Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

Are you in over your head
Are you in water so deep you're drowning
Do you think you've been left
And there is no one to feel your hurting
Well, everybody has been there
And everybody's felt lost
If you're in over your head
Lift it up, lift it up
 
Oh, listen to the sound of hope that's rising
Up over your horizon
Listen to the sound, listen to the sound
And listen to the sound of a new beginning
Oh, this is where the old is ending
Listen to the sound, listen to the sound
 
I hear you say you're alone
I hear you saying that you'll never make it
I've got to tell you you're wrong
'Cause I have been down this path you're taking
You never know what faith is
'Til you don't understand
Sometimes it takes a silence
To finally hear His plan
 
(REPEAT CHORUS)
 
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
I once was lost, but now I'm found
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound
I once was lost, but now I'm found
His Grace is reaching for us
His Grace is reaching out
Listen to the sound, listen to the sound
Wherever you are

 

TID-bits

  • It's basic.  The only way to not drown is to not sink.
  • And the way you don't sink is by treading water.
  • However you can only do that for so long.
  • You ultimately need something to hold on to, to keep you up.
  • You have to reach up toward the sound of the one who's rescuing you.

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  • When you're down, you need hope to bring you up.
  • So this is a song about not losing that hope.
  • You find it by being aware of the grace that He has placed all around you.
  • Grab onto that grace and let it pull you up.

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  • You know those giant inflatable gorillas outside the car dealership?
  • Those things only stay up because there's a constant stream of air going into them.
  • So, when you need hope to rise up in your life, like this (that) song says, think of that gorilla.
  • and think about how you need a constant stream of God speaking into your life to keep you up.

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  • Here's what Building 429 has to say about this song:
  • It's about finding the silent moments, finding time to seek God and to await his answer, and that was the idea behind the song "Listen to the Sound." If we could truly begin to listen for the sound of God's voice, we would hear hope rising all around.
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  • You know when your computer is acting up, and the first thing they tell you to do is restart it?
  • Well, God's grace is like that.  It's like hearing the "Restart chime" on your computer.
  • If you've messed up, he keeps giving you new starts.
  • This song is about a restart chime

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  • I'd say the majority of people I see running have earbuds on.
  • In Acts 20 The Apostle Paul talks about running. He talks about finishing the race and completing the task the Lord Jesus has given him - the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace.
  • Living your life is the running of that race, and there will be times you're ahead, times you're behind, and times when you might even trip and fall.
  • But God's grace comes to you through His spirit, through His Word, and through other believers.
  • And through all those things you hear Him saying how much He loves you, believes in you, and is there for you to help you keep going.
  • That's the sound that should be in your ears as you run life's race

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  • That's Building 429 and "Listen to the Sound" 
  • You know, there is a way to hear the sound of God's grace - it's by reading His Word.
  • In 2nd Timothy it says "All scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness."
  • If you want to hear His grace and love for you, try starting a Bible reading program.
  • Just Google "Bible Reading Plan" and you'll find one that works for you - and as always, our songs have that scripture all through them.  So keep it here on (CALL LETTERS)

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  • There's a really deep line in this (or that) song.
  • It says: "You never know what faith is, 'til you don't understand."
  • What is it that you don't understand in your life today?
  • Maybe it's there to help you build your faith.

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  • People often talk about "stepping out in faith." 
  • That's because both faith and God's grace are the left foot and right foot of walking the path He has for you.
  • You take a step with faith, and you keep going by His grace.
  • Especially if you trip.
  • This is (That was) Listen to the Sound by Building 429.  Whenever you take a walk today, listen to the sound of your footsteps, and remember that faith and grace are doing their work in your life.

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  • So, if a tree falls in the forest and no one's around to hear it, does it make a sound?
  • It's the same with God's grace.  If you mess up, and He pours His grace on you, but you don't receive it, did you really get it?
  • Listen to the sound of His grace, He's trying to give it to you.  Accept it and move on with your life.

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  • There's a train track about six miles away from my house
  • And at night, when all is quiet, I can hear the horn from trains approaching the crossing.
  • Next time you hear a train in the distance let it remind you that there is a powerful God who is working behind the scenes to get you ready to walk through the closure you seek.
  • Listen to the Sound of the Hope that's rising over your horizon...

 

    Scripture References

    Hebrews 11:1

    Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

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    1 Kings 19:11-13

    The LORD said, "Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by."

    Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

    Then a voice said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

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    Ephesians 2:8

    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.

     

    Your Own Experiences

    When was a time you heard God saying He loved you even though you messed up?  Share that with the listeners. Talk about how you heard His grace through another person, or a bible verse.

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    Do you let others speak into your life, maybe through an accountability group?  Does that sound hurt at times?  Describe how words of grace can both hurt and heal.

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    Talk about being awakened at night by your baby's cry.  Compare that to God who has heard your cry in the middle of the night and wants to comfort you.  The sound you hear in your spirit of Him reassuring you is just like your voice to your baby at 2am.

     

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