Music Monday: “Thank God I Do.” By Lauren Daigle
by: Debbie Waltz
Happy Monday everyone.. Before I begin my usual “Music Monday” spiel, I would be remiss not to recognize another anniversary of the September 11th World Trade Center bombing. As tragic as this event was, I believe our country became stronger despite it. While they probably hoped it would separate us in our grief, it helped unite us as a country. We began not only to see ourselves as individuals but as a community.
Romans 8:28 is one of the most popular verses to use this theme of turning life’s unexpected circumstances into something positive, but it’s not the only one. In Genesis 50:20, we see our first foreshadowing of Jesus’ redemptive plan in the life of Joseph. Joseph has seen his share of difficulties from being sold into slavery by his brothers, falsely accused of rape, and imprisoned. When things turn positively and Joseph correctly interprets the Pharaoh’s dream, he is finally released from prison and put in charge of food storage. After Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, he doesn’t blame them and dole out punishment. Instead, he recognizes God allowed this to happen for a purpose. Genesis 50:20 says: “What Satan meant for evil, God turned to good.”
These passages also reveal a lot about God’s character and his compassionate love towards creation. God loves us so much that he doesn’t want to spend eternity without us, he realizes we can’t atone for our sins on our own. So he sends Jesus. (John 3:16).
I have heard conflicting stories about Lauren Diagle’s music career; some say she has strayed away from her faith. Who are we to judge? She is doing what God is leading her and not allowing The World to influence her.. God knows her heart and is her judge. Not me. Her music still manages to minister to my heart; these days, I realize God uses anything he needs to remind us of His Presence in our lives.
This song is very popular on the radio these days. Why? Not only does it speak to the difficulties our world is experiencing, but it also tackles the question of our identity.
Do we find purpose and value in our jobs? Yes
In our families?? Of course.
But that’s not our true identity. Our identity should be found hidden in Christ. That’s what I am learning as I continue on my writing journey. Though I have dreams of publishing, my worth ultimately comes from Him. God created me, loves me and that’s enough.
To listen to Lauren’s song, it can be accessed here: