Songs & Scripture: Thy Will (Hillary Scott)

“Thy Will,” written & sung by Lady Antebellum’s lead singer Hillary Scott was inspired after a tragedy struck. I love this song because it brings the question of how to trust God as a Christian during times of suffering. May the verses I found in my study help you renew your faith and joy in the Lord as they helped me.

Thy Will
Written by Hillary Scott, Bernie Herms, & Emily Lynn Weisband

CCLI#7067890

I’m so confused (Proverbs 3:5-7, Luke 24:38, 1 Corinthians 14:33)
I know I heard You loud and clear (1 Samuel 3:10, 1 Kings 19:12-13, Isaiah 30:19-21, Acts 9:4-5, Acts 11:12, Acts 13:2, Acts 16:6-7)
So, I followed through (John 14:15, 2 John 1:6, Revelation 14:12)
Somehow I ended up here (Isaiah 30:20, 2 Timothy 2:9, 2 Timothy 3:12)
I don’t wanna think
I may never understand (John 13:7, 1 Corinthians 13:12)
That my broken heart is a part of Your plan (Genesis 50:20, Proverbs 17:3, Isaiah 30:20, Isaiah 48:10, Hosea 6:1, Zechariah 13:9, Acts 14:22, Romans 5:3, Romans 8:17, 2 Corinthians 4:8-11, 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, Philippians 1:12, Hebrews 5:8, James 5:10-11, 1 Peter 2:19-20, 1 Peter 3:14, 1 Peter 3:17, 1 Peter 4:12-13)
When I try to pray (Romans 8:26-27)
All I’ve got is hurt and these four words (Matthew 6:10)

Thy will be done (Psalm 31:5, Matthew 6:10, Matthew 26:39, Matthew 26:42, Mark 14:36, Luke 22:42, John 4:34, John 5:30, John 6:38, 1 Peter 3:17, 1 Peter 4:19)
Thy will be done
Thy will be done

I know You’re good (Exodus 34:6, Psalm 34:8, Psalm 52:1, Psalm 52:9, Psalm 119:68, James 1:17)
But this don’t feel good right now (Psalm 39:12, Psalm 61:1)
And I know You think
Of things I could never think about (Deuteronomy 29:29, Job 26:14, Psalm 147:5, Isaiah 40:28, Isaiah 55:8-9)
It’s hard to count it all joy (Romans 5:3-5, James 1:2-4, 1 Peter 1:6)
Distracted by the noise (1 Kings 19:11-13)
Just trying to make sense
Of all Your promises* (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Sometimes I gotta stop (Psalm 46:10)
Remember that You’re God (OT: Exodus 3:14, Deuteronomy 4:29, Deuteronomy 4:35, Deuteronomy 4:39, Deuteronomy 6:4, Deuteronomy 10:17, Deuteronomy 32:29, 2 Samuel 7:22, 1 Kings 8:60, 2 Kings 5:15, 2 Kings 19:15, 1 Chronicles 17:20, Nehemiah 9:6, Psalm 8:3-4, Psalm 18:31, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 86:10, Psalm 136:3, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Isaiah 37:16, Isaiah 37:20, Isaiah 43:10-11, Isaiah 45:21, Isaiah 46:9, Daniel 2:47, Hosea 13:4, Joel 2:27, Zechariah 9:9, Zechariah 14:9. NT: Matthew 1:23, Matthew 28:18, John 1:1-3, John 1:14, John 5:17-18, John 17:3, John 8:58, John 10:33, John 12:15, John 18:37, John 20:28, Acts 10:36, 1 Corinthians 8:4-6, Philippians 2:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:17, 1 Timothy 2:5, 1 Timothy 6:14-16, Titus 2:13, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:17-18, Revelation 2:8, Revelation 4:8, Revelation 17:14, Revelation 19:11-16, Revelation 22:13)
And I am not (Job 2:9-10, Psalm 100:3, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
So

Thy will be done (x3)
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is (Psalm 131:2)
Thy will be done (x3)

