Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Wednesday 03 March |
Saint of the Day: St. Katharine Drexel
home iconArt & Culture
line break icon

Called Out Onto the Waters

Hillsong United - published on 12/09/15

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

It’s the song heard ‘round the world’. “Oceans” not only held onto a spot on the Billboard Christian Songs chart for two years, it became the first Christian chart-topper to break into the Billboard Top 100. Taya Smith’s ethereal voice is mesmerizing, but it’s her passion that really carries the song.

The group behind the hit began in 1988 as the worship band for a small church in Sydney. Now with eleven live and four studio albums, they have become a global phenomenon and a household name. They say their purpose is “to passionately seek and worship God,” and it seems they’ve inspired millions of others along the way.

At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”

He said, “Come.”

—Matthew 14:27-29

It’s the song of Peter venturing into troubled waters. The song of missionaries who left everything and everyone they knew, knowing they wouldn’t come back. It’s the Christians in the Middle East. The girl discerning religious life. The guy who goes to school and doesn’t compromise his faith. The agnostic who dares to take a leap of faith.

Spirit, lead me where your trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me.

Like Peter, our feet may fail but Christ will not. I will call upon your name and keep my eyes above the waves. When oceans rise I will rest in your embrace.

The song “Ocean” is from the album Zion.

Libby Reichert

cecilia Album Zion Hillsong United Zion
copyright hillsong united

Tags:
Christian MusicFaith
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
Jacques Fesch
Brother Silas Henderson, SDS
Meet the Death Row prisoner who discovered a ...
2
SEARCHNG PURSE
Cerith Gardiner
12 Things every Catholic woman should have in her purse
3
MADONNA
V. M. Traverso
The 9 oldest images of Mary
4
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
5
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
6
CELEBRITY MARRIAGES
Cerith Gardiner
10 Celebrities whose marriages have stood the test of time
7
Gelsomino Del Guercio
7 Sanctuaries linked by a straight line: The legendary Sword of S...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.