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Liam Bailey – Peace of Mind

July 18, 2011

The deep tone of Nottingham-born Liam Bailey’s voice recalls that of James Vincent McMorrow and his R&B influences bring Michael Kiwanuka to mind. That said, all these artists, Liam Bailey included, are uniquely talented in their own right, and worth listening to as such.

Liam Bailey’s acoustic version of Blind Faith is a poignant expression of longing (don’t miss the cello intro):

Sweet sensation
I am a man with a heavy heart
And I dare not turn the pages
Fighting with ultimate self destruction
It’s a blind faith
A cruel waste
One bitter taste
So I know I need this sweet sensation
Sweet sensation
The music that we play
Will ease your mind

What is a man now to do with his mind
When it’s working overtime
The best I can do is now dance with the devil
I keep my soul sane
I won’t waste
This time and space
So I know I need this sweet sensation

Sweet sensation
The music that we play
Will ease your mind

I am a man with a heavy heart
It’s a blind faith
A cruel waste
One bitter taste
So I know I need this sweet sensation

Peace of mind is something we all seek, yet easing our mind for a moment isn’t as easy as it sounds and ultimately doesn’t solve the problem. The heaviness of heart returns when the music fades.

The Bible tells us that if we cast all our anxiety on God, he will give us the peace we crave. Paul writes, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

How come we can approach the throne of grace with such confidence, expecting this peace as if we have a right to it? The truth is, we can only find peace with God, which leads to a relationship with him, through his Son Jesus, “for God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20) “In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.” (Ephesians 3:12) That’s not a blind faith. It’s a leap of faith. And it brings peace.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 4, 2011 15:16

    It is indeed a leap of faith, but one that we can make with confidence because God has already demonstrated his great love for us in Christ .. and because of the promise of Romans 8:28. Thank you, also for subscribing to Biblical Joy. We are now beginning a study of 1 Peter that talks indeed about that leap and the promise of God.

  2. January 9, 2012 06:57

    Thanks, the exact words I needed to hear this exact moment.

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