Kasey Musgraves is a country music star not a Christian musician, In fact, she caught a lot of heat because of her 2014 song Straight Arrow which stuck a finger in the eye of Christian values.
You may say, “Why then, Paul, would you want youth to listen to Deeper Wells if Kasey is not a believer?” Well, I didn’t say she wasn’t a believer, I said she’s seeking deeper wells, isn’t that what we all do when we start to approach 30?
I’m not saying Deeper Wells is about faith or Jesus or anything remotely Christian, what I am saying is that our youth will be listening to this song whether we want them to or not, so why not use it way to talk about the Living Water, the deepest well there is, and encourage students to ask deeper questions about their faith.
You can play the song and discuss it with your students or you could just ask your students if they’ve heard the song and discuss the lyrics Here are some questions you can use to get the conversation going.
Recommendation: Don’t use this song with your middle school. Keep it Seniors to Young Adult (19-25)
Theme: Finding Deeper Meaning and Growth in Faith
Song: Deeper Wells by Kasey Musgrave
Say: “Deeper Well” by Kasey Musgrave, is her new song where she talks about personal growth and seeking something more meaningful. Let’s use it as a springboard to explore how we can deepen our faith and relationship with God.
Verse 1 & 2:
- This lyric references the astrological concept of Saturn’s return, often associated with a period of introspection and reevaluation. How do you think turning 27 (or any significant age) might lead someone to seek change or growth? Can the stars predict our future or offer us life advice? Or can only God do that?
- This line speaks to discerning positive and negative influences in our lives. How can we identify people who support our faith journey and those who might hinder it? How should we handle those who hinder our faith? What does the Bible say?
- This reflects the importance of letting go of things that don’t serve us. How can we apply this to our faith lives? What might we need to let go of to grow deeper in our relationship with God?
- This is the central theme – seeking something more profound. What have you noticed in your own life that isn’t working any more and is driving you to dig deeper into your God given purpose?
- This verse depicts unhealthy habits. What are some things that might distract us from deepening our faith?
- Sometimes we fall into patterns without realizing it. How can we become more aware of our choices and their impact on our faith journey?
- This verse acknowledges that sometimes we grow out of our current understanding. How can we stay open to learning and growth in our faith, even if it challenges our previous beliefs?
- Proverbs 18:15: “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.”
- John 7:38: “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
- Matthew 6:6: “But when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
- Jeremiah 29:13: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
- I Corinthians 15:33,34 “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.”
- John 4:10 “Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
- Revelation 21:6 “And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.”
- What resonated with you most from the song and the Bible verses?
- How can we apply the ideas of “deeper well” and discernment to our faith lives?
- What practical steps can we take to grow in our faith journey?
Remember, seeking a deeper well is an ongoing process. Just like the song, it might involve letting go of some things, embracing change, and actively seeking new sources of meaning and growth.
Let’s support each other on our journeys and keep exploring what it means to have a deeper faith.
Possible Worship Songs
- Deep Cries Out
- Deeper in Love (Don Moen)
- I Christ Alone (Kristian Stanfill)
- This Bible study is just a suggestion, feel free to adapt it to your specific group and needs.
- Encourage open and respectful discussion, acknowledging diverse perspectives.
- You can also incorporate music, art, or other creative activities related to the theme.
The Bottom Line
Everyone deserves to grow up. Think about your 20’s. What did you believe then but don’t believe now? Kasey is still young and, I believe, having heard it all her life, knows what the truth is. Instead of judging, let’s pray for her and her journey and that she finds the Deepest Well and it changes everything.