Taking It Deeper


All the bitter weary ways

endless striving day by day

you barely have the strength to pray

in the valley low


How hard your fight has been

How deep the pain within

Wounds that no one else has seen

Hurts too much to show


All the doubt you're standing in between

And all the weight that brings you to your knees


He Knows, He Knows

Every hurt and every sting

He has walked the suffering

He Knows, He Knows

Let your burdens come undone

Lift your eyes up to the one

Who knows

He knows


We may faint and we may sink

Feel the pain and near the brink

But the dark begins to shrink

When you find the one who knows


The chains of doubt that held you in between

One by one are starting to break free


Every time that you feel forsaken

Every time that you feel alone

He is near to the broken hearted

Every tear

He knows…



  • Going to the dentist is not one of our favorite things.
  • But it’s a micro example of what goes on in life.
  • You often have to endure pain to get to a better place.
  • And Jesus is that something better.  He is the one who understands and walks with you through the pain.


  • In Paul David Tripp’s book “Lost in the Middle” he writes this great thought about suffering.  He says:
  • “You wouldn’t ignore the smoke detector if it went off in your house.”
  • The analogy is this:  We hate the smoke detector.  It’s very annoying.  It’s startling.
  • But it’s also necessary to save your life.
  • Suffering is like that.  We hate it.  We don’t want it to happen to anyone.
  • But nothing else gets our attention like it.  Nothing else brings us closer to God, and nothing else helps us see the love of God as He gets us through it.


  • As a parent I don’t want my kids to hurt.
  • So, unfortunately I usually start to preach to them about what not to do.
  • Maybe I’d be a better parent if I’d just put my arm around them, tell them I love them
  • And let them know I understand what they’re going through.


  • Lifelong friends.  You meet them on a mission trip, in a study group,  in a recovery meeting or in a chemo ward.
  • They show up in life when you need someone to walk through a tough experience with you.
  • Jesus understands.  He walked the earth.  He lived a tough life, So He knows how to relate, and He’s someone you can talk with, and walk with.


  • Our burdens become so big, that they’re often all we can see.
  • That’s why I love this line of the song:  “Lift your eyes up to the one who knows.”
  • God is there - bigger than anything else - to give us something to focus on when the rest of life is too big to handle.


  • Remember police scanners?
  • They scan the different radio channels that police and fire departments use to communicate.
  • Our pain is like that scanner.  We lock into it, and we let it speak to us.  We keep coming back to it.
  • What we don’t realize, is that there is an unseen authority behind that talk.  Just like there is an officer on the other side of that scanner coming to help, there is also One who is willing to come to our aid.
  • Focus on that instead of the chatter.



    Scripture References


    John 11:35

    Jesus Wept


    Isaiah 53:4-5

    Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.


    Matthew 8:17

    This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases."


    Hebrews 2:18

    Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about a teacher who knew the answer to a homework problem, and how amazed you were when you finally “saw” the answer.  Compare that to Jesus who helps us understand the reasons and healings behind our sufferings.


    Have you ever had a dog in your lap and you wanted to move your legs?  This song talks about releasing the weight of your sufferings.  Use the example of that dog to talk about how you have to shoo the weight away so that you’re free to move again.


    There’s a great line in the song that says:  “Let your burdens come undone.”  It makes me think of my shoelaces and how they naturally seem to come untied.  Compare the releasing of your burdens to kicking off your shoes and walking barefoot in the grass on a summer day.

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