Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

Who are we
That You would be mindful of us
What do You see
That's worth looking our way

 

We are free
In ways that we never should be
Sweet release
From the grip of these chains

 

Like hinges straining from the weight
My heart no longer can keep from singing

 

(Chorus)
All that is within me cries
For You alone be glorified
Emmanuel
God with us

 

My heart sings a brand new song
The debt is paid these chains are gone
Emmanuel
God with us

 

Lord You know
Our hearts don't deserve Your glory
Still You show
A love we cannot afford

 

Like hinges straining from the weight
My heart no longer can keep from singing

 

(Repeat Chorus)

 

Such a tiny offering compared to Calvary
Nevertheless we lay it at Your feet

 

(Repeat Chorus)

TID-bits

  • I always had a hard time figuring out what they were singing in the middle of that song.   Here’s the line:
  • “Like hinges straining from the weight, my heart no longer can keep from singing...”
  • That’s a great word picture because a hinge on a door or a gate allows us to gain access from one place to another.
  • And we want to release that weight so that we can gain easier access.
  • Are you giving what’s weighing you down to God?
  • “Like hinges straining from the weight, my heart no longer can keep from singing...”
  • Talk about how if a hinge has a lot of weight on it, it can’t move as freely.
  • Mention that “we all need to release what's weighing us down to God."
  • It's ultimately so that we can be more free.

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  • In this economy I know a number of people who are paying off their debts and in return are living with a lot more freedom.
  • If that’s you, then you can relate to this (that) song, especially when it says “sweet release from the grip of these chains.”
  • Now, you need to know, that because Jesus came, you can feel that same kind of freedom from everything that grips you emotionally.
  • Jesus is able to take it all.   Every time you’re tempted to get down about an issue in your life, offer it up to Him.
  •  If you know someone who is paying off their debts, talk about them.
  • Relate paying of debts to the line “sweet release from the grip of these chains.”
  • Talk about how, in the same way, Jesus is there to give us sweet release from all the things that bind us.

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  • Remember how your heart beamed when your pre-schooler brought you something she had made?
  • I imagine that’s how God feels when we bring Him our lives.
  • He’s the creator of the universe, and yet He loves to share in our lives.
  • Think about that when you hear the words “such a tiny offering, compared to Calvary” in this song...
  • Talk about getting something that was made by a pre-schooler and how it made you smile
  • Mention that “God loves to see what we’ve made with our lives.   It makes Him smile”
  • Compare it to the “tiny offering” mentioned in this song.  
  • Finish with “and if you’re not proud of what you’ve made, God will help you fix it if you want Him to.”

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  • You know how excited you were when dad arrived home from a trip?
  • It’s because he always brought you a gift.
  • This (That) song is kind of like that.
  • It’s God arriving on the scene, and He’s got a fantastic gift in His hand just for you.
  • Recall a time when your dad came home from a trip.
  • What do most kids say?     “Whadya bring me?”
  • Compare that to this song being like “God coming home to you”
  • Finish talking about the great gift He has.

    Scripture References

    This verse goes with the first line of the song...

    Psalm 8:4

    what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

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    Galatians 5:1  

    It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

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    Psalm 31:4-5  

    Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.

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    Psalm 118:5

    In my anguish I cried to the Lord, and he answered by setting me free.

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    Romans 5:8

    But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about paying off your car, and becoming free from a monthly payment.   It’s an exhilarating feeling.   Compare that to knowing how free you can feel when you know Jesus.

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    What was something good that you got that you didn’t deserve?   Compare that to the gift of eternal life that Jesus gives.   A gift that’s referenced in this song.

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    Talk about bringing chips to a potluck when everybody else brought something fancy and homemade.   Compare that to the “tiny offering” that this song talks about.   Even though you may not think your contribution is much, you are still a part of the celebration.

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