A Christian song? On the Top 40 channel? No way!
Those were the first few thoughts that went through my head when I heard Lauren Daigle’s “You Say” on the hit music station that normally plays only Halsey (but they play a lot of Post Malone, too, and that’s why I listen).
Actually, my first thought upon hearing the song was, “Oh, no, I hate Adele. I’m going back to the rock station.” (I don’t know why I initially thought “You Say” was an Adele song, but that’s beside the point.)
Normally, I can’t listen to singers with soulful voices because I get emotional and start crying, but I was so transfixed by the fact that the Top 40 station was actually playing decent music that I held back the tears and listened. Also, I thought I heard the word “God” in the song.
The singer is praising God, who always lifts her up and makes her feel worthy when no one else does. Her identity is in God rather than anything else. She gives her victories and defeats to God.
Finally, a decent song. Needless to say, it won’t be playing on the radio very long, so let’s enjoy it while we can.
The only downside to the lyrics is that they could be interpreted as supporting the erroneous mindset of many of today’s Christians: “God loves me as I am; therefore, I don’t have to change.” Well, yes. God does love you for who you are because he created your soul and knows you inside and out.
But God may not love some of the things you are doing, because some of those things may drive you away from him. In Catholicism, we do this thing called an “examination of conscience.” Every night, you’re supposed to go back over your day and reflect on what you did that was pleasing to God and what you failed at or could have done better. You’re supposed to thank God for helping you and ask him to help you again the next day.
The idea behind the examination of conscience is that we are always seeking to improve and please God more. We’re not just satisfied with sitting in our same old sins. We want to get to the point where we conquer them.
So I think Lauren Daigle is on the right track with her lyrics. Those who listen just need to remember to balance adoration and thanksgiving with supplication and confession.