Theologically Singing: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong


Each Theologically Singing is intended not as criticism, nor as blind faith. Rather, I expect to find God in each of these songs. Additionally, I will not be dealing with “live” versions and such, rather, just the lyrics. 



Verse 1

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

Who can forget that wonderful story of Jesus walking on the water (Matthew 14:13-21), after he had fed 5,000 with only five loaves of bread and two fish (Matthew 14:13-21). In the midst of a storm that “battered” the boat holding Jesus’ disciples, Jesus appears as if “a ghost”, walking on the water. “Have courage!” Jesus called out to the terrified disciples. “It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Peter, the bravest of them, calls out to his Lord in response: “Lord, if it’s You … command me to come to You on the water.” And Jesus called him out, and for a few steps Peter walked on water, just as his Lord did, but then his faith failed him, and he began to sink. Only the saving hand of Jesus pulled him clear of the deep waters of the Sea of Galilee — which, at it’s deepest, is over 40 metres to the sea bottom.

Like Peter, we can stand “in oceans deep” and, with faith in Jesus, we can stand.


Chorus 1

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

When the waves of life crash over us, when “[His] breakers and [His] billows have swept over [us]” (Psalm 42:7), causing a spiritual depression that makes it feel like we’ve already been submerged, when “the water has risen to [our] neck … and there is no footing,” when we “have come into deep waters, and a flood sweeps over” us (Psalm 69:1-2), we must not look to the wind and waves as Peter did (Matthew 14:30), but rather keep our “eyes above the waves” of life and “call upon” Jesus’ name. Only then, “when oceans rise” around us, will our souls find rest — in Jesus’ embrace, in the “everlasting arms” of God (Deuteronomy 33:27).


Verse 2

Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sov’reign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

Even when Paul pleaded with the Lord to take away the thorn in his flesh, “a messenger of Satan to torment [him] so [he] would not exalt [himself]”, the Lord replied simply: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9) It seems that the deeper the waters that seem to threaten us, the more grace God has to offer us. “The Lord will always lead you,” writes the prophet, “satisfy you in a parched land, and strengthen your bones. You will be like a watered garden and like a spring whose waters never run dry.” (Isaiah 58:11)

Our “feet may fail” beneath us, but God “gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless.” We may “stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31) We may become afraid, and fear may surround us, but over and over again, over a hundred times, God’s answer is simple: “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9), “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)



Oh and You are mine oh

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 Saviour

Yeah yeah yeah yeah
Oh Jesus yeah my God

“Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God,” writes the Psalmist. “May Your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground.” (Psalm 143:10) “Make Your Ways known to me, Lord; teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; I wait for you all day long.” (Psalm 25:4-5) We should always be seeking God’s path for our lives, knowing that He will lead us if we just trust in Him. God promised Jacob that he would be with him and watch over him wherever he went. (Genesis 28:15) God gave Joshua “every place where the sole of [his] foot [tread]” (Joshua 1:3), and He has promised us security wherever we walk in His name.

Wherever God may call us (1 Samuel 3), we should know that the waters may be deep and terrifying, but that God has promised He will be with us all of the way. The further we tread with God, the stronger our faith will grow, as we see His promises fulfilled day in, day out.


Chorus 2

I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine

When the waves sweep in around us, and our enemies draw near, “call to God” and know that “the Lord will save” you (Psalm 55:16), for “we are His creation” (Ephesians 2:10) and “our God” is “the great, mighty, and awe-inspiring God who keeps His gracious covenant” (Nehemiah 9:32).