I'm sure by now most of us have heard the song Oceans by Hillsong United. I know I've sung it countless times in worship events and at church. But, it wasn't until about a week ago that something finally clicked and the depth of what I was singing actually made sense in my head and in my heart.
You call me out upon the waters
First off, I think I've always missed that word "mystery." But, oh how true these words are, that He calls us out into the unknown. He calls us out into the mystery. And we find Him! He calls us out of the boat and into the waters. Oceans deep. In waters where everything gets tossed, turned, dragged down, and caught in rip currents. So far away from the shore and the boat that when we look back, we see just a dot. In that place our faith can stand firm. But, how?
And I will call upon Your name
We call upon Him. When we are out in the oceans, being tossed around, we can call upon His name, we can look to His face. The oceans may keep rising, but there He is. Remember, in the mystery of oceans deep. Our soul finds rest in His embrace. We belong to Him and He to us. The oceans keep rising, but we keep calling out His name.
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
In the deepest of waters, the deepest of troubles, the deepest of worries, the deepest of guilt, the deepest of loneliness.
His grace abounds.
His hand is still sovereign.
He is still guiding us.
In the places of our deepest failures and our deepest fears. In the place where we feel like we are in a pit, so far below the earth's surface that no one can hear our cries or screams.
He is there.
He's never failed and He will never fail.
So I will call upon Your name
So, here comes the challenge...
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
We ask the Holy Spirit to take us out into the middle of the ocean. To the middle of the waters where it's chaos. Where we can't see the horizon before us or the shore behind us. We are asking to be called deeper into whatever "ocean" is surrounding us. So deep, there is no way we can stand. No way we can even tread water. For when we are in the deepest part of our ocean, the only thing left to do is to look up and call upon His name. And declare...
Oh, Jesus, You're my God!
Yes, Lord. You are my God.
I will call upon Your name
I don't know what your "ocean" is. I know what mine is. I have a couple of them, actually. And there is nothing more scarier or more exciting than asking the Holy Spirit to take me out into the middle of those waters. Scary, because I will be surrounded by things that I don't want to face. People, situations, unknowns, mysteries. I'll be in the middle of a chaos that I won't know what to do with. Exciting, because I will be forced to look up and call upon His name. And I will see Him. And He will see me. And His sovereign hand will guide me through the chaos. He controls the wind and the waves. Who better to lead me?
Will you allow the Holy Spirit to lead you out into waters unknown? Where the waters are so rough and you become surrounded with things you don't want to confront? Will you let Him lead you into the chaos and the mystery of the unknown where your feet may fail? When you're in the middle of the chaos will you lift your eyes and call upon His name? Will you let His sovereign hand guide you?
Remember, He's never failed and He won't start now.
Ask the Spirit to lead you.
Holy Spirit lead us...
Follow Me :)