I know You see me (1 Samuel 16:7, Psalm 10:14, Psalm 33:13, Psalm 34:18, Psalm 56:8, Psalm 139:1-3, Proverbs 15:11, Hebrews 2:18, Hebrews 4:13, Hebrews 4:16)
I know You hear me, Lord (Psalm 66:17-20, Proverbs 15:29, Isaiah 30:19, Matthew 7:7, John 9:31, Hebrews 4:16, 1 Peter 3:12, 1 Peter 5:7, 1 John 5:14)
Your plans are for me (Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:31-32)
Goodness You have in store (Job 19:25, Job 23:10, Psalm 31:19, Psalm 37:11, Psalm 66:10-12, Ecclesiastes 8:12, Matthew 19:29, Matthew 25:34, Luke 12:32, Romans 8:18, Romans 8:28, 1 Corinthians 2:9, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Hebrews 11:16, James 1:12, James 5:11, 1 Peter 1:3-9, 1 Peter 5:4, 1 Peter 5:10, Revelation 2:10)
(repeat x 1)
So

Thy will be done (x3)
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done (x3)

I know You see me
I know You hear me, Lord

Songs & Scripture: Thrive (Mark Hall & Matthew West)

angel oak 2Hello friends, it has been a while since my last Songs & Scripture post. I heard this one on the radio a few weeks ago and it really encouraged me so I was inspired to dig through my Bible again and find the related passages. Also, check out the amazing “Angel Oak” photo above, that tree is thought to be as old as 1,400 years old! What an example of a thriving tree like we see in Psalm 1 & Jeremiah 17!

Thrive
Written By: Mark Hall and Matthew West
CCLI: #7006228

Here in this worn and weary land (Jeremiah 17:5-6)
Where many a dream has died (Proverbs 13:12)

Like a tree planted by the water (Psalm 1:1-3, Jeremiah 17:7-8)
We never will run dry

So living water flowing through (Jeremiah 2:13, Jeremiah 17:13, John 4:10-14, John 7:38, Revelation 7:17)
God we thirst for more of You (Psalm 42:1-2, Psalm 63:1, Psalm 143:6, Matthew 5:6, John 4:15)
Fill our hearts and flood our souls (Psalm 81:10, Matthew 12:35, Luke 6:45-46, John 7:38, Romans 15:13, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Ephesians 5:18, Colossians 2:2)
With one desire

Just to know You and (Jeremiah 9:23-24, Jeremiah 29:13, Jeremiah 31:33-34, John 17:3, Philippians 3:8-10)
To make You known (Matthew 28:18-20, John 13:34-35, Galatians 6:10)
We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun make darkness run and hide (2 Samuel 22:29, Job 12:22, Psalm 18:28, Psalm 112:4, Isaiah 9:2, Isaiah 42:16, John 1:4-5, John 8:12, John 12:46, Acts 26:18, 2 Corinthians 4:6, Ephesians 5:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:5, 1 Peter 2:9, 1 John 1:5)
We know we were made for so much more (Esther 4:14)
Than ordinary lives (Ephesians 1:4, Colossians 3:23-24)
It’s time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive (John 10:10, John 16:33, Philippians 4:11-13)

Into Your word we’re digging deep (Deuteronomy 29:29, Psalm 1:1-3, Psalm 119, Romans 15:4, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)
To know our Father’s heart (Jeremiah 9:23-24, Jeremiah 29:13, Jeremiah 31:33-34, John 17:3, Philippians 3:10)

Into the world we’re reaching out (Isaiah 49:6, Matthew 5:14-16, Matthew 25:40, Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 14:13-14, 1 Peter 3:15)
To show them who You are

Joy unspeakable (1 Peter 1:8)
Faith unsinkable (Matthew 14:30-31)*
Love unstoppable (Romans 8:31-39, 1 Corinthians 13)
Anything is possible (Genesis 18:14, Job 42:2, Jeremiah 32:17, Matthew 17:20, Matthew 19:26, Mark 9:23, Mark 10:27, Luke 1:37, Luke 18:27, Ephesians 3:20, Philippians 4:12-13)

