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)
CCLI# 6428767
Copyright 2012 Hillsong Music Publishing

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)

Chorus

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)

Bridge
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: “Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)” (John Wilbur Chapman, Mark Hall, Michael Bleecker)

Trumpet
Trumpet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The best thing about this hymn redone by Casting Crowns is that there were multiple glorious days in God’s story of redemption.

Mark Hall of Casting Crowns and Michael Bleecker wrote the music to this modern rendition but the lyrics are all taken from the hymn “One Day” by John Wilbur Chapman, composed in 1910.

There is so much packed into this song that it took me multiple days to look up all of the Scripture references. Sorry it’s been so long since the last Songs & Scripture post!

On a quick note: I found some debates online about the theology of the chorus.  In my opinion, “living, dying, buried, rising, coming” as a WHOLE makes being loved, saved, sins being carried away, being justified possible. And I think that’s how the original author of the hymn meant it to be, not to be a “living=loving” “dying=saving”, etc. kind of interpretation.  If you took out any of those pieces of Jesus’ life, we would not be singing any songs about him because it would all fall apart!

What are your thoughts? Of course, I think it’s important to sing songs that are biblically accurate, but at the same time I don’t believe we always have to be singing word for word Bible verses.

Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)
CCLI# 5638022
Written by John Wilbur Chapman, Mark Hall, and Michael Bleecker

One day when Heaven was filled with His praises (Isaiah 6:1-5, Daniel 7:13-14)
One day when sin was as black as could be (Psalm 38:3-8, Psalm 51:3-5, Isaiah 1:18Isaiah 64:6, Matthew 6:23Romans 3:23)
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14Matthew 1:18-25Luke 1:26-38)
Dwelt among men, my example is He (John 13:12-17Romans 15:1-3)
Word became flesh and the light shined among us (John 1:4-514)
His glory revealed (Matthew 17:1-2John 1:14)

[Chorus:]
Living, He loved me (John 3:16, John 15:9, 12, Galatians 2:20)
Dying, He saved me (John 3:17, John 10:11)
Buried, He carried my sins far away (Psalm 103:12, Isaiah 43:25, Isaiah 44:22, Micah 7:19, Romans 6:6-7)
Rising, He justified freely forever (Romans 3:21-26Romans 4:25Romans 8:3-4)
One day He’s coming (John 14:1-3Acts 1:9-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 22:12, 20)*
Oh glorious day, oh glorious day

One day they led Him up Calvary’s mountain (Luke 23:33 KJV)
One day they nailed Him to die on a tree (Psalm 22:16, Matthew 27:35Mark 15:24, Luke 23:33-34, John 19:16-18)
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected (Isaiah 53:3-4)
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He (Isaiah 53:12)
Hands that healed nations, stretched out on a tree (2 Chronicles 7:14)
And took the nails for me (Isaiah 53:5-6, Colossians 2:13-14)

[Chorus]

One day the grave could conceal Him no longer
One day the stone rolled away from the door (Matthew 28:2, Mark 16:4, Luke 24:1-2, John 20:1)
Then He arose, over death He had conquered (Matthew 28:7Mark 16:6, 1 Corinthians 15:16-20)
Now He’s ascended, my Lord evermore (Luke 24:50-51, Acts 1:9-11)
Death could not hold Him, the grave could not keep Him (Acts 2:24)
From rising again

[Chorus]

One day the trumpet will sound for His coming (1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 11:15-19)
One day the skies with His glories will shine (Matthew 24:27Luke 21:27Revelation 1:7)
Wonderful day, my Beloved One, bringing
My Savior, Jesus, is mine

[Chorus]

Glorious day, Oh, Glorious day

*As with the line “one day he’s coming” I had to cut off the number of Scriptures I included for many of the lines. But I’d like to continue on this topic: often Jesus’ second coming is not preached often enough on in the Western Church, but there are dozens of Scriptures on this very topic. I don’t want to assume this is common knowledge, unfortunately, after a friend I knew who had been going to church for years was surprised when I mentioned Jesus’ second coming and had no idea what I was referring to. Why is that so tragic?

