Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

From the birds that sing in the tallest trees
To the human life of you and me
From the desert sands to the place we stand
He is God of all He is everything

 

(Chorus)
I'm giving my life to the only One
Who makes the moon reflect the sun
Every starry night that was His design
I'm giving my life to the only Son
Who was and is and yet to come
Let the praises ring ‘cause He is everything

 

From the autumn leaves that will ride the breeze
To the faith it takes to pray and see
From the painted sky to my plank filled eye
He is God of all, He is everything

 

(Repeat Chorus)

 

Hallelujah, hallelujah I believe
Hallelujah, hallelujah I believe

 

I'm giving my life to the only One who makes the moon reflect the sun
On that starry night, He changed my life
I'm giving it all to the only Son who gave me hope when I had none
So let praises ring, yeah let the praises ring

 

(Repeat Chorus)

TID-bits

  • Here’s what Chris has to say about this song:
  • When I wrote Starry Night on January 18, 2009, I was at a place in my life where I really wanted to rededicate everything I was doing and living for to Jesus.
  • I wanted to get back to the place I was when I first became a Christian; the tender and unrefined moments of just getting to know the strongest love one can possess.
  • The beginning of something amazing is always exciting. I had forgotten how awesome it was.
  • I've always been fascinated with creation, it’s such a beautiful thing. As I was writing the lyrics, that part of me naturally came out.

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  • When Chris August says “every starry night, that was His design”   - think about that for a minute.
  • What if God had made a different design for the night sky.
  • What if daytime skies were lavender, and night time skies were pink polka dots?
  • Aren’t you glad that things are the way they are?
  • ...And don’t you know that He has a design for everything - including your life.
  • And it’s a design that’s perfect, just for you.
  • (OPTIONAL) We’re here to pray with you, if you’re having some problem finding His design for your life.
  • Describe the way a night sky could be.   Something bizarre from the way it is.
  • End with how God’s design is perfect for everything, including your life.
  • Offer to pray for your listeners if they’re having trouble finding God’s design for their life.

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  • Do you ever have to close your blinds at night because the sunlight is shining in?
  • I know that sounds strange, but even at night the light of the sun reflected off the moon is lighting the earth.
  • Isn’t that what God is all about?   Shining light in the darkness?
  • He’ll shine light on your life today if you ask Him to.
  • Talk about the moon reflecting the sun.
  • Mention that sunlight even shines at night.
  • Finish by talking about how God is there to bring light to darkness, and how He’ll illuminate what’s going on in your life if you ask Him to.

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  • There’s a line in this (that) song that may need some explanation if you’re new to Christianity:
  • “From the painted sky, to my plank-filled eye.”
  • It references the words of Jesus that’s in Matthew, Chapter 7.
  • It’s about hypocrisy.   Jesus asks why we look at the speck of sawdust in our brother’s eye, when there’s a huge plank of wood stuck in our own eye.
  • This (That) song is all about seeing clearly.   Seeing that it’s God who made everything, including us.
  • And because He made us, we can trust Him with our lives.
  • Talk about the story in Matthew 7 where God says we need to take the plank out of our own eye to see clearly the speck of sawdust in our brother’s eye.   Relate the story to a new Christian.
  • Encourage them that God wants us to see clearly.
  • Specifically that He wants us to see that He created everything, including us, and because He created us, we can trust Him with our lives.

    Scripture References

    Genesis 1:3-5  

    And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning –the first day.

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    Genesis 1:16-19

    God made two great lights–the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.   And there was evening, and there was morning –the fourth day.

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    Psalm 8:3-4

    When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

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    Psalm 136:3-9  

    Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.

    To him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.

    who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.

    who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.

    who made the great lights – His love endures forever.

    the sun to govern the day, His love endures forever.

    the moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever.

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    Psalm 147:4-5

    He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.   Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

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    Phillippians 2:14-15

    Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about struggling.   Did you ever have a time when life seemed like it was one prolonged period of deep dark night?   Encourage the listener that when that happens, they just need things to bump them along, like a sermon, or a bible verse, or a friend checking in on them, or a song like this one...

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    Usually we want to grumble and complain about our problems, when what God wants us to do is give them up to Him.   Talk about “giving it all to the only one who was, and is, and yet to come.”   Encourage your listeners to focus on the “yet to come” part.

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    Talk about a time you went outside and had time with God in His creation.   Why do you think that recharges us?

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