*I realize that this verse seems contradictory to the song, but think about it– our faith is unsinkable because of Who we place our faith in, not because of our faith staying strong in our own power.
Related Posts:
Mark Hall’s Devotional Thoughts on Thriving
An Ordinary Life? –Shane Sander posts some really helpful thoughts on what ordinary should mean to us, and in this song

Songs & Scripture: “Blessed Be The Name of the Lord” (Matt Redman)

I know this song isn’t exactly new, but I’ve been working on it for the last several months. I love this version too! Enjoy!

Blessed Be Your Name
Written By: Matt Redman and Beth Redman
CCLI #: 3798438

Blessed Be Your Name (Job 1:21)
In the land that is plentiful (Job 1:3, James 1:17)
Where Your streams of abundance flow (Job 1:10, Philippians 4:11-13)
Blessed be Your name

Blessed Be Your name (Job 1:21)
When I’m found in the desert place (Habakkuk 3:17-18, Philippians 4:11-13)
Though I walk through the wilderness (Numbers 32:13, Deuteronomy 1:30-31, Deuteronomy 8:2, 15-16, 1 Samuel 23:14, Psalm 78:52, Psalm 136:16, Hosea 13:5, Matthew 4:1)
Blessed Be Your name

[BRIDGE:]
Every blessing You pour out (Genesis 24:35, Deuteronomy 7:13, Deuteronomy 8:17-18, Deuteronomy 30:9, Job 1:1-5,10, Job 42:12, Ecclesiastes 5:19, Psalm 127:3, Malachi 3:10, Isaiah 44:3, James 1:17)
I’ll turn back to praise (Psalm 41:13, Psalm 103:22, Psalm 145:21, Psalm 150:6, Acts 2:46-47, Acts 16:34)
When the darkness closes in, Lord (Job 1:13-22, Job 30:26, Psalm 88:15, Psalm 143:3, Isaiah 45:7, Isaiah 59:9, Isaiah 60:2, Lamentations 3:2,6, Micah 7:8, Acts 16:25)
Still I will say (Job 1:20, Job 13:15, Psalm 34:1, Lamentations 3:21-33, 1 Thessalonians 5:18, James 1:12, James 5:11)

[CHORUS:]
Blessed be the name of the Lord (Genesis 9:26, Genesis 14:20, Genesis 24:27, Exodus 18:10, Ruth 4:14, 1 Samuel 25:32,39, 2 Samuel 22:47, 1 Kings 1:48, 1 Kings 8:15,56, 1 Chronicles 16:36, 2 Chronicles 2:12, 2 Chronicles 6:4, 2 Chronicles 9:8, Ezra 7:27, Job 1:21, Psalm 18:46, Psalm 28:6, Psalm 31:21, Psalm 41:13, Psalm 68:19,35, Psalm 72:17-19, Psalm 89:52, Psalm 103:22, Psalm 106:48, Psalm 113:2, Psalm 118:26, Psalm 135:21, Psalm 144:1, Psalm 145:21, Ezekiel 3:12, Daniel 2:20, Daniel 3:28, Matthew 21:9, Matthew 23:39, Mark 11:9, Luke 1:68, Luke 13:35, Luke 19:38, John 12:13, 2 Corinthians 1:3, Ephesians 1:3, 1 Peter 1:3)
Blessed be Your name
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Blessed be Your glorious name (1 Chronicles 29:13, Nehemiah 9:5, Psalm 66:2, Psalm 72:19, Isaiah 63:14)

Blessed be Your name (Job 1:21)
When the sun’s shining down on me (Psalm 84:11, Psalm 113:3, Ecclesiastes 11:7, Malachi 4:2, Matthew 5:45)
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’ (Job 1:1-5)
Blessed be Your name (Ecclesiastes 5:19, James 1:17)