Because like all the other parts of the story, Jesus’ second coming is crucial: the final piece of the puzzle to our redemption: only through Jesus’ second coming do we have hope of eternal life!

“so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” -Hebrews 9:28

For more on Jesus’ return I recommend this site.

Even so, come Lord Jesus.

With love,

Lauren

Songs & Scripture: “After All (Holy)” (David Crowder, Mark Waldrop, Matt Maher, Mike Dodson)

Stars, and the glow over the Halemaumau crater...
Stars, and the glow over the Halemaumau crater of the Kilauea volcano on Big Island, Hawaii (Photo credit: LoveBigIsland)

David Crowder Band has put out some pretty awesome worship songs, but when I was listening to this one on the radio, I almost pulled my car over it was so good and I couldn’t help but praise God.

The lyrics are so poetic that often it’s hard to find a verse exactly quoted, but nevertheless very biblical, so I’ve included verses that are related to the lyrics or further prove their point for this Songs & Scripture post.

After All (Holy)
CCLI# 6191221
Writers: David Crowder, Mark Waldrop, Matt Maher, Mike Dodson

I can’t comprehend your infinitely beautiful and perfect love (Isaiah 61:10, Jeremiah 31:3, John 3:16John 15:3)
Oh I’ve dreamed dreams of majesty as brilliant as a billion stars (1 Chronicles 16:23-27, Psalm 8:3-4)
But they’re never bright enough after all (Isaiah 60:19)

You are Holy
Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8)

I will sing a song for you my God with everything I have in me (Psalm 108:1)
But it’s never loud enough after all

You are Holy
Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy

Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory, glory (Psalm 19:1-4, Isaiah 6:3Ezekiel 43:2Romans 1:19-20)
My soul it overflows full of your glory, your glory (2 Corinthians 4:6, Colossians 1:27)
Oh blessed is he who reigns, full of your glory, your glory (John 12:13Acts 7:55-56, Hebrews 1:1-4)
My cup, it can’t contain all of your glory, your glory (Psalm 23:5)
Hosanna we are found after all you are (Philippians 3:8-9Colossians 3:3)

Holy
Oh Holy
Holy, Holy, Holy

I can’t comprehend
You’re infinitely beautiful

With love,

Lauren

Songs & Scripture: “You Are My Portion” (Darrell Evans)


“The antidote for worry is worship.”

~quoted by Pastor Milton Campbell, The Midtown Bridge Church, Atlanta, GA, original source unknown

This song has blessed me in times of great anxiety and worry, and it has been playing over and over in my head this week as my pastor has been preaching out of Matthew 6. It’s an oldie but a goodie! There is a ton of Scripture hidden in these lyrics, I’ve tried to tease out the most obvious.

(sorry, the lyric video was taken down, but this man does a really great rendition!)

You Are My Portion (by Darrell Evans)

Father I will not worry about tomorrow or all of its questions (Matthew 6:34)
Father I will just trust you (Psalm 37:5, Proverbs 3:5, Jeremiah 17:7-8)
And I will be waiting for treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20)

My heart is with you for there my treasure lies (Matthew 6:21, Matthew 13:44)
My eyes are on you for you are my delight (Matthew 6:22-23, Hebrews 12:1-2)

(chorus)

Though I may not wear the garments of princes (Matthew 6:29-30)
You are my portion (x2) (Psalm 16:5, Psalm 73:26, Psalm 119:57, Psalm 142:5, Lamentations 3:24)
For you clothe me in your righteousness (Isaiah 61:10, Romans 13:12-14, Galatians 3:27, Revelation 3:18)
You are my portion (x2)
Though I may not sit at the table of kings (2 Samuel 9:13)
You are my portion (x2)
For you feed me from the abundance of your hand (Psalm 23:5, Ezekiel 3:3)
You are my portion
You are my portion, Lord

(bridge)

My everything, you meet my every need (Philippians 4:19)
You cover me (Ruth 3:9, Psalm 91:4)
And make me be at peace (John 14:27, Philippians 4:6-7, 2 Thessalonians 3:16)

~~

Maybe you’re worried because you haven’t been worshipping. If so, I pray the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your heart & your mind in Christ Jesus today. He is our Peace.

With love,

Lauren