I love it when you’re just going on about your life and then out of nowhere, one of “those” songs comes along, and it doesn’t matter how many times or how many ways you’ve heard it, you just have to stop what you are doing and pay attention. I believe…no…I know, that this is the Father reaching out to his children, urging us to listen to him and what his Spirit has to say to us. And as always, the question is, will we? There is one song that seems to do that to me every single time I hear it, and as you may have guessed by the title of this little blog, that song is called “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” performed by Hillsong United and written by Matt Cocker, Lance Adkins, Joel Houston, & Salomon Ligthelm.
The natural response of a human when something like this happens to us is to wonder why it affects us so much. What about this one particular piece of music out of all the ones in the world causes it to have such a lasting and consistent effect? Clearly it has to be the message, right? I mean, great music is definitely powerful but typically after you hear the same thing so many times, its power begins to wane. Yes, it must be that the message of the song is resonating within our spirits. God is moving, speaking, and trying to teach us something, and sometimes we’ve spent so much time running away from him, or worse, hiding, that we forget how to interpret what he’s trying to tell us. Perhaps the most poignant part of this song, among many, is the lyrical composition and the message of the bridge:
“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 would ever wander. And my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.”
I think it becomes clearer to us what the message of the song is when we recognize the story that these lyrics are trying to convey. If we read the lyrics carefully we can find the story of Peter walking on the water as the inspiration for the message of the song. The first line of the first verse says, “You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown, where feet may fail…” Figuratively, we can say that as Peter was literally called to walk out on the water to Jesus, so we are also called to step out in faith on to what may not always look like a solid ground foundation.
But the line that strikes a cord very deeply within me is the concept of having “trust without borders”. That lyric is such a clear, concise way to express how our capacity to trust God has to be limitless if we really ever want to reach our potential to be a man or woman after God’s heart. We can’t possibly expect to be able to take the first steps of walking where we are called if we can’t first trust that Jesus is going to be there for us no matter what. We are not a perfect people, therefore we can likely conclude that our faith will not always be a strong enough foundation to hold us up, but the great thing about Jesus is that he sees that coming from across the ocean. And He knows just when to reach out and pull us up, while still allowing us the opportunity to have faith and trust that what He’s called us to, will only lead to goodness and glory.