In continuing with the theme of our current sermon series on Psalms: Turning to God in Every Circumstance of Life, our next new song is all about trusting God in situations that are beyond us. The song is called “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” and it is based on the story of Peter walking on water found in Matthew 14:22-33. (Some of it may sound familiar to you as we have already been singing part of the song in our services.)
Besides demonstrating that Jesus was the Son of God, the story of Peter walking on water shows how doubt arises when our eyes start looking at obstacles and difficulties rather than at Jesus. Peter had faith to know that Jesus could help him do the impossible – walk on water. However, Peter begins to notice the wind as he is walking on water and naturally becomes afraid, knowing he’s in an unknown situation beyond his abilities. When Jesus asks why he doubted, He points out that Peter was already doing the impossible. How was the wind going to make it any more impossible? The story reminds us that when we truly realize who we are trusting (the one who commands the wind and the waves), it changes everything.
Similarly, “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.
Be sure check out the Story video for more about the meaning of this song. Also, consider taking some time to read through Matthew 14:22-33 and think about the lyrics of the song. I hope the song encourages you and helps us all fix our eyes on Jesus and learn to trust Him more in every circumstance of life.