Fix My Eyes
When I was first starting out leading worship I loved the idea of surprising the congregation with a new song. As a musician in the congregation I liked learning a new song and hearing it for the first time with the rest of the congregation. While that was enjoyable, it rarely led to me worship. That's why I think it's important for congregations to at least have an opportunity to hear and learn a song before we sing it together.
This week we'll be singing "Fix My Eyes" by King's Kaleidoscope. It's a song that based out of Hebrews 12, which says
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
I love this passage. After the author of Hebrews reviews the litany of examples of what it looks like to be faithful to God (in Hebrews 11), he reminds us that Jesus is our ultimate example who we can look to. When we look to Jesus as our example we can be strengthened to continue to live the way God has called us to. The song puts it like this:
As I fight to follow, you’re my righteous guide
And you train me to delight in all that’s holy
Heal my broken body, cure my crooked stride
Throw off every weight and sin that clings so closely
I will run the race, enduring for your glory
Listen to the full song below.