Taking It Deeper


Be still, there is a healer
His love is deeper than the sea
His mercy is unfailing
His arms, a fortress for the weak
Let faith arise, let faith arise
I lift my hands to believe again
You are my refuge, You are my strength
As I pour out my heart, these things I remember
You are faithful, God, forever
Be still, there is a river
That flows from Calvary's Tree
A fountain for the thirsty
Your grace that washes over me
Let faith arise, let faith arise
Let faith arise
Open my eyes


  •  I read somewhere that if Mount Everest were put into the deepest part of the ocean, The Mariana Trench, there would still be over a mile of water above it.
  • That's an amazing depth we’re talking about, so ponder that as you hear the first verse of this song...
  • Here’s Chris Tomlin...


  • Did you ever stop to think that the occasional failure is a natural part of life, maybe even a needed part of life?
  • Because without them we wouldn’t even think to ask for God’s help?
  • Here’s Chris Tomlin...


  • Do you need to believe in something again today?
  • Maybe something you’ve worked hard on for years is coming to an end, and you’re not sure where to turn next.
  • There is someone that you can believe in, and the chorus of this (that) song points Him out...you are faithful, God, forever.
  • Begin by relating a story of something coming to an end that shouldn’t - like a marriage, or a job.
  • Mention how there are things like that, that we put our total trust in, and how downhearted we get when we can’t believe in them anymore.  
  • Finish with “this song points to something that is faithful, forever.”


  • There’s a line in this (that) song that says His arms are a fortress for the weak.
  • Another word for fortress is “stronghold”
  • And don’t we have those in our lives?
  • Overeating, drinking, bad relationships, just to name a few.
  • Whose fortress do you think is stronger?   Yours...
  • ...or His?
  • Start by talking about stuff that can control a person, like overeating, alcohol, drugs, smoking, bad relationships, etc.
  • Compare any one of those things as a seemingly unconquerable fortress in our lives.
  • Finish by mentioning that God’s arms are a fortress for the weak, and His fortress is stronger.

    Scripture References

    Job 11:7-9  

    “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty?

    They are higher than the heavens –what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave –what can you know?

    Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.


    Psalm 43:5

    Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.


    Psalm 17:7

    Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes.

    Your Own Experiences

    Describe a frustrating time - maybe a project where you had to make multiple trips to the home improvement store.   Describe how you had to just walk away from the frustration, take a deep breath, and try again.   Tie that into the part of this song that talks about the river and His grace washing over you.   How that grace is always a fresh start.


    Describe a recent time when you poured out your heart to someone.   Didn’t you feel better when you did?   Remind the listeners about the line in this song that talks about pouring out your heart to God.   Let them know that doing that will help them feel better.


    How have you built up your faith?   Do you find your faith has gotten stronger by following God over the course of years?   Let your listeners know that faith is best when it’s practiced, and encourage them to do something today that will grow their faith - like trusting God for an outcome.   The line in this song that ties into that is “let faith arise.”

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