This is the first truly official post on this new site. And if you’re visiting for the first time, I truly welcome you. I’ve been a contributing member and even an administrator of a number of sites using WordPress, both .com as well as hosted sites. I can honestly say this is a challenge for me. Be prepared for more changes (perhaps drastic) as I test different layouts and possibly themes.
So the title of this post is “Oceans”. This just happens to also be the title of the track that has been running on repeat through my head for the last 5-6 weeks. Yes. That says weeks… This song is a pinnacle (my opinion) track of the illustrious career of the Hillsong United group. I’ve grown to love much of their work and it is clear that their efforts reflect the purpose of growing the Kingdom of God.
When their latest album went for pre-order on iTunes, they offered a stream of the entire album. Now this was an untracked stream that began with track one and played straight through. I was immediately struck by this song “Oceans”. I had no idea at the time what it was called, but it was a song that I felt and was moved by. It’s brilliant and deep. It captivates you for almost 9 minutes and leads you exactly where it wants you to go. Listen to the guys from United talk about their work talking to worshiptogether.com
There’s this particular section, the bridge, where the following lyrics are repeated 6 times:
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without border
Let me walk upon the water, wherever you would call me
Take me deeper that my feet could ever wander
Where my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior”
I can’t keep them out of my head for longer than a day. This is how God is moving in me right now. Step in faith — every step — and He will bless my path just as He did when Peter stepped out of the boat (Matthew 14:28-32), or when Joshua was headed across the raging Jordan River into the promised land (Joshua 3:7-17). I’ve needed that message particularly these last few months. He delivered.
It’s a great album overall and I recommend it for even “unchurched” music lovers, particularly if they have a taste for throwback 80s characteristics.