Welcome to the next post of this blog exploring various worship songs. Today we look at the song Who You Say I Am. You can find the video here
This is the most recent song we have looked at so far in this blog. Released just last year, this song has quickly become one of my favourite worship songs. For some people, there may be an over-emphasis on ‘self’ within this song and perhaps not so much on ‘God’. But I actually think this song is Biblically and theologically sound, and glorifies God as well as edifies believers. Let’s consider some of the lyrics:
‘Who am I that the highest King would welcome me’ – this is a very fair question. Why should the highest King ever welcome someone like me?
‘I was lost but He brought me in’ – this is a Biblically based statement. In Luke 15, (link here) Jesus tells three parables – The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin and The Prodigal Son. They each tell of something being lost and now found. In fact, in the Parable of the Prodigal Son, the son who was lost was welcomed back by the father.
‘Who the Son sets free oh is free indeed’ – This is based on John 8:36. Let’s be clear here – we are not set free because of our own merit; we are set free because of God’s love and forgiveness towards us.
‘I’m a child of God, yes I am’ – it is an incredible privilege to be able to call the creator of the heavens and earth ‘Father.’
‘While I was a slave to sin, Jesus died for me’ – again, this is Biblically true, and reminds us of that incredible price Christ paid for us on the cross. He died a painful and brutal death because of his love for us. Romans 5:8 tells us that ‘while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.’
‘In my Father’s house, there’s a place for me’ – based on the beginning of John 14 where Jesus tells the disciples that he was going to prepare a place for them in his Father’s house. What an incredible promise this is! We can cling to the hope of knowing that there is a place within our Heavenly Father’s house and we are most welcome.
‘I am who You say I am’ – This is a really powerful declaration. This world often tells us things about who we are that may be slanderous, untrue and hurtful. But we should not be seeking to find our identity in the world. Our identity is in Christ. We are who HE says we are!