Theologically Singing – Keeper Of My Heart by Chris Tomlin, Jason Ingram, & Kari Jobe


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Each Theologically Singing is intended not as criticism, nor as blind faith. Rather, I expect to find God in each of these songs. Additionally, I will not be dealing with “live” versions and such, rather, just the lyrics. 

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Verse 1

From the first to the last breath I breathe
The Lord watches over me
You hear my cry and You know ev’ry need
The Lord watches over me
You never fail me God

“I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel,” says the Lord (Psalm 32:8), the same one who knit us together in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). The Lord our God, who placed the stars “in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth” (Genesis 1:17) also hears our cries. “I called to the Lord in my distress, and I cried to my God for help,” wrote David, in Psalm 18:6. “From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry to Him reached his ears.” “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears and delivers them from all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)

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Chorus 1

I lift my eyes
I lift up eyes up
Maker of the heavens
Keeper of my heart
I lift my hands
I lift my hands up
Standing in Your presence
You are never far

“I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from?” David enquires, but he knows the answer. “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2) Two Psalms later, he confirms where his eyes are focused: “I lift my eyes to You, the One enthroned in heaven,” (Psalm 123:1)

“Where two or three are gathered together in My name,” Jesus says, “I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:20) Paul reminds the Corinthians that we “are God’s sanctuary and that the Spirit of God lives in” all of us, (1 Corinthians 3:16) and that “God’s sanctuary is Holy” (1 Corinthians 3:17). “Now praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord who stand in the Lord’s house at night! Lift up your hands in the holy place and praise the Lord!” (Psalm 134:1-2)

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Verse 2

I look to You where my help comes from
The Lord watches over me
Your mercies are new with the morning sun
The Lord watches over me
You’ve never failed me God

Micah promised that he would “look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation”, despite the fact that “Godly people have vanished from the land” of Israel. Micah knew that His God would hear him. (Micah 7:7) Jeremiah also knew of God’s mercies, despite the destruction of Jerusalem. He trusted in “the Lord’s faithful love”, knowing that “His mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

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Interlude

Keeper of my heart
Keeper of my heart
Jesus You are
(Keeper of my heart)

Speaking to a mountainside full of rapturous listeners, Jesus taught that we should not place our desires in the fleeting possessions of Earth, but to “collect for yourselves treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21) The Psalmist had already preceded this idea when he wrote in Psalm 119, “I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11) If we are to live a life of worship to God, then our heart must belong solely to Jesus Christ.

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Bridge

My strength
Your never-ending love
I know You have overcome
I’ll sing when all is said and done
(You’re) My hope my only hope

“He is my faithful love and my fortress,” writes David, “my stronghold and my deliverer. He is my shield, and I take refuge in Him.” (Psalm 144:2) Through all of David’s life, through all the ups and downs that befell him, and all the ups and downs he brought upon himself, David ever praised his God. Another Psalmist, in Psalm 104, promised “I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God while I live.” (Psalm 104:33)

David, unsurprisingly, summed up what should be in our heart best: “Rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from Him.” (Psalm 62:5)

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