Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

When I wander through the desert
And I’m longing for my home
All my dreams have gone astray
 
When I’m stranded in the valley
And I’m tired and all alone
It seems like I’ve lost my way
 
I go running to Your mountain
Where Your mercy sets me free
 
Chorus:
You are my strong tower, shelter over me
Beautiful and mighty everlasting King
You are my strong tower, fortress when I’m weak
Your name is true and holy
And Your face is all I see
 
In the middle of all my darkness
In the midst of all my fear
You’re my refuge and my hope
 
When the storm of life is raging
And the thunder’s all I hear
You speak softly to my soul
 
Now I’m running to Your mountain
Where Your mercy sets me free
 
You are my strong tower, shelter over me
Beautiful and mighty everlasting King
You are my strong tower, fortress when I’m weak
Your name is true and holy
And Your face is all I see
And Your face is all I see
Yeah, Your face is all I see
Chorus: (2x’s)

TID-bits

Did you like to build forts when you were a kid?   My favorite materials were snow, boxes, and playground equipment.   I think it’s a popular thing for kids to do because they naturally like to defend what’s theirs.   If you’ve ever heard them yell at a sibling for being in their room, you know it’s true.  

However, as we get older, I think we tend to drop the defenses because A. We don’t like conflict and B. we’re afraid we’ll end up hurting others.   That often leads to us not defending ourselves.   We leave our hearts open for attack.

That’s why this song is powerful.   It reminds us that Jesus will stand as our defender.   We can get back to being a kid again - building a fort out of the best thing possible - Jesus.

You can tie this song into any issue of life where your heart needs to be defended.   Some examples are:

  • Hurtful relationships.
  • Unmet expectations.
  • Goals that seem to take forever to achieve.
  • Rejection of any kind.

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  • Didja know this (that) song is like baseball?
  • It comes down to this:   Everybody needs a home base.
  • When we’re out running the bases we’re susceptible.   Everything around you wants to tag you out.
  • But once we get to home, we’re safe.
  • Do you have a home base to run to?
  • Jesus is that for a lot of people, and we can tell you more about it.   Give us a call.

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  • This is a song about orienteering.
  • Which, if you don’t know, is a sport in which orienteers use an accurate, detailed map and a compass to find points in the landscape.
  • Jesus makes it easy, because He is a point that we can always find even if we’ve gone off path.
  • It’s best to always point your compass to Him.

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  • Picture in your mind the castle in the middle of a Disney Park.
  • Walt put it there as a point of reference.
  • He wanted his guests to easily navigate.   It gave a sense of security to see where the castle was, and know where you were.   If families got separated they could easily meet in front of the castle.
  • Jesus is like that.   He provides a point of reference as we navigate life.   He’s one we can run to when we need security.

    Scripture References

    Proverbs 18:10

    The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe (NASB)

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    Psalm 18:2

    The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

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    Psalm 31:2-3

    Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.   Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.

    Your Own Experiences

    Any instance where you had to run to Jesus for comfort, peace, and/or security can be tied into this song.

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    Take any landmark and tie it into this song.   For instance, the Statue of Liberty and how it’s stood as a beacon of hope for immigrants.   The Gateway Arch - a commemoration of hope for westward expansion.

    Landmarks often provide symbols of hope or greatness, and Jesus is exactly that.

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    Talk about getting caught in a downpour and how thankful you were when you finally got inside.   That is the feeling of refuge.   Share with the listeners how Jesus provides that feeling.

One Response so far.

  1. Kutless gets that analogy from the bible, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous runs into it and is safe.” There’s another passage that talks about towers. Psalm 48 says:
    “Walk about Zion, go around her,
    count her towers,
    consider well her ramparts,
    view her citadels,
    that you may tell of them
    to the next generation.” Psalm 48:1-13
    Basically it’s encouraging us to look at the towers that have been erected and let them serve as a reminder of all God has done in our lives. They are more than just part of the landscape, but a reminder to us to be like a tour guide and use them to tell the future generations what God has done.
    “For this God is our God for ever and ever;
    he will be our guide even to the end.” Psalm 48:14
    We remember the past to prepare for the future!

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