Travis.
Randy Travis’ Rendition
Travis recorded the song as one of the tracks on his fifteenth studio album Worship and Faith. His 2003 album contained twenty covered gospel songs. He included the traditional hymns “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” “He’s My Rock, My Sword, My Shield,” and “In the Garden.”
Only one song from his album was released as a single. Unfortunately, it wasn’t able to secure a spot on the chart. However, his album Worship and Faith was able to reach the top ten of the Christian Albums chart. Furthermore, it also placed at number nine on the Top Country Albums chart.
Come and check out this phenomenal rendition of “Open the Eyes of My Heart.”