Taking It Deeper


I just looked up today
And realized how far away I am from where You are
You gave me life worth dying for
But between the altar and the door
I bought the lies that promised more
And here I go again
Lord, I know I let You down
But somehow, I will make You proud
I'll turn this sinking ship around
And make it back to You
But all my deeds and my good name
Are just dirty rags that tear and strain
To cover all my guilty stains
That You already washed away
(‘Cause) All You've ever wanted, all You've ever wanted
All You've ever wanted was my heart
Freedom's arms are open, my chains have all been broken
Relentless love has called me from the start
And all You wanted was my heart
I was chasing healing when I'd been made well
I was fighting battles when You conquered hell
Living free but from a prison cell
Lord, I lay it down today
So I'll stop living off of how I feel
And start standing on Your truth revealed
Jesus is my strength, my shield
And He will never fail me
No more chains, I've been set free
No more fighting battles You've won for me
Now in Christ, I stand complete


  • One of my favorite lines in this (that) song is “Lord, I know I let You down, but somehow, I will make You proud.  I’ll turn this sinking ship around, and make it back to You.”
  • It makes me remember my dad’s fishing boat.  One day he put it in the lake but he forgot to put in “the plug”  - it was what covered up the drain in the back wall of the boat.
  • So the boat starts sinking as soon as we put it in the water.  What he did next amazed me.  He gunned the motor.
  • As the boat took off skimming above the waves, the water sloshed out back through the drain.
  • The thought is this:  Sometimes we run so fast to keep our head above water that we don’t think to do the simple, basic stuff - like plug up the holes so that the water doesn’t get in in the first place.
  • We do that by taking time everyday to focus on what is found in another line of this (that) song:  “Jesus is my strength, my shield and He will never fail me.


  • There was once a game called “Tip it” where you had this little guy balancing on his nose, up on a stick.
  • Players would take turns putting discs on the pegs at the bottom which would cause the little balancing guy up above to sway.
  • We are like that guy.  Always swaying to our feelings, and we tend to focus on folks who seem to get better stuff than us.  Focusing on them is like focusing on the weights.  They just make us more uneasy.
  •   The idea is that we need to get off of that “swaying tower of feelings,”  and instead stand on what Jesus says He is:  A Firm Foundation.


  • Billy Graham says “if you could work your way to heaven, you’d get up there and boast to everybody.  You’d say ‘look what I did.  I was such a good person, I got here on my own.’”
  • I know that I fall into the trap of trying to do all kinds of good works so that hopefully God will smile down upon me.  I’m saying to God over and over “look at me!  Look at what I did!  Look at what a good boy or good girl I am!”
  • And God looks at me and says “I know how good you are.  Not because of all your busyness, but because you’re standing there with my Son, and He says so.”


  • Many of us, myself included, struggle to have a quiet time.
  • I even find that when I do have one, I struggle just to keep quiet.  My mind wants to race to all the thoughts of things I have to do.
  • It’s that constant struggle of doing vs. being.
  • I’d rather fill myself up doing things, than taking the time to practice being present with God.
  • “It’s easier to be doing, than it is to do being.”

    Scripture References

    Isaiah 1:18

    “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord.  “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."

    Proverbs 23:26

    My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways,


    Matthew 6:21

    For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

    Your Own Experiences

    This is really a song about repentance.  About wanting to come back to God, and about realizing that you don’t have to clean up to do so.  Talk about a time your child was a muddy mess and how you loved him or her just as much as when he was in his Sunday best.


    Encourage your listeners to take this lyric to heart:  “So I'll stop living off of how I feel, and start standing on Your truth revealed.”   Talk about a time you had to get past your feelings and get planted on what God had to say about you.


    Talk about being at a store, and how you realized you’ve become separated from your party.  Compare it to this song, and how Jesus is waiting for you back at the entrance.

One Response so far.

  1. I found this on the Casting Crowns website. It’s the same message that some of the points above have made, but I thought it would be a good addition.:


    Mark Hall, Bernie Herms
    “It’s about combating that logic we have in us that says when we fail, we need to make it right. We think we need to make things right with God. We think we’ve got to make Him proud again. We think we’ve got to give back to God. Not only does it NOT work, it’s not needed. We’re fighting a battle that’s already won and that’s what this song is about.”

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