Blessed be Your name (Job 1:21)
On the road marked with suffering (Job 13:15, Acts 5:41, Romans 5:3, Romans 8:18, 2 Corinthians 1:5, Philippians 1:29, Philippians 3:8,10, 2 Timothy 1:8, 2 Timothy 2:3, 2 Timothy 4:5, 1 Peter 2:19, 1 Peter 3:14, 1 Peter 4:12-13, 1 Peter 5:9)
Though there’s pain in the offering (Job 1:20, Psalm 51:17)
Blessed be Your name (Job 2:10, Lamentations 3:38)

[BRIDGE REPEATS]
[CHORUS REPEATS x2]

You give and take away (Job 1:21, Philippians 4:11-13)
You give and take away
My heart will choose to say (Joshua 24:15)
Lord, blessed be Your name

Other helpful verses in light of this song:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
–Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV)

Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him.
–Psalm 115:3 (ESV)

Who can fathom the Spirit of the LORD, or instruct the LORD as his counselor? Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?
–Isaiah 40:13-14 (ESV)

“Now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known.”
–1 Corinthians 13:2 (ESV)

Related Posts:
Worship Together: Blessed Be Your Name
Crosswalk.com: What Are We Singing: Blessed Be the Name of the Lord

Songs & Scripture: “Your Presence is Heaven” (Israel Houghton and Micah Massey)

I can’t believe it took me this long to hear this song! I hope it blesses you to learn the Scripture related. Also, enjoy this “unplugged” version of the song from K Love’s studio. Read my only caveat below, and why I do not believe it should be used on a Sunday morning worship service.

Your Presence is Heaven (Your Presence is Heaven to Me)
Written by Israel Houghton and Micah Massey
(c) 2012 Integrity’s Praise! Music Sound Of The New Breed Regenerate Music Co.
CCLI#: 6214751

Who is like You Lord in all the earth? (Exodus 15:11, Deuteronomy 3:24, Deuteronomy 33:26, 1 Samuel 2:2, 2 Samuel 7:22, 1 Kings 8:23, 2 Chronicles 6:14, Psalm 35:10, Psalm 71:19, Psalm 89:8, Psalm 113:5, Jeremiah 10:6, Micah 7:18)
Matchless love and beauty, endless worth (John 15:13, Romans 8:37-39)
Nothing in this world can satisfy (Ecclesiastes 1:16-18, Ecclesiastes 5:10-12, Isaiah 55:2, Haggai 1:6, John 6:27, John 6:67-69, 1 John 2:15-17)
‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry (Psalm 63:1-5, Psalm 145:16, Isaiah 55:1-3, Jeremiah 31:25, John 4:13-14, John 6:35, John 7:37-38)

Your presence is heaven to me* (Genesis 28:15, Exodus 33:14, Deuteronomy 31:8, Joshua 1:5, 1 Chronicles 16:27, Psalm 16:8-11, Psalm 21:6, Psalm 23:4-6, Psalm 27:4, Psalm 37:7, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 51:11, Psalm 65:4, Psalm 73:28, Psalm 84:1-2, Psalm 84:10, Psalm 95:2, Psalm 97:5, Psalm 100:2, Psalm 114:7, Psalm 139:7, Psalm 140:13, Psalm 145:18, Isaiah 41:10, Isaiah 43:2, Jeremiah 29:13, Zephaniah 1:7, Matthew 1:23,  Matthew 18:20, Matthew 28:20, John 14:17, John 14:20, Acts 3:19-20, Romans 8:9-10, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 2:18, Hebrews 4:16, Hebrews 7:19, Hebrews 10:19-23, Hebrews 13:5, James 4:8)
Your presence is heaven to me

