Listen To This Next Time You Doubt Why You’re Working On The Hill (Or Anywhere Else)

It’s when you are down that it’s most important to know you aren’t in charge of your life, He is

Something awesome happened earlier this week at the Billboard Awards when evangelical Christian cross-over artist Lauren Daigle performed her hit, “You Say,” before an audience that clearly loved it.

Screen shot of Lauren Daigle performing “You Say” at the 2019 Billboard Awards.

Not only the audience in the hall but those watching around the world as well, according to the music recognition service Shazam, Will Maule of Faithwire reports.

Following Daigle’s performance, Maule said, “Billboard announced that Daigle’s ‘Christian pop track, which earlier this year crossed over to pop and adult pop radio after a monumental 17-week run atop Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart,’ triggered more Shazam tags ‘than any other performance at the BBMAs.'”

Fully 25 percent of all the Billboard-linked searches were for Daigle and her song, according to Shazam.

If you happen not to be familiar with Daigle or  “You Say,” check out this excerpt from the lyrics:

“You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing, 
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
And You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours.”

And here’s how Daigle described what the song is about during an interview with CCM quoted by Maule:

“This entire song was so every single day. I would get up on stage and remind myself—no, this is the truth, this is the truth, this is the truth. Don’t get buried in confusion. Don’t get buried in waywardness. Just remember to steady the course, steady the course. That’s the story behind ‘You Say.’”

So next time things aren’t going the way you planned, hoped or expected, and you wonder if maybe you made a mistake taking a job on the Hill, or chose the wrong profession in politics and government, or are just plain depressed about things, go find a quiet place, take some deep breaths to relax, then click on this video and  listen.

Bottomline: Turn to Him because God knows you and your deepest needs better than you do.

(Read Romans 8 for further details, especially verses 31-39).

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Author: Mark Tapscott

Follower of Christ, devoted husband of Claudia, doting father and grandfather, conservative lover of liberty, journalist and First Amendment fanatic, former Hill and Reagan aide, vintage Formula Ford racer, Okie by birth/Texan by blood/proud of both, resident of Maryland. Go here: https://hillfaith.blog/about-hillfaith-2/

2 thoughts on “Listen To This Next Time You Doubt Why You’re Working On The Hill (Or Anywhere Else)”

  1. “Something awesome happened earlier this week at the Billboard Awards when evangelical Christian cross-over artist Lauren Daigle performed…”
    That’s a disturbing assertion.
    Background. I haven’t paid any attention to popular “Christian” music for decades now and had never heard her name although I do recall hearing the song a few times in the background. But I don’t pay much attention to secular popular music either. And I’m pretty cynical about modern American “Christian” institutions.
    One mention of the word “God” three quarters of the way through the song, and not in a hook. Given how little song words stick in the minds of listeners of popular music unless they are in a hook or repeated multiple times, much of the audience won’t have a clue the song is a religious song.
    Maybe Ms. Daigle has a history of being very outspoken about her faith in secular settings; Maybe she actually said something at the awards ceremony about God. I don’t know.
    But it would be absurd to look at her *performance* as having any evangelical value. It was a performance: it was designed to draw attention to the performer, not God, and to earn applause for the performer, not God. In fact, attention and applause of performance is the entire point of an awards ceremony. Just as almost all non congregational singing in most church services is.
    So, an attractive singer, singing a well produced, slick pop song that is vaguely “Christian” is embraced by people who are mostly part of the cultural vanguard determined to destroy western culture, traditional morality, and completely neuter Christianity. Sounds like just another step in the secular culture coopting and corrupting the church and something to be mourned at the very least, if not condemned.
    “Never give your heart to this world or any of the things in it. A man can not love the father and the world at the same time. For either he will love one and hate the other or else he will be loyal to one and despise the other. This world and all its passionate desires will one day disappear. But the man who is following God’s will is part of the permanent, and can not die.” I John 2:15-17 NTME

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    1. James, thank you for the thoughtful response. In my humble opinion, it’s clear to all but the most obtuse listener that God is her subject from these lines in Daigle’s lyrics:

      “The only thing that matters now is everything You think of me
      “In You I find my worth, in You I find my identity, (ooh oh)”

      A message that says the measure of how each of us matters is what He thinks of us is an intrinsically evangelical predicate to a discussion of spiritual issues. Reminds me of what Paul told us in 1 Corinthians:

      “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

      Again, I appreciate very much your taking the time to share your thoughts in such a succinct manner.

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