Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand
 
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
 
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand
Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You've never failed and You won't start now
 
So I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
 
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
 
I will call upon Your Name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

TID-bits

  • Having a life that’s in transition is like walking from the beach into the ocean.
  • Your feet are on uncertain ground - either sinking in the sand or crunching on shell fragments.
  • Then you start to get in deeper.  You can’t see clearly what’s around you.  Hopefully you don’t encounter a jellyfish, but you may.
  • Finally you get to the part where your feet don’t touch, and you start to float.  Transitions are like that - there comes a point where Jesus has to hold you up, and keep you buoyed.
  • If you are feeling like you’re barely keeping your head above water, can you trust that He is floating you where you need to go?

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  • Good ol’ Jonah.  Do you ever feel like him?
  • He wouldn’t submit to God’s plan, so a big storm came along and shook him and his shipmates up.
  • Jonah knew the reason.  He was avoiding the work that God had called him to do.
  • Finally he relented and he literally went off the deep end - off the boat, into the water.
  • The storm stopped.  Can you picture it?  There’s a big boat, and there’s a little Jonah bobbing next to it.  I think I’d want to be climbing back in.
  • Instead, little Jonah became a big gulp to a big fish.  How far away from God is that?  Bottom of the sea.  Enclosed in slime.
  • But it was a place to start again.
  • You probably aren’t as far away from God as Jonah was.  The good news is that God can transition you successfully.  He did for Jonah.  His deep end experience gave Him the opportunity to change a whole city!

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  • This song goes along with a Bible lesson about Peter.
  • He was the one who stepped out of the boat and walked on the water with Jesus.
  • That is, until He took His eyes off of Him.  Then he began to sink.
  • Do you look at you feet sometimes, instead of looking to the Lord?
  • It goes against common sense, but keeping your eyes up, looking toward Him, gives you a more solid foundation.

    Scripture References

    Proverbs 3:5-6

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.

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    John 16:13

    "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

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    Psalm 123:2 (ESV)

    Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he has mercy upon us.

    Your Own Experiences

    Turbulence.  Waves.  Ice on the roads.  All you gotta do is talk about a time when you were uncertain, or not in control, and you have the perfect tie-in to this song.

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    Talk about a time you called on your spouse for help.  Maybe something as simple as calling from one end of the house to another asking them to bring you a screwdriver or a pair of scissors.  Compare that to the way we have to stay put sometimes and call others to come help us.  That’s always how it works when it comes to God, isn’t it?

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    What’s your favorite pool toy?  For me it’s the noodles.  I like how I can sit on one and put another around my shoulders under my arms to make a water chair.  This song is all about that kind of buoyancy. It’s about how God holds us up when the water gets deep.

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