Treasure of my heart and of my soul (Deuteronomy 6:5, Psalm 119:11, Matthew 6:19-21, Matthew 13:44, Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27, Luke 12:33-34)
In my weakness you are merciful (Psalm 31:9, Psalm 78:38-39, Romans 5:6-8, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, 1 John 4:10)
Redeemer of my past and present wrongs (Deuteronomy 24:18, Ruth 3:9, 2 Samuel 7:23, 1 Chronicles 17:21,  Nehemiah 1:10, Job 19:25, Job 33:28, Psalm 19:14, Psalm 31:5, Psalm 34:22, Psalm 44:26, Psalm 55:18, Psalm 69:18, Psalm 71:23, Psalm 78:35, Psalm 103:4, Psalm 111:9, Psalm 130:7, Isaiah 44:22, Isaiah 47:4, Isaiah 48:17, Isaiah 54:5, Isaiah 54:8, Isaiah 59:20, Isaiah 62:12, Lamentations 3:58, Hosea 13:14,Luke 1:68, Luke 2:38, Romans 3:23-25, 1 Corinthians 1:29-31, Galatians 3:13, Galatians 4:4-6, Ephesians 1:7, Colossians 1:14, Titus 2:13-15, Hebrews 9:12, 15)
Holder of my future days to come (Job 14:5, Psalm 16:5, Psalm 31:15a, Daniel 2:21, Jeremiah 29:11, James 4:13-16)

Your presence is heaven to me
Your presence is heaven to me
Heaven to me, God
Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
Your presence is heaven to me
Oh Jesus, Oh Jesus
Your presence is heaven to me

All my days on earth I will await (Romans 8:18-19, Romans 8:23, 2 Corinthians 4:17, Galatians 5:5)
The moment that I see You face to face (Acts 1:11, 1 Corinthians 1:7, 2 Corinthians 5:8, Philippians 1:23, Colossians 3:4, Titus 2:13, Hebrews 9:28, 1 Peter 4:13, 2 Peter 3:12, Jude 1:21, Revelation 22:20)
Nothing in this world can satisfy
‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry (Psalm 16:5, Psalm 23:5, Psalm 116:13, John 4:10, John 7:38)
‘Cause Jesus You’re the cup that won’t run dry
You never run dry [chorus repeats]

*Of course, someday in heaven we will physically be in Jesus’ presence! But I took this lyric to mean “your [God’s] presence right now is awesome, full of joy, amazing, fulfilling.” I think Israel Houghton used the modern usage of the word “heaven” to connect us back to thinking about God’s presence being better than anything else we might cheaply label as “heaven on earth.” I understand how this vagueness could be theologically ambiguous, however, and believe that it may not be the best choice for a Sunday morning worship service. 

Songs & Scripture: “How Great is Our God” (Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves)

A few weeks ago I had the wonderful privilege of worshiping with some of the ladies of my church at a women’s retreat, and we sang this song and it was the most precious moment of the retreat together.

In honor of that I wanted to go deeper into this song, and discovered it is rich with Scripture and theology. The lines about God as the Father, Spirit, and Son especially became sweeter to me after studying the Scriptures filled with those references. I hope this study blesses you to know how great is our God!!

How Great is Our God
Written by Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, and Jesse Reeves
CCLI#: 4348399
(c) 2004 sixsteps Music

The splendor of a king (Psalm 96:9, Psalm 104:1, Isaiah 33:17, Isaiah 33:22)
Clothed in majesty (Job 37:22, Psalm 93:1, Psalm 104:1)
Let all the earth rejoice (1 Chronicles 16:31, Psalm 96:11, 13, Psalm 97:1)
All the earth rejoice

He wraps Himself in light, (Psalm 104:2, Isaiah 60:19, 1 Timothy 6:16, 1 John 1:5, Revelation 21:23, Revelation 22:5)
And darkness tries to hide (Psalm 139:12, Isaiah 9:2, Matthew 4:16, Luke 1:79, Luke 2:32, John 1:4-5, Ephesians 5:8, 1 Peter 2:9)
And trembles at His voice (Psalm 46:6, Jeremiah 10:10, Nahum 1:5)
Trembles at His voice

[CHORUS:]
How great is our God – sing with me
How great is our God – and all will see
How great, how great is our God (Exodus 18:11, 2 Chronicles 2:5, Psalm 48:1, Psalm 86:10, Psalm 95:3, Psalm 96:4, Psalm 104:1, Psalm 135:5, Psalm 145:3, Psalm 147:5, Psalm 150:2, Job 36:26)

