This past January we were privileged to help with a youth retreat for a supporting church. I managed all of the technical nerdy things and Angela was able to lead worship alongside the youth pastor. One of the amazing things about worshiping in song, for me at least, is being able to reflect on some of the words of the songs. God has gifted the writers and giving them an ability to express their love for Him in such an amazing way. Whether it’s older hymns that are just as powerful and moving today as they were when they were written, or new ones written today.
If you know me at all you know how much music in general is a apart of my life. You know how picky I am about what types of music I listen to, you know how critical I can be at times of certain genres of music. One thing that most of you do not know, when I was in high school, I was a part of a radio show geared towards Christian youth. We did the show every Saturday for three hours, played the current youth-geared music and had devotional segments. The segments that I did every Saturday were always focused around a particular song. I took the song, broke down the lyrics, and applied them to our everyday lives as we walk with Christ. (Doing the best I could since I was only in high school.) I say all that to say this. I believe that music is powerful. It can bring back memories, cause us to dream, influence our mood, and give us way to express to God our praises in ways that we may not necessarily gifted. (sometimes we just don’t know what to say or how to say it) Singing songs of worship to our God is an amazing privilege. We take lyrics of the songs and make them a personal outcry of our souls to our Savior. Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers movie, said it so well “Don’t give me songs, give me something to sing about!” That is what we have in songs of worship, we have more than just a beat, more than words, we have Christ. Christ is what that beat and those words are about.
Back to the youth retreat!
There was one song that we sang that weekend that continually speaks to mine and Angela’s hearts, “Oceans”, by Hillsong United. The lyrics speak so closely to what Angela and I are feeling while we are on our journey towards the field. The first two lines pretty much sum up the challenge that we have:
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
Christ has called us out to the unknown waters of the mission field. He has called you to the same! He has called us out on the waters just as He called Peter, He is calling us. And just like Peter if we take our eyes off of Him our feet will fail and we will sink.
I could go on and on about the rest of the lyrics but I won’t, I will let you listen for yourself. Close your eyes and listen to the lyrics. Look up the lyrics to know what they are saying. Sing along with them if you know the song. Whatever you do, worship our Creator and Savior who has called us out upon the waters!
Thanks for reading, Ross