Dave Wong, one of the worship leaders at Faith Community Church, recently introduced this song to me.
One of the things I’ve found in recent times is that a lot of songs coming out of the modern worship movement is becoming more and more difficult to sing. The melodies are more unwieldy and the lyrics sometimes lacking in depth of content. There is a distinct lack of predictability which makes it less likely for a song to be memorable and therefore become part of a congregation’s post-service repertoire.
But Elevation Worship’s “Open Up You Eyes” breaks that mould. It has a catchy hook, a simple, soaring melody and is directly Biblical. It’s a song of battle grounded in the original Old Testament battle song, sung by generations of God’s people “For The Lord is good and His mercies endure forever.”
The bridge is probably one of the most inspiring parts. The strong declaration that “our God is fighting for us always” rang in my heart days after I heard the song for the first time.
This song is destined to be a contemporary classic that is representative of a new breed of congregational songs that are written to be sung, and to be singable, by the congregation.