Songs & Scripture: “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” (Joel Houston, Matt Crocker, & Salomon Ligthelm)

Of course, this song alludes to Peter being called out by Jesus to walk on the water (Matthew 14:22-33), but is the cry of my heart to obey Jesus wherever he leads me and trust him regardless. I hope the other Scripture references deepen your worship to God as you sing this.

Update February 2017: I think it is worth reading another perspective by the Faithful Stewardship Blog on this song, and why the much-beloved “Oceans” may not be Biblical. It is a song that could be interpreted in many ways, and that is where its weakness lies, as well as the focus on Peter rather than the Lord who was the only One who walked on the water successfully. It certainly caused me to think. I will leave this post up but please weigh these things and consider them against Scripture. You will notice there were several lines I could not find verses to back up, which should give us as Christians pause.

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
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Verse 1
You call me out upon the waters (Matthew 14:28-29)
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery (Colossians 2:2-3)
In oceans deep my faith will stand (Matthew 14:30-31)


I will call upon Your Name (Psalm 116:2, 4, 13, 17, Lamentations 3:55-57, Joel 2:32Matthew 14:30, Romans 10:13)
And keep my eyes above the waves (Matthew 14:30)
When oceans rise (Genesis 7, Psalm 46:1-3)
My soul will rest in Your embrace (Jeremiah 6:16Matthew 11:29, Luke 15:18-24)
For I am Yours and You are mine (Song of Solomon 6:3, Song of Solomon 7:10)

Verse 2
Your grace abounds in deepest waters (Psalm 42:7, Romans 5:20, 2 Corinthians 9:8)
Your sovereign hand will be my guide (1 Chronicles 29:11-12, Job 42:2Psalm 31:3Psalm 73:24, Proverbs 16:9, Philippians 1:6)
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me (Matthew 14:30)
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now (Joshua 23:14)

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders (Matthew 4:1, John 14:16-17John 16:13, Romans 8:14, Galatians 5:16-18)
Let me walk upon the waters (Matthew 14:28)
Wherever You would call me (Genesis 12:11 Corinthians 7:17)
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander (Exodus 14:21-22Ezekiel 47:1-9)
And my faith will be made stronger (Romans 4:19-20)
In the presence of my Savior

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Songs & Scripture: “Mighty to Save” (Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan)

This song has become a praise staple in many churches, and is based heavily around Zephaniah 3:17:

Zephaniah 3:17. Photo Credit: Kelli Wommack


However, there are so many other verses that are alluded to in these lyrics, more than I ever realized!  Once again I’ve linked most of the verses to the ESV version, but some of the lyrics more closely follow either the NASB or NIV version, so I’ve linked those as they apply.

I’ve featured a lyric video of this song by Laura Story, in part because I think this video was so beautifully done, but Hillsong United also has a wonderful version (see that here).

Everyone needs compassion (Matthew 9:36, Mark 6:34)
A love thats never failing (1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV)
Let mercy fall on me (Psalm 145:9)

Everyone needs forgiveness (Romans 3:23-24)
The kindness of a savior (Ephesians 2:7, Titus 3:4-5)
The hope of nations (Isaiah 42:1, Matthew 12:15-21 NIV)

Saviour he can move the mountains (Ezekiel 38:20, Matthew 17:20)
My God is mighty to save (Isaiah 63:1, Zephaniah 3:17)
He is mighty to save
Forever author of salvation (Hebrews 12:2 NASB)
He rose and conquered the grave (Hosea 13:14 NIV)
Jesus conquered the grave

So take me as you find me
All my fears and failures
Fill my life again (Ephesians 3:19)

I give my life to follow (Matthew 16:24, Luke 9:23)
Everything I believe in
Now i surrender


Shine your light and let the whole world see (Matthew 5:14-16)
We’re singing for the glory of the risen king JESUS (Matthew 28:6, 1 Corinthians 10:31)