In 2011, Roger Oakland introduced us to Trevor Baker and his music, and we’ve been listening to him ever since. Trevor sings about many of the things Lighthouse Trails writes about, and it doesn’t take too long listening to Trevor to know he’s a man after God’s own heart. His songs are a mixture of easy-listening ballads and thought-provoking lyrics. We asked Trevor if he could write a little something to our readers to tell them about himself. Here is what he had to say:
Twenty years ago, when the Lord first began giving me songs, I remember the struggle that went on within my heart. “Lord, are these just my own thoughts, or are You the inspiration behind the lines that come from this pen of mine? Lord, why am I always writing about the ugly side of religion and how people should run from the many spiritual gurus, both new and old, that seem to be untouchable and unquestionable kings and queens of the day?”
These rulers of the people speak partial truths to keep the money flowing in to prop up their man-made ministries where “self ” rules the day and Christianity is a business and an ego maker rather than what Jesus intended.
Jesus upset the tables of the money changers in the temple and then prayed, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes” (Matthew 11:25).
So I have realized through the years that warning people about the big dogs that rule the religious landscape has left me with few friends. The thing I can’t escape though is the unmistakable peace I sense when God gives me a song and the tears I see in concerts of those rejected by the social religiosity of the day—misfits that have never been welcome throughout history.
My message is simple, go to the garden alone and walk and talk with Jesus, as the old hymn put it. A broken and contrite spirit He will not leave in distress in a church age that has lost its bearings. Jesus said we can come to him and cast our burdens on Him, and He will direct our steps through the religious mine fields and give us rest.
Most today, it seems, would rather line up to hear all of the religious superstars instead of going to the garden alone to receive real nourishment from the Lord. This, I believe, is one of the biggest contributing factors to the bankrupt society we see today.
Editor’s Note: While Lighthouse Trails does carry most of Trevor’s music CDs and DVDs, those who cannot afford these materials should visit Trevor’s website where you can get his CDs on a donation basis. You can also listen to 30-second clips of all his songs on our site as well as a video of Trevor in concert. Trevor lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with his wife Jennifer. They have two grown daughters and two granddaughters. Trevor travels extensively around North America singing at churches and conferences. Below, we have posted the lyrics to one of the songs from his Road Less Traveled CD. You can also listen to this song too. We hope you enjoy this sweet humble brother with a great voice and songs that have tremendous meaning.
Wish I Had Your Life
By Trevor Baker – Canadian singer and songwriter with a message
When I watch the people
In the stream of life
With frivolous pursuits
Their minds all clouded in reality
You wonder what’s the use
And I want so much to tell them
That their life would mean much more
If they’d see the Lord
And knock upon His door
And so I try to live my life
In such a way that they might see
That Heaven is the treasure
And the Lord, well, He’s the key
And while many can’t be bothered
With what they call the narrow way
Still from time to time
Someone will say
I wish I had your life
What is that thing
That makes you tick?
You seem to have a light
And this dark world
Has got me licked
Tell what’s inside you?
Is there something I should know?
I’m not quite sure where you’re goin’
But I think I’d like to go
Now days like that
Are more than often
Few and far between
As I walk this pilgrim highway
I’m well aware it’s all up stream
I have moments filled with sadness
There are nights I’d like to cry
And I’ve used that loaded little word
That they call why
Can’t they see the God of Heaven
Is the One Who made this place?
He formed the sky, the birds, the fish
And most of all the human race
And I know that most
Seem all content
Just caught up in the fray
But in the crowd
There’s more than one
That wants to say
And though thousands
Shrug their shoulders
And even sneer as they move on
It won’t be long’ till someone wants
To hear my song
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