Have you ever wondered why the song Oceans is so popular in the church right now? It seems like anytime I hear it, almost every girl around me start to freakout. And for a while I just didn’t get it.
Then a crazy thing happened. I started listening to the lyrics, actually paying attention to what they are saying. If you haven’t ever actually stopped and read them, here they are;
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep, My faith will stand
And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand, Will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now
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 could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
The lyrics here start symbolizing the event that took place where Jesus called Peter out of the boat, and to literally walk on the water. Later on turns that symbolism to us, where God is calling us to take steps of faith that don’t really make any sense.
This is something that I fully relate to, well because, I feel like my life is out on the water, walking in faith. My favorite part is the climax of the song, the bridge. This is a prayer where we are asking God to take us further than we could imagine going and deeper than we could ever dream, to a place where faith, trust, and our dreams rely solely on God. It’s a place that without our Savior, would drown us.
That is why I’ve grown to like the song Oceans. Because it came to mean something to my life.
So as a worship leader, I had to find a way to present this song in a way that shows it truly meant something. The Hillsong United version is absolutely beautiful and I love it, however, I don’t have what we call a pretty voice. It’s loud and rough. So I had to look elsewhere for inspiration and came across a version that The Digital Age recorded and fell in love. No, I don’t like the auto-tuned voice in the beginning but regardless of that, it inspired me to make it my own song.
Here it is if you are interested in giving it a listen: