Mystery Of Hillsong Hit, ‘Oceans’ Unveiled: Song Was Based On Peter Walking On Water To Jesus

The Oasis Reporters

December 31, 2019

Hillsong performing “OCEANS” live, in Israel.

One amazing fact about great and inspirational songwriting, is the sheer ability to draw from little lines in themes of great mysteries, expanding them and turning the words to relate with life in such enduring constructs that touch the soul of people with faith.

Like the Bible story of Jesus Christ walking on water. This Hillsong hit, “Oceans” is basically built around the story of the apostle Peter who stepped out of the boat to walk on water like he saw Jesus do.

The Hillsong Church started in Australia and from there spread as a Pentecostal movement. Since they started releasing recordings in 1992, they have published and recorded hundreds of songs on over 50 albums, mostly under their own label, Hillsong Music.

Hillsong Worship is an Australian Christian music praise & worship group from Sydney, Australia, where they started making music in 1983, at Hillsong Church. Twelve have charted on the Billboard magazine charts in the US, according to Wikipedia
Members: Darlene Zschech, Brooke Fraser, Marty Sampson, Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, more
Awards: GMA Dove Award for Worship Album of the Year, more
Record labels: Hillsong, Integrity Music, Sparrow Records, Sony Music Entertainment

In his Daily Devotions, Pastor Mark Driscoll saw it this way:

And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:28-33)

The story of Jesus walking on water appears in three of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, John). But, only in Matthew do we also learn that Peter also walked on water!

How crazy must that have been to witness? Ever since Peter began to sink, some have criticized him. But, I have yet to see any of his critics repeat his feat. Examining Peter walking on water in response to Jesus’ walking on water”, we learn so much.

Hill song in their great rendition looked beyond the huge theme of the Living Master walking on water to explore the exemplary apostle Peter, requesting to do what the miracle worker did.

Despite a storm that surrounded Peter, he looked to Jesus. The only problem was that he stopped looking at Jesus. The principle is clear: especially when life is a tumultuous storm, look for Jesus and keep looking to Jesus.

When Jesus commanded Peter, he obeyed Him. Jesus told Peter to “come” to Him on the water. Even though it made no sense, Peter did what Jesus said. This is what obedience looks like – doing what Jesus says.

See Peter’s Faith: He took one step to get out of the boat and onto the water. Peter was doing just fine when he was focused on the next step, and got into trouble when he lost sight of his next step.
Faith unleashes the supernatural. Peter did not experience the supernatural power of God that allowed him to walk on water until he trusted as evidenced by his actions.

Fear will sink you. Faith enabled Peter to walk on water. When he had fear, he sank in the water.
Jesus not only saved Peter from hell, but on this occasion Jesus saved Peter from drowning.

A little faith is better than no faith. The Lord Jesus spoke of Peter’s “little faith”. This means that he was capable of even greater sustained faith. But, the guys in the boat apparently had no faith.
You can choose to worry or worship. In an instant, the men went from worrying about their circumstances to worshipping their Christ.

All that is explored in “Oceans” by Hillsong.

The lyrics:

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

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

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

So 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

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 Savior

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 Savior

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 Savior

…Oh, Jesus, you’re my God!
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.

Powerful lyrics out there, as the people of faith step into year 2020, watch and listen to Oceans on YouTube. Hillsong Awake Tour is happening in 2020.

Thanks: Pastor Mark Driscoll
Hillsong

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *