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Uncharted Territory - Don Moen - Lyrics

Uncharted Territory is a song that came to me when I needed it most, this morning!

I find myself in uncharted territory, Never felt so lost, Never felt so lonely
Where are You Lord? … How can I sing the Lord’s song, in a foreign land?

You may think the “foreign land” I feel so lost in, is the Philippines, the country I live in, away from the country of my birth … but actually I am talking about the Earth.  My citizenship is in Heaven and therefore, anyplace on Earth is really a foreign land to me.

When I first heard this song this morning, I was contemplating a move to a new place, a new city, on a different island.  I am unsure how to do this, really, I am in Uncharted TerritoryWhere are you Lord?  What is your plan for me God?

 

Teach me how to sing Your song
Your song
Gonna sing Your song!

 

Uncharted Territory – Don Moen – Music

1st track on Don Moen’s album “Uncharted Territory!”

 

Uncharted Territory – Lyrics – Don Moen

I find myself in uncharted territory
Never felt so lost
Never felt so lonely
Where are You Lord?

I’m so afraid
I can feel the fear inside me
Can’t control the chaos all around me
Where are You Lord?

How can I sing the Lord’s song, in a foreign land?

(But) How can I forget
All You’ve done for me
Everything You’ve done Lord
Just to set me free
Teach me how to pray
Teach me how to praise
Even in the darkness
Teach me how to sing Your song

How can I sing
When my heart is broken
When every prayer is just a token
Where are You Lord?

Sometimes our pain can tell a tragic story
Still I will praise You
And give You glory
Where are You Lord?

Help me to sing the Lord’s song, in this foreign land!

(But) How can I forget
All You’ve done for me
Everything You’ve done Lord
Just to set me free
Teach me how to pray
Teach me how to praise
Even in the darkness
Teach me how to sing Your song
Your song
Gonna sing Your song!

(But) How can I forget
All You’ve done for me
You have been so faithful
Meeting every need
Teach me how to pray
Teach me how to praise
Even in the darkness
Teach me how to sing Your song
Your song
Gonna sing Your song!

Please Correct Me!

 

Uncharted Territory – Lyrics

Written By: Don Moen

 

Behind The Song: Uncharted Territory

When I started writing for my new project, I was afraid to dig down inside and write about how I really felt. It seemed too dangerous and yet I decided I had to take that risk. I tried writing the words that I was afraid to share with anyone… “I find myself in uncharted territory. Never felt so lost, never felt so lonely. Where are you Lord?”

Verse two starts with this question: “How can I sing when my heart is broken…when every prayer is just a token…where are You Lord?”

I was afraid of what people would say if I included these lyrics in one of my songs.  But the more I wrote, the more I felt I was writing something for everyone who had walked, or is walking through uncharted territory, and is trying to find a way to sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land (Psalm 137).  Thus, it became the title track.

Don Moen

 

Several years ago I wrote a song called “I Will Sing,” which contained a very vulnerable and honest lyric… ”Lord you seem so far away, a million miles or more it seems today.  And though I haven’t lost my faith, I must confess right now that it’s hard for me to pray.”  After writing that, I determined there was no way I could ever release this song.  People wouldn’t understand why I was questioning God.  Where was my faith?  As it turned out, I not only recorded the song, but it became the title track of one of my CD’s, “I Will Sing”.  Many people still write to me, letting me know how much they appreciated me being honest and vulnerable in this song, giving them the words to express what they were feeling.  As it turned out, I wasn’t the only one with questions!

Then, in the spring of this year I had to start writing for a new album.  I was afraid to dig down inside and write about how I really felt.  I was going through another episode of uncharted territory in my life.  Some of the same feelings I had when I wrote “I Will Sing” welled up in my spirit.  But, I decided I had to take a risk and write what I sincerely felt even though it seemed really dangerous for me.

I was in Vietnam leading worship for a Luis Palau Crusade and had some time during the day to write, so I took the opportunity to start writing for my new project.  As a spiritual exercise, I tried writing the words that I was afraid to share with anyone…. ”I find myself in uncharted territory.  Never felt so lost, never felt so lonely.  Where are You Lord?” Verse two starts with this question.  “How can I sing when my heart is broken … when every prayer is just a token … where are You Lord?”  I remember thinking that I would never dare include these lyrics in one of my songs.

I was afraid of what people would say.  “What’s with Don Moen?”  “He’s got some real issues!”  “Where’s his faith?”  But, the more I wrote, the more I felt I was writing something for everyone that had walked, or is walking through uncharted territory, perhaps triggered by the loss of a job, a family crisis, divorce, sickness, or the death of a loved one, and trying to find a way to sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land (Psalm 137).  Not only did I decide to record this song, it became the title track, “Uncharted Territory” and describes my journey over the past few years so well.

Don Moen

Sources:

  1. youtube.com
  2. donmoenandfriends.org

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