Taking It Deeper

Lyrics

You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the light
Whom shall I fear?
 
You crush the enemy
Underneath my feet
You are my sword and shield
Though trouble linger still
Whom shall I fear?
 
I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies is always by my side
The One who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies is always by my side
 
My strength is in Your name
For You alone can save
You will deliver me
Yours is the victory
Whom shall I fear?
Whom shall I fear?
 
And nothing formed against me shall stand
You hold the whole world in Your hands
I’m holding on to Your promises
You are faithful

 

TID-bits

In this video, Chris talks about 2nd Kings 6 where Elisha tells his servant not to worry because “those who are with us, are more than who are with them.”   Elisha prays that his servants eyes would be open to see that.   They are, and the servant sees the flaming chariots of fire surrounding the army that is surrounding them.

Here’s a way to relate that to the modern day:   Compare it to a submarine.   Imagine this steel tube underwater.   Windows are useless with its tough shell. It can’t see a thing without it’s sonar.   It’s easy for a submarine to feel all alone.

However, once it pings it’s sonar, it can see what surrounds it.   By raising its periscope it can physically see the flotilla of battleships ready to back it up.  

This song reminds us to look at the world through a different viewscreen.   Call it our spiritual sonar, or our spiritual periscope.   It reminds us to trust that God is prepared to go to battle for us using methods that we can’t physically see.   However, they are methods that we can trust through faith.

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  •  You ever watch Duck Dynasty?
  • The show fascinates me.   Here’s this bunch of crazy backwoods guys who have made a fortune making duck calls.
  • Not only do they call out ducks, they call out life as they see it.
  • There is value in calling.   When we pray, we are in essence, sitting in the duck blind of our life - often indeed very blind, calling on God to come to our aid.
  • And sometimes, like a flock of ducks, He flies in big time - with angel armies.
  • Think about that as you hear the first line of this song....

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  • I just downloaded an app.   It’s called “Twist” and it lets my wife see when I leave work and how long it will take until I get home.
  • We like to track things like that.   I order something from Amazon, and I’m on UPS’s website, looking to see when it will be delivered to my home.
  • It’s the anticipation that is so exciting, and this (that) song is about that kind of anticipation.
  • It’s like tracking software.   It’s words are one that I keep checking back on while I’m waiting for God to deliver me from the darkness, or from my enemies, or from troubles.

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  • Darkness is not really darkness.
  • It’s the absence of light.
  • So don’t be afraid of the dark.   Instead, do whatever you can to keep a light burning in your soul.
  • Praying is the best way.   Constant praying.
  • And like this song says - He is the morning song - He will show up for you like the rising of the sun,
  • We can pray for you too if you need help hanging in there.

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(FROM AL ROSS AT KSWP)

  • My 7 and 10 year grandsons recently dressed up like 3 Musketeers. Shield on the chest, towel for their royal cape and sticks tied together for a sword.
  • As they were playing, I asked who they were battling? They said, Thousands of Evil demons." I said, But, it's only the two of you."
  • They quickly responded, "Grand-dad look behind us, Can't you see the thousands of Angel Armies sent from God."
  • I smiled and thought, "Wow!"
  • Who has your back?
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  • The concept of God that we tend to think of first is usually that of a being sitting on His throne up in heaven,
  • That’s true, or course.
  • But God is more than that.
  • Jeremiah 24 says “Can anyone hide   in secret places   so that I cannot see him?”   declares the   Lord.   “Do not I fill heaven and earth?”   declares the   Lord.
  • God fills heaven and earth.   Kind of like air fills every nook and cranny on this earth.
  • So take a breath of air and believe what this song says:   He is everywhere.   He is going before you and standing behind you and He’s always by your side.

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  • If we were to turn out all the lights here on earth for just one night, we’d see an incredible light show.
  • We’d be able to see the grandeur of the Milky Way that is right above our heads.
  • Think about that when you hear the words of this song that says “though darkness fills the night, it cannot hide the light.”
  • Even if you’re experiencing things right now that seem to make your life so dark, remember this:
  • Darkness allows His light to shine through.

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  • This song reminds me of the Apostle Paul in the Bible.
  • He had all kinds of reasons to fear.   Torture, imprisonment, involved in storms and shipwrecks.
  • Yet through it all, he saw how God worked supernaturally.   For instance he became a Christian by being struck blind, and then by Jesus giving him his sight back.   Another instance had an earthquake braking him out of prison.
  • For all the fear this world threw at him, he was truly able to say that there were angel armies by his side.
  • Guess what?   That hasn’t changed.   The God who commands them is there for you too.

    Scripture References

    Psalm 27:1  

    The LORD is my light and my salvation--whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life--of whom shall I be afraid?

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    Psalm 91:11

    For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways;

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    Psalm 23:4

    Even though I walk   through the valley of the shadow of death,   I will fear no evil,   for you are with me;   your rod and your staff,   they comfort me.

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    Psalm 27:1

    The   Lord   is my light   and my salvation   –   whom shall I fear?   The   Lord   is the stronghold   of my life–   of whom shall I be afraid?

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    Psalm 118:6

    The   Lord   is with me;   I will not be afraid.   What can man do to me?

    Your Own Experiences

    Talk about calling someone when you needed support.   Mention how great it is that we can call to God at any time.   Encourage the listener to trust that He will strengthen them when they do.

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    Remember a time that you had to trust God to make something right for you?   Remember the fear you had going in, and the bravery you felt coming out of that situation?   Share that story.

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    Finish this sentence:   “The one time that I had no control over a situation, and yet God worked it out was ______________”   There’s your personal hook into this song.

One Response so far.

  1. KSBJ says:

    We’re road trippin!!! Did you sleep with a night light when you were a kid? This song from Chris Tomlin talks about how the darkness cannot hide the light.

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