Taking It Deeper


I was poor I was weak
I was the definition of the spiritually
Bankrupt condition
So in need of help
I was unsatisfied
Hungry and thirsty
When You rushed to my side
So unworthy
Still You gave yourself away...
That’s the motion of mercy
Changing the way and the why we are
That’s the motion of mercy
Moving my heart
Now I’m filled by a love
That calls me to action
I was empty before now I’m drawn to compassion
And to give myself away
That’s the motion of mercy
Changing the way and the why we are
That’s the motion of mercy
Moving my heart
Living for the lost
Loving ‘til it hurts
No matter what the cost
Like You loved me first
That’s the motion of mercy
God give me strength to give something for nothing
I wanna be a glimpse of the Kingdom that’s coming soon
That’s the motion of mercy
Changing the way and the why we are
That’s the motion of mercy
Moving my heart  


  • You ever been through a drought, either physically or spiritually?
  • Where your life feels like a dry, hard and cracked landscape?
  • This (That) song is like God sending rain.
  • Rain that fills in the cracks, and softens the dirt,
  • God’s mercy, when it is put into motion in a dry life, helps to get things growing again.
  • Start by describing the dry, hard, cracked ground you see in a drought.  
  • Compare how our souls are often in a drought.   But how God’s mercy is like sending rain.
  • Finish with “God’s mercy breaks our soul’s drought, and nourishes us back to a place where we can grow again.”  


  • OK, this song moves in a certain direction.
  • It starts with God coming to someone spiritually bankrupt,
  • and taking that person to the point where they are then passing His mercy on to others.
  • See, God’s mercy isn’t meant to be caught, like water in a bucket.
  • It’s meant to flow, to move, like water in a pipe.
  • Are you passing it on?
  • Start by talking about how this song says we’re spiritually bankrupt.
  • Compare God’s mercy to “a continuous stream of positive and affirming deposits that get our soul out of bankruptcy, and bless us abundantly”
  • Finish with:   “All so that we can turn around and share that mercy with others.”


  • You remember High School Physics - about Sir Issac Newton and inertia?
  • Basicially his first law states that a body at rest stays at rest unless an unbalanced force acts upon it.
  • I like to look at it in this way:   I have a tendency to sit on the lazy boy watching TV, until my wife hollers at me to take out the trash.
  • That same law works spiritually.
  • You tend to stay in your lazy boy condition until you’re met with the loving force of God’s mercy.
  • It’s an unbalancing force that shakes you out of complacency when you realize He loves you no matter how you are.
  • You don’t feel worthy of that kind of love, so when you experience it, and really know it, you want to share it.
  • That’s what this (that) song is about...


  • Without God, we tend to focus on ourselves.
  • But as we see His overwhelming mercy continually move in our lives, it’s going to cause us to move in the same direction.   Kind of like how a water wheel starts to move in the same direction as the water”
  • Ultimately, His mercy causes us to move away from ourselves and to move toward showing that mercy to others.

    Scripture References

    Ephesians 2:4-5  

    But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions –it is by grace you have been saved.


    Ephesians 2:8  

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


    2 Timothy 1:8-9

    So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.


    Psalm 40:11

    Do not withhold your mercy from me, O Lord; may your love and your truth always protect me.


    Psalm 41:4

    I said, “O Lord, have mercy on me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”


    Psalm 69:16

    Answer me, O Lord, out of the goodness of your love; in your great mercy turn to me.


    Psalm 116:1

    I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy.


    Proverbs 28:13

    He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.


    Isaiah 63:9

    In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.


    Micah 6:8

    He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.


    Matthew 5:7

    Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.


    Matthew 9:11-13

    When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”

    On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”


    Matthew 18:33

    Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’


    Mark 5:18-20

    As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon—possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”   So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.


    Luke 6:36

    Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.


    Ephesians 4:32

    Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.


    Colossians 3:12-14  

    Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.


    Titus 3:5

    He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.


    1 Peter 1:3

    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about a time when you struggled to give mercy, and how you ultimately realized it was the best thing to do.


    Talk about something that you know God has forgiven you for.  Has it led to you being more forgiving to others?


    This song has the words "drawn to compassion" in the middle of it.  Talk about something that you are “drawn by compassion” to.  Maybe it's some sort of service project your station is doing.

One Response so far.

  1. blurwick says:

    Love, love, love the Isaac Newton bit for this song. Sheer Genius I tell you!
    Way to go Taking It Deeper!

You must be logged in to post a comment.