Things we shout from mountain tops Every secret, silent thought Even when we think it's not It's all within His hearing Highs and lows and in-betweens Watersheds and old routines There's no hidden fear or dream That He does not see clearly Everything we do for love All the times we lack thereof Whether we rise above or fall...it's all
Under the knowing Under the loving All things are always Under the gaze...Under the gaze of God
Sunday morning holiness Weary weekday restlessness Days we walk in righteousness Days we try to fake it He who made the earth and sky Keeps it under watchful eye Never once does He divide Secular and sacred Every atom bears His mark Like every inch of who we are And every beat of every heart remains in place
Under the knowing...
Every hair is measured Every prayer is treasured
And though we try to hide from sight All there is that isn't right Still He calls us to the light Shining all around us And though we run time after time And lose all hope and lose our minds The moment we turn back we find That He's already found us 'Cause never does He fall asleep Never does He fail to keep His arms around you and me and so we know...
We're under the knowing...
C 2004 Carolyn Arends Music (SOCAN)
About the Song
One of the enduring themes of my songs over the years has been that everything is sacred, because there is nothing the God of the universe does not involve and encode Himself in. He sees when a sparrow falls. He knows the number of hairs on your head, and my head. The Psalmist tells us He watches our comings and goings, both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121:8)
I suppose all that watching could feel vaguely threatening, if it weren't for the enormous love of God for us, revealed in His son Jesus. In the light of that love, what could be more comforting than knowing that we have a Heavenly Father who never sleeps, who never takes his eyes off of us, his beloved children?
I chose "Under the Gaze" as the title of this album because I wanted to affirm the fact that everything I could ever chose to sing about - be it my marriage or kids, friends loved or lost, the hope of Glory or the grind of the day-to-day - is all subject to God's watchful care and involvement. I guess it's also worth mentioning that the way we choose to live out all that stuff is our offering to Him.