Who You Say I Am (The Good, Bad & Ugly)

By S.C. Shaw

I have decided to start a series of blogs that will look into various worship songs and talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of what we are singing in church. With that being said, I don’t want these blogs to be seen as a high and mighty naysayer giving his opinion. So let me say this, most of these songs we sing and will continue to sing in church. I may change or add things to have a clear conscience about leading them, but not all are “all bad”, but I feel the need to give a voice to the unclear.

First and foremost we must always ask the question:

How does this song help the Word of God dwell richly within in me? And, “Does this song glorify God in Biblical truth?

Who You Say I Am (In Full)

Who am I that the highest King would welcome me?
I was lost but He brought me in, oh His love for me, oh His love for me

(Chorus)

Who the Son sets free
Oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God, yes I am

In my Father’s house,

There’s a place for me
I’m a child of God, yes I am

Free at last, He has ransomed me, His grace runs deep
While I was a slave to sin, Jesus died for me, Yes He died for me

(Chorus)

Bridge:
I am chosen, not forsaken, I am who You say I am, You are for me, not against me, I am who You say I am, I am who you say I am.

(Chorus)

 Who You Say I Am (The Good, Bad & Ugly)

 The Good:

Who am I that the highest King would welcome me?
I was lost but He brought me in, oh His love for me, oh His love for me

(Love love love, these first lines. Amen all around. The Gospel is here. We are nothing before Christ, only deserving of wrath, judgment, and eternal punishment. But those whom God has chosen since before the foundations of the world are free once their hearts are awakened by the Holy Spirit and life in Christ begins.)

(Chorus)

Who the Son sets free, Oh is free indeed
I’m a child of God, yes I am

In my Father’s house, there’s a place for me
I’m a child of God, yes I am

 (This song is truly about election, which I love because we don’t get that in most popular contemporary Christian songs. Some Christians want to fight this fact because it seems difficult to comprehend and seemingly hard to share Christ with non-believers, but that shouldn’t be our theological ploy. We need to be seeking out biblical truth no matter how hard it is to understand or how much it might make us uncomfortable. And speaking from experience, it will get very uncomfortable. I have wrestled with various hard truths for years before I began to grasp it and accept it with worship and adoration to our sovereign, holy, perfect and good God. God has chosen some and not chosen others. That is plain in scripture. There is nowhere in scripture that points to a different conclusion. This is an even bigger reason to praise Christ for His work in your life and a continued life to glorify Him in all we do. This is called being justified and the continued work of being sanctified by the Holy Spirit.)

Free at last, He has ransomed me, His grace runs deep
While I was a slave to sin, Jesus died for me, Yes He died for me

(Free at last! We don’t even know we are captive until we are set free! Once we are free in Christ we see the chains that bound us. Being free isn’t living how you want and doing what you want. In fact, the Bible tells us that doing whatever you want is called being a slave to sin. True freedom is found in living like you should. That is in Christ and learning to be more like Him every day through the power of His Word and te Holy Spirit within you.) I wrote a blog about our lives before Christ called “The Walking Dead”. I dive deeper into this theme.)

(Chorus)

Bridge:
I am chosen, not forsaken, I am who You say I am,

You are for me, not against me, I am who You say I am

(Again, election, chosen and not forsaken. But who does God say we are? This would be a good thing to explain as a song leader in the church. Who does God declare us to be? Those in Christ are, chosen to be His children, we are saints in Christ, we are made to understand the great mysteries of this life and the next. We are loved and are the righteousness of Christ. This is just the start. But giving Gods people that clarity and reminder would be really helpful before singing this song in a church setting.)

(Chorus)

The Bad:

There’s not much bad to say here except there is no clarity on who is chosen. Not that we know who are the true children of God in any given worship service. But to sing this song with and ignorant assurance of election is dangerous. This is nothing the songwriter is responsible for. This is the responsibility of the individual and a faithful Gospel preaching church will help in this. If we are not continually laying out what the life of a true believer looks like than many will head to their eternal pit none the wiser. Read 1 John, and if you don’t feel the sting of conviction, I say that’s a warning sign. Remember, we are never earning our salvation or favor from God in our actions. But the Bible leaves no room for continued life or sin and ignorance to the things of God whilst proclaiming Christ.

The Ugly:

This truth will seem ugly to the unregenerate or the immature Christian. I am not calling anyone names, but speaking through Biblical authority. But no matter how faithful and great men and women of God stress these points, they will always be debated. Even by other faithful and great men and women of God. But let us never stop learning and growing through each other’s love of Christ with all respect as to edify and strengthen one another in the eternal promises of Christ who is our God.

I wanted to do a blog on this song because I didn’t want these blogs to seem as if I am just taking popular contemporary Christian songs and tearing them apart. I really meant for these to be insight into all kinds of songs. Helping others understand powerful truths in faithful Gospel songs only fits to strengthen the believer.

Closing.

Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the Bible, read Gospel-saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the Bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology”, read the 1689 London Baptist confession of faith and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

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