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.
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