I read a blog post recently titled Stop Singing Oceans and the author talks about how we shouldn’t sing the song because we really don’t mean it. I’m not slamming her for saying that at all. Many times I’ve sung songs in a worship service and thought to myself, “Do I really live my life like this?” I think it’s good and right to ask those questions. To see where we are spiritually and to grow in areas and let God use the lyrics to expand our understanding of Him.
But for me, I think I need to keep singing Oceans. Sing it over and over until it becomes real in my life. I look at the people around Jesus and they said things to Him about their belief…and then they faltered. They failed. They didn’t live it out. But Jesus didn’t tell them to stop saying it.
In John 11, Martha had just told Jesus she believed He was the Christ, the Son of the Living God! And immediately turned around and said, Jesus we can’t open that grave! Lazarus will smell! Jesus didn’t walk away and say, “Martha, I guess you don’t believe, so stop saying it. Never mind guys! Leave the stone!”
No way! In verse 40:Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
And what about Peter?? Here’s his story when he sees Jesus walking on water:
And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out,“Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:28-33
I’m so glad that Jesus didn’t leave Peter to drown when he saw the wind and was afraid. “Oh, too bad, Peter. You didn’t really believe. You’re done.”
This same guy later DENIED Jesus, and still…hey Peter…I’m not done with you even though you’ve said (or sung) things that you didn’t succeed at the first time (or hundredth time)
I mean, the whole opening of the song says – “You call me out upon the waters, the great unknown, where feet may fail.” We might fail guys! And that’s ok. Because even when we fail, we call upon Him and rest in His perfection. We keep transferring our trust from ourselves, our money, our job, our family, or whatever we trust in…and we give it to Jesus.
We are made stronger in the walking. Through the hardship and the perseverance. We build muscles. We have hard days, days we feel like we fail. We have days we are sore and we feel like we’ve just been beaten up and dragged behind a horse! But we press on. We endure, and it produces character in us. It produces hope in us. (Romans 5:4)
So yes, I will keep singing Oceans. I will keep asking the Spirit to lead me where my trust is without borders. I will keep asking Him to take me deeper than my feet could ever wander so my faith will be made stronger. And when the storms and waves come and I find myself slipping, I will call upon His Name, because I am His and He is mine.