Age to age He stands (Psalm 90:2, Psalm 102:27, Job 36:26, Isaiah 40:28, Isaiah 43:13, Habakkuk 1:12, Hebrews 13:8)
And time is in His hands (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 102: 25, Isaiah 41:4)
Beginning and the end (Genesis 1:1, Exodus 3:14, Isaiah 44:6, Hebrews 13:8, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:17, Revelation 21:6, Revelation 22:13)
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father, Spirit and Son (Matthew 28:19, Galatians 4:6, Romans 8:15, Romans 14:17-18, Romans 15:16, 1 Corinthians 2:2-5, 1 Corinthians 6:11, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 2 Corinthians 1:21-22, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Ephesians 2:18-22, Ephesians 3:14-19, Colossians 1:6-8, 1 Thessalonians 1:3-5, 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14, 1 Peter 1:1-2, Titus 3:4-6)
Lion and the Lamb (Genesis 49:9, Hosea 5:14, John 1:29, John 1:36, 1 Peter 1:19, Revelation 5:5-6,  Revelation 7:10, Revelation 7:17, Revelation 15:3, Revelation 21:22, Revelation 22:3)
Lion and the Lamb

[Chorus repeats]

Name above all names (Acts 4:12, Ephesians 1:21, Philippians 2:9-11)
Worthy of all praise (1 Chronicles 16:25, Psalm 18:3, Revelation 4:11, Revelation 5:12)
My heart will sing (Psalm 30:12)
How great is our God

[Chorus x 3]
Related Posts:

I found these sites exceedingly helpful in putting a list of verses together about the Trinity and laying out that doctrine:
Is the Doctrine of the Trinity in the Bible?
God as a Trinity

This site was great in pointing out some verses I hadn’t considered, and also was just a great devotional on the song!:
Story Song: How Great Is Our God

Songs & Scripture: Beautiful Things (Michael and Lisa Gungor)

Photo by Laura Shreck
Photo by Laura Shreck

My favorite lyrics in this song are at almost the end: You make me new, you are making me new! How amazing and true that is. God makes us new creations in Christ!

Beautiful Things
Written by Michael and Lisa Gungor
CCLI#: 5665521
(c) 2009 worshiptogether.com songs

All this pain (Psalm 13:1-2, Psalm 31:9-10, Psalm 38:17, Jeremiah 4:19, Jeremiah 15:18, Jeremiah 30:15, Lamentations 2:11, Habakkuk 1:2-4)
I wonder if I’ll ever find my way (Psalm 139:24, Matthew 7:13-14)
I wonder if my life could really change at all (Ephesians 4:22-24, Colossians 3:9-10)
All this earth (Genesis 6:5, Psalm 53:2-3, Psalm 102:18-20)
Could all that is lost ever be found (Matthew 10:39, Luke 15:3-7, Luke 15:8-10, Luke 15:32)
Could a garden come up from this ground at all (Genesis 2:8-9, Isaiah 35:1, Isaiah 43:19, Isaiah 51:3, Isaiah 55:13, Isaiah 61:11, Ezekiel 36:35-36)

[Chorus:]
You make beautiful things (Genesis 1:31, Ecclesiastes 3:11, Psalm 19:1)
You make beautiful things out of the dust (Genesis 2:7, Isaiah 61:3)
You make beautiful things
You make beautiful things out of us (Psalm 139:14, Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:15)

All around
Hope is springing up from this old ground (Psalm 107:35, Isaiah 43:19, Lamentations 3:21-23, Colossians 1:5-6)
Out of chaos life is being found in You (John 1:4, 1 John 4:9, 1 John 5:11)

[chorus repeats x 2]

[Bridge:]
You make me new, You are making me new (Ezekiel 11:19, Ezekiel 36:26, Romans 6:4, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 6:15, Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10, Revelation 21:4-5)
You make me new, You are making me new

[chorus repeats]

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

Related Posts
Song Truth: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)