From the album Under The Gaze.

Written by Carolyn Arends.

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…

© 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.

Under the Gaze

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