Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

You were reaching through the storm  
walking on the water  
even when I could not see  
in the middle of it all  
when I thought You were a thousand miles away  
not for a moment did You forsake me  
not for a moment did You forsake me  
 
CHORUS  
after all You are constant  
after all You are only good  
after all You are sovereign  
not for a moment will You forsake me  
not for a moment will You forsake me  
 
You were singing in the dark  
whispering Your promise  
even when I could not hear  
I was held in Your arms  
carried for a thousand miles to show  
Not for a moment did You forsake me  
 
CHORUS  
 
and every step every breath you are there  
every tear every cry every prayer  
in my heart at my worst  
when my world falls down  
not for a moment will You forsake me  
even in the dark  
even when it's hard  
you will never leave me  
after all  
 
CHORUS
 
Not for a moment will You forsake me

TID-bits

You can always use Joshua 1:5   “He will never leave you, He will never forsake you” around this song, but to go deeper, think about this as a song of commitment.

When one is truly committed to a relationship, one is saying that they will stick their neck out for you.   They will be there pulling for you, checking on you, through all times - good and bad.   Here’s a way you can demonstrate that for your listeners:

Ask them to think about the car they’re riding in.   That car started out as pieces of metal. Someone (or some thing, probably a robot) started welding those pieces together to form the shape of that car.   When they were welded, the metal bonds melted together, making it stronger than it was before.   Even in an accident the rest of the car will break, but the welded bonds will hold.

In the same way, when we allow Jesus to melt deep down into our heart and soul, our entire life becomes stronger.   He cannot leave us.   You are welded together to the only good and constant one of the universe.   You may encounter something that will break you occasionally, but your bond with Him will hold.

...And fortunately it’s a bond that is always committed to help you build again.

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  • “Reaching” is something we do in the middle of the night.
  • Say we get a midnight phone call... with our eyes pretty much shut we reach out looking for the receiver.
  • We keep reaching until we find it.
  • This first verse talks about God reaching for us in our darkness.
  • His hand is there.   It’s up to us to keep reaching out to find Him.
  • Especially if you’re dealing with a “phone call in the middle of the night” type issue.
  • (OPTIONAL LAST LINE) By the way, you can reach out to us too.   Always know that we are here to pray for you.

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  • There’s a verse in this (that) song that says “when I thought you were a thousand miles away.”
  • It reminds me of the stories you see on TV where a wife is video chatting with her serviceman husband over in Afghanistan or somewhere far away.
  • When in reality, he’s in the next room.
  • That IS our reality when it comes to God.
  • Get ready to be delighted when he shows up.

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  • What’s that they say?   “Hindsight is always 20/20”
  • This is a “hindsight” song.
  • The lyrics are from the perspective of coming out of a storm.
  • But it will help you weather the storm you’re going through now...

    Scripture References

    Hebrews 13:5

    Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

    “Never will I leave you;  never will I forsake you.”

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    Joshua 1:5

    No one will be able to stand up against you   all the days of your life. As I was with   Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake   you.

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    Joshua 23:8

    But you are to hold fast to the   Lord   your God, as you have until now.

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    Romans 15:4

    For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us,   so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

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    1 Corinthians 15:58

    Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,   because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

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    Galatians 6:9

    Let us not become weary in doing good,   for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

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    James 1:12

    Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,   because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life   that God has promised to those who love him.

    Your Own Experiences

    Try to remember a recent life event where you didn’t know what the outcome was going to be.   Now, after it’s all over, share how you knew that God was working through it.

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    What is something in your life that is constant?   Troubles?   The car breaking down whenever you get a little extra money?   Laundry?   Remind the listeners that God is constant and He’s a positive constant for when we want to focus on the negative constants.

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    The bridge of this song says “every step, every breath, you are there.”   Invite the listeners to listen for that, and tell them that when you are tempted to focus on your problems today you are instead going to take a breath and exhale the words “you are there.”

One Response so far.

  1. Warning… I am ripping off my sister. :) Psalms 56 3-4 says “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise—in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
    David was on the run from King Saul. Yet in the midst of intense, frightening hardship, he submitted himself to the Lord’s protection. He didn’t deny the reality of what was happening to him, but he found reason to be grateful even for his sorrows. He knew that God would not forsake him.

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