Songs for Sunday: Who You Say I Am

I love this song!

I have to tell you that it’s one of those that makes me want to throw my hands in the air, in praise and thanksgiving, every time I hear it. Yes, I restrain myself if I’m driving.

My oldest son (who is in prison, but part of the worship team there), told me they are learning it too.  Think about that for a minute as you read the lyrics.

VERSE 1:

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

VERSE 2:

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 2:

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

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 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 2:

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

In my Father’s house
There’s a place for me
I’m a child of God
Yes I am

Can you imagine physical prisoners singing about being “free indeed”?  I just pray for all of them that the message takes permanent root in their hearts!

Who You Say I Am was written by Hillsong worship pastors, Ben Fielding, and Reuben Morgan. They have written several worship songs, including Mighty to Save and God Is Able. 

Who You Say I Am is based on John 1:12

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

and John 8:36

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Who You Say I Am was released on the Hillsong Worship album There Is More in 2018

Here is a live video, uploaded to Youtube, by Hillsong Worship.

See you in church!

Connie

Encouragement

There have been many discussions about gifts and ministries within the church. We all know great preachers, Sunday school teachers, elders, deacons, worship leaders, singers and musicians, and we know people who say that they really don’t have anything special to bring to the church. If that’s you, I want you to know that God says you do, and He will always have something for you to do; something only you can do. Ephesians 2:10 says that “we are God’s handiwork, in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”That’s all of us.

However, I want to spend a few minutes talking about someone we all know. If you go to church on a regular basis, you know this person. You will probably know them even if you attend sporadically because they will come looking for you. They have different names, different, genders, different ages, and nationalities, but we can call them all by the same name: Encourager.

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Photo by Nina Strehl on Unsplash

I bet you just thought of someone, didn’t you? That one person who always seems to go out of his or her way to tell you they are glad to see you, or that they appreciate something you did (even if it’s something that seems small and unimportant).

Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas(which means “son of encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet. (Acts 4:36-37)

The man referred to as “Barnabas” throughout the rest of the New Testament, was, in fact, a man named Joseph. Barnabas was a nickname meaning “son of encouragement”. I wonder how he managed to earn that name? What did he do? How did he behave? What else do we know about him?

He was the one who sought Paul out and brought him to the believers in Jerusalem (Acts 9:27). He gave Mark another chance after he had deserted Barnabas and Paul on their first journey (Acts 15:37-40). Perhaps it was that encouragement that turned Mark into someone who Paul would later call useful (Phil 1:11).

I think we would have enjoyed spending time with Barnabas, don’t you?

Here is the thing. When we look in God’s Word, it is full of encouragement for us, so it shouldn’t be that difficult for us all to become encouragers. Yes, I know, some people just seem to be gifted with it, and that’s ok. We want to keep them doing just what they do, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do our part too.

not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another (Heb 10:25)

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Photo by Cytonn Photography on Unsplash

Part of our reason for going to church is to encourage one another, so look around you. Catch a kid doing something right, and tell them about it. Then tell their parents. Tell that elderly person you’re happy to see them. That young single mom may be in serious need of a hug. Do you know who cleans the bathrooms in your church, or who fills the communion trays? Tell them you appreciate what they do. Oh, and don’t forget about the Preacher, and especially the Preacher’s wife.

The point is that everyone needs encouragement at one time or another. You never know. Your words may be just what they need to keep going.

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

Be a Barnabus!

Connie