#1043 - "Heaven's Eyes" by Jillian Edwards
The contemporary artist shares the inspiration behind her latest song

Posted: October 28, 2020 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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For more than a decade, Nashville native Jillian Edwards has consistently written and recorded music through the lens of faith. She says, “I want to provide healing, and that for me comes in beauty. So that’s the heart of these songs. I really want them to be medicine for hurting people, and that’s everyone. If my biggest dream for my latest album, Meadow, comes true, it would be that someone who is walking through the worst day of their life could hear these songs and have peace take over their heart knowing that God is crazy about them, and He works all things together for good.”
Meadow is best described as an intimate personal worship experience with an ethereal tone. If you enjoy Kristene DiMarco's Where His Light Was, Audrey Assad's Evergreen, Ellie Holcomb's Red Sea Road, this album is an excellent addition to your music collection. Jillian’s engaging music and thought-provoking lyrics are something to truly savor. Her soothing vocals definitely remind me of the aforementioned artists
both in vocal tone and subject matter. I had the chance to speak with Jillian about “Heaven’s Eyes.”

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

What inspired this song is that on Father’s Day 2019, the pastor closed his sermon with this quote: “God wants you to stand under the waterfall of His approval.” The second I heard that I couldn’t get it out of my head or heart. The sermon had been about how we crave approval, specifically from our fathers, and how God answers that intense need with His own love for us.

From the psalms, the pastor talked about how God does not delight in the strength or the impressiveness of a person. He delights in the one who places their hope in His love. I’m not sure if it was that day or a few days later. But, that “waterfall of approval” eventually brought me to my guitar.

I knew that waterfall well. Some of the sweetest moments of my life are the ones where my spirit is hanging on every word of God, believing Him fully. I’m so grateful to have written this song with songwriter Jonathan Smith, who is kind, gracious, and exactly what was needed.
"Heaven's Eyes" reminds me of where to go to get my need for approval filled. It’s not a one and done moment for me, it’s an ongoing need for God to define me. This song expresses that sentiment of wanting to listen to what God says about meand us.
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Psalm 139:14 (NKJV): "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well."
Psalm 139:13-18 (NLV): “For You made the parts inside me. You put me together inside my mother. I will give thanks to You, for the greatness of the way I was made brings fear. Your works are great and my soul knows it very well. My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret and put together with care in the deep part of the earth. Your eyes saw me before I was put together. And all the days of my life were written in Your book before any of them came to be. Your thoughts are of great worth to me, O God. How many there are! If I could number them, there would be more than the sand. When I awake, I am still with You.”
Psalm 147:10-11 (NIV): “His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of the warrior; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.”
Song of Solomon 4:7 (NIV): “You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you.”
Romans 12:2 (VOICE): "Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete."
1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV): "But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT): "For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago." 

What is the takeaway message?

As someone who knows a lot about seeking approval and craving affirmation in all the wrong places, there is nothing better than remembering for the millionth time that I already have all the approval and affirmation I’m looking for
and experiencingin the love of God.

For me, if I'm not intentional with God, and with placing my need for someone to define me at His feet, then my human nature faces an identity crisis after identity crisis. If I don’t get my God-defined identity then my nature is defined by my circumstances. If I have success, I let that define me. If I have disappointment, I let that define me. I’ve let what people think of me define me.

It’s in our human nature to beg for someone to tell us who we are. I’m hungry for approval and affirmation. I want to be seen and I want to be liked. It would be easy to say that this hunger for approval isn’t what I need, but I believe God made me that way because He wants to fill that craving with Himself. It’s not the issue that I have this hunger, it’s where I go to get it filled.

I hope that when you hear “Heaven’s Eyes,” you don’t just hear words, but you experience the truth of them for yourself. I pray that you rest your head on this truth. We need to look at God through the blood of His son, Jesus. We need to know that we are covered by Him and that He's crazy about us.

I’m standing under the waterfall of your approval
And I find that I don’t need anything else or anyone else but you
Your mercy’s a song that I know by heart but I
Forget the words the moment I start to trust
Anything else or anyone else but you
Show me how to stay here, stay here, stay here
I’ll just wait here, wait here
Speak over me
Tell me again
That I’m someone you love
Let it sink in
Tell me a million times
Who I am in heaven’s eyes
So I’m letting go
Of all other names
That I gave myself
When I heard you say
Come and find yourself in heaven’s eyes
Heaven’s eyes
I wanna know
See what you see
Past all the versions and layers of me
Nobody knows, nobody knows me like you
A child you chose before I took a breath
Every last detail like the back of your hand
Nobody knows, nobody knows me like you
I am always seen
I am always known
Always understood
You call me Your own
I am always seen
I am always known
Always understood
You call me Your own
Speak over me
Tell me again
that I’m someone you love
Let it sink in
Tell me a million times
Who I am in your eyes
So I’m letting go
Of all other names
That I gave myself
When I heard you say
Come and find yourself in heaven’s eyes
Heaven’s eyes
Closing Thoughts
Jillian expresses her prayers to God, allowing listeners to eavesdrop on her vertical offerings and captivating ballads, one of her many strengths. She's an anointed songwriter. She has a profound way of bringing me closer to God with her poignant words, tender singing, and inspirational truths.

"Heaven's Eyes" reflects the yearning for Jesus to make us brave. I hope my daughters feel this yearning in their hearts, as well. The eternal love of Jesus is beautifully expressed in this compelling song. It's about submitting your worries, anxieties, and stress to God. Letting Him be your guide.
For me, the most encouraging part of this song is its message: I don't have to be perfect, God knows me and loves me just as I am. That is cause for celebration, as we all have the freedom to be ourselves. To know that He has great plans for us as His children.

A blessing I've received from this song is listening to my three young daughters sing these words with all their hearts. The song's lyrics are the thoughts I want them to have. Something that points them to the unconditional love of their Heavenly Father. Jillian's album, Meadow, is loaded with positive grace-filled messages of hope.
The most memorable moments on the album for me are the songs about being made in God's image and not seeking society's approval. But, instead, knowing that God created and loves us as we are. That critical message is heard loud and clear in "Heaven's Eyes." 

Struggling with identity issues is not limited to girls. Today's society tells everyone that image is everything. So, the truth found in this song is a breath of fresh air. I pray that everyone knows the truth of their identities. The truth that they're made in God's image and likeness. Psalm 139:14 tells us that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made." 

I can’t get enough of this song. I lift my eyes and heart to heaven every time I hear it. For me, "Heaven’s Eyes" provides an opportunity for God to whisper my identity
not found in what I do or don't do, but in who I ammore importantly, to whom I belong. I want my daughters to hear this important message. They need to look so far beyond what the world says and really find their true identities in the Lord. 

Our thoughts are constantly under attack by the enemy. This song is a great way to submit to and commit ourselves to God. God's Word tells us to trust in what God says about us
no matter how we feel about ourselves. God knows us intimately, and because of what Jesus did on the cross, He sees us as holy, righteous, redeemed, chosen, fully known, and forgivenno matter what we've done.

If you've put all of your hope and trust in Jesus, there is nothing that can separate you from His love. God sees you as He sees His Son. He makes something out of nothing in each of us. That's reason to sing this song at the top of your lungs in gratefulness to Him: “Speak over me/tell me again that I’m someone You love/let it sink in/tell me a million times/who I am in Heaven’s eyes.” Amen to that.

NRT lead contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector, and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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