We are introducing a new song to our upcoming Sunday services. All of you avid Hillsong United followers will know and love this song already. It is called Oceans (Where Feet May Fail). It is a beautiful and breath-taking song. Not only is the music a masterpiece, but the lyrics paint a vivid picture of the way Peter felt when he walked on water. Here is the story if you do not know it…
25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
There are a couple things I get from this story. The first is that Peter had the faith and trust in God to walk out on the water… WOW. That is scary and intimidating and unknown. And of course he walked out into a storm. It was windy and the waves were coming from all directions, but he still decided to take a step of faith trusting that God was going to guide his steps. Are you taking a step of faith towards God’s will for your life? Are you trusting him as you walk on the uneven water?
The second thing I get from this story is that when Peter walked amongst the waves and the wind, for a split second, he lost sight of Jesus. He lost sight of the one who was keeping him above the waves, and that is the moment he started sinking. But as soon as Jesus came back into Peter’s vision, Peter was lifted to the place of calm and security again. Are you keeping your eyes on Jesus? Are you keeping your gaze above the waves? If this is true in your life, then your persective should be shifted. You are no longer focused on the scary-intimidating-unknown around you, but you are focused on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ.
“Oceans” reminds us to keep our eyes focused on Jesus and relates this story to our life of faith. It speaks of how God calls us into “great unknowns” that stretch our faith and display how His “grace abounds.” It gives encouragement for situations that are beyond us with a reminder, “You’ve never failed and You won’t start now.” The bridge of the song sums everything up with a prayer that we would not have any limits to our trust in Jesus, that we would follow Him beyond what we think is possible and further than we could ever go on our own, and ends with a declaration that this kind of faith comes from being in His presence. Put yourself in Peter’s situation… ask yourself some hard questions… and take a listen to this song…
*devotional excerpts by Ashley Beckford – ashleybeckford.wordpress.com and David Haasis – christianfellowship.com/new-song-blog