Taking It Deeper


Here in this worn and weary land
Where many a dream has died
Like a tree planted by the water
We never will run dry
So living water flowing through
God, we thirst for more of You
Fill our hearts and flood our souls with one desire
Just to know You and to make You known
We lift Your name on high
Shine like the sun, make darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more than ordinary lives
It's time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive
Into Your word, we're digging deep
To know our Father's heart
Into the world, we're reaching out
To show them who You are


Joy unspeakable, faith unsinkable
Love unstoppable, anything is possible


  • My friend decided that the first thing he was going to say to his son right after he was born were these words - found in the Bible in Numbers chapter 6:
  • “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”
  • You think that’d be a cool thing to say to the next baby you come across?  Offering up a prayer that they should thrive throughout life?
  • I think that'd be cool to say to anybody!


  • Here’s this song in a nutshell:  Mark Hall from Casting Crowns wrote it because of a huge 300 year old tree he saw.  A tree that branched out far and wide because it had roots that went down and deep.
  • It was near a river where the roots could get constantly nourished.
  • The lesson is that you and I should be constantly nourished by God’s word and prayer, so that we can grow strong, and then branch out to nourish and help others.


  • One good thing about the internet  - cat videos.
  • They’re always there for a quick laugh, and you may need that today.
  • If you are feeling down, sometimes just finding something funny is all you need.
  • Have you ever thought about thanking God for the silly things in life that make you laugh?  I’ve decided I need to do that more.  Let’s you and I thank Him together for the things that help our spirits thrive when they’re feeling down.


  • There is a book of the Bible that is full of praise to God.  It’s Psalms, and at 150 chapters long it’s the biggest book.
  • But Chapter 1 starts off talking about us.  It talks about us finding delight in the law of the Lord - in His word.
  • And verse three says that we will be like a tree planted by water, strong and prosperous if we meditate on that word day and night.
  • Let this song remind you to stay in His word, especially if you want to prosper and have some joy in your life.


  • This (That) song talks about a stream of living water, and that got me to thinking that I can’t really live unless I have a stream of God’s Word flowing into me on a regular basis.
  • It’s because when the stream stops that stuff starts to stagnate.

    Scripture References

    John 10:10

    The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.


    Numbers 6:24-26

    The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.


    Psalm 1:1-3

    Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;

    but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

    He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about putting mosquito repellant on, and how mosquitos grow in pools of standing water.  Remind the listeners that having a constant stream of God’s word going into their lives keeps the little irritants of life from growing.


    Talk about when you’ve had abundant quiet times, but then how stuff will happen and you get away from it.  Why is it you want to go back?


    Talk about a tree climbing story from your past, and how one can only climb high if the roots go down deep.

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