That’s Not All “You Say” !

If you haven’t heard the song all the relevant churches are singing right now, here’s Lauren Daigle’s “You Say:”

That’s nice, isn’t it?
“You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe… What You say of me…”
We like to sing songs about the nice things God says to people, and that’s great. 
The only problem is, I’m worried some folks sitting in church might feel left out.   
First of all, there are those of us who don’t struggle with the “sin” of feeling like we don’t measure up.  (That used to be called “humility.”)
Some of us struggle with something the Bible actually talks about: pride.   And, so we feel weird singing, “I keep fighting voices in my head saying I’m not enough,” because–well–that’s not true.   
I’m pretty darn pleased with myself most of the time. And God has some things to say about THAT.
Maybe it’s awkward to think about it, but not EVERYTHING God says to humans is quite so sweet and encouraging as Lauren Daigle’s song. 
The Bible talks about Wolves in Sheeps Clothing and Pharisees and Goats, all of whom presumably sit in our churches every Sunday, singing right along with us… but the current lyrics to “You Say” don’t apply nicely to them.
So I thought I’d help out by adding another verse.
Here are some addition lyrics, incorporating a few of The Father’s less popular “sayings.” (Scripture references included in parenthesis.)
“You say depart from me, although I didn’t know you were thirsty.” (Matt 25:41)
“You say the gate is narrow, even when I think you’re kidding.” (Matt 7:13)
“You say beware of false teaching, but I hope songs don’t apply.” (Matt 16:6)
“When I turn you into a Teddy Bear–oh–you say Fear God.” (Matt. 10:28)

And I believe what you say!…

Okay, I realize perhaps the rhythm needs some work.
But, I’m open to working with a more gifted musician to improve this chorus, because I’m sure it’s going to be a hit!
Hundreds of thousands of people are singing about the things God says every week, and I think it’s worth at least mentioning some of HIS OTHER, less catchy quotes.
Go ahead and leave your general comments below, and/or let me know if you’re interested in buying the copyright to this.

9 thoughts on “That’s Not All “You Say” !

  1. BbBennett

    Isaac Watts came to mind:

    When I survey the wondrous cross
    On which the Prince of glory died,
    My richest gain I count but loss,
    And pour contempt on all my pride.

    Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
    Save in the death of Christ my God!
    All the vain things that charm me most,
    I sacrifice them to His blood.

    See from His head, His hands, His feet,
    Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
    Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
    Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

    [His dying crimson, like a robe,
    Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
    Then I am dead to all the globe,
    And all the globe is dead to me.]

    Were the whole realm of nature mine,
    That were a present far too small;
    Love so amazing, so divine,
    Demands my soul, my life, my all.

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  2. Gene

    Also, dancing around your well-furnished, large home in a tiny t-shirt and singing into a camera isn’t really my idea of what God would say to do…I’m just sayin! Lol


      1. Gene

        “You say it is not good for man to be alone, so I try to avoid loneliness by showing myself off, but what I really need is for You to clothe me “ Genesis 2:18, Song of Songs 6:3

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