Monday, June 23, 2014

Music Monday

So I've mentioned before that I love music!  I like different styles of music and different beats.  But my favorite songs are the ones that have powerful lyrics.  To me, those are the ones that touch me and stay with me.  So today, on Music Monday (so catchy right?) I would like to share the song that is on my most played list for the past couple of weeks: "Oceans (Where Feet May fail)" by Hillsong United. 

I was first introduced to this song at the JBA Fall Retreat last October.  My husband leads the worship there with a wonderful group of musicians and singers who come together once a year from several different states and cities to lead worship and they do a phenomenal job! Anyway, Emily, our lead female singer (who is A-mazing) suggested this song for one of the worship services.  She sang this song and it blew me away, sorry I don't have a video of that but I will share a couple of videos below after you take a minute to read the lyrics:

"Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)"

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 
Of course, the basis of this is from Matthew 14 when Peter walks out onto the water to Jesus.  
 28And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?
My first thought when I read this passage is a scoffing at Peter for doubting his safety when Jesus was right there!  But honestly I wonder if I would have even had enough faith to walk out on the waters in the first place.
Many artists have started recording their versions of this song and I basically love them all!  This video is of Hillsong United singing at Passion this year. (I don't want this post to be too long, so I won't go into all the details about Passion, I'll save that for another post ;-) all I will say is it is life changing! For example- if you are thinking that this is a really looong song that it lasts over 9 minutes, well it's because for the last minute or so, the band has stopped singing and playing but you can hear thousands upon thousands of college aged students singing the words, continuing to worship.  It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it!)  I hope you enjoy and if you can't see the video, hopefully you can click here.

And this video (yes, I'm sharing 2 because I think this one is pretty cool) is by The Digital Age:

So what do you think?

Is your faith strong enough to join Jesus out on the water?

And when the storms are raging and you are about to be knocked down, are you trusting Jesus to keep you safe?

Are you willing to go out into "deeper waters" with Jesus so that your faith may be strengthened?  It's a scary thought to go into the deeper waters knowing the difficulties that can be encountered, but is it worth it to you, if it means your faith will grow and your relationship with Jesus will be closer than ever?

Something to think pray about...

Love in Christ,


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