Who You Say I am – Hillsong Worship

Who You say I am by Hillsong Worship is a song of grace, adoption, and belonging.  The song echoes hallmarks of the Christian faith: salvation by grace, our adoption into God’s family as His children, freedom in Christ, the truth that God is for His people, and that we truly learn who we are in Him.  Ultimately the song asserts the supremacy of God’s voice concerning our redeemed identity.

Lyrics

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

Who the Son sets free oh is free indeed
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

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

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

Words and Music by Ben Fielding & Reuben Morgan
© 2017 Hillsong Music Publishing
CCLI: 7102401

Exploration

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

References:

  • Who is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him? (Psa 8:4; Psa 144:3)
  • “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house that You have brought me this far?” David’s prayer of thanksgiving in response to Gods blessings (2 Sam 7:18-19)
  • The parable of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal (lost) son. There is rejoicing in Heaven when one sinner repents, when the lost are found, when the dead live. Luk 15:3-32
  • For the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost (Luk 19:10)
  • We who were formerly far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ (Eph 2:13)

The opening verse begins with a rhetorical question asking who are we that the God of the universe, the highest King, would lovingly welcome us in.  The verse presents the marvel that while being lost He brings us near to Himself purely because of His gracious love for us.

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

References:

  • If the Son sets you free (from slavery to sin), you will be free indeed (Jhn 8:36)
  • We have not received a spirit of slavery but a spirit of adoption, we are led by the Spirit and are children of God. We are heirs with Christ if indeed we suffer with Him we will be glorified with Him (Rom 8:14-17)
  • See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 Jhn 3:1)
  • Those who receive Jesus are given the right to become children of God (Jhn 1:12)

The chorus opens with a foundational truth of Christianity which asserts that whomever the Son (Jesus) sets free is free indeed and then goes on to answer the question posed in the first verse.  God welcomes us in because through Jesus we become His children, we become fellow heirs with Christ. We are not strangers, we are family.

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

References:

  • The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death (Rom 8:2)
  • For freedom Christ set us free so don’t be subject to slavery again (Gal 5:1)
  • Jesus gave His life as a ransom for the many (Mat 20:28, Mar 10:45, 1 Ti 2:6)
  • His grace is sufficient for us, His power is perfected in weakness (2 Cor 12:9)
  • For by grace you have been saved through faith (Eph 2:8)
  • While we were sinners Christ died for us. We are reconciled to God through His death and saved by His life (Rom 5:8; 5:6-11)

The second verse speaks of the freedom we receive through the ransom paid by Christ. The verse speaks of the depth of the God’s grace for us, enabling us to be saved by His grace through faith in Jesus.  While we were separated from God, enslaved to sin, Jesus reconciled us to God and saved us through His death and resurrection.

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

References:

  • (See chorus one)
  • Jesus states that in His Father’s house there are many rooms and that He was going before us to prepare a place for us. He also affirms that He will come again to receive us to Himself. (Jhn 14:1-4)

The second chorus builds on the first reiterating themes of freedom and our adoption as children of God but also extends to our future destination, our eternal dwelling in our Father’s house with Jesus.

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

References:

  • God chose us in Him (Christ) before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4)
  • The Lord goes before you and is with you, He will not fail or forsake you (Deu 31:8)
  • If God is for us then who can be against us? (Rom 8:31)
  • God causes all things to work together for good of those who love Him. He foreknew us and predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son. He has called us, justified us, and glorified us. (Rom 8:28-30)

The bridge asserts our identity in Christ and counters common lies.  We are chosen of God and not forsaken.  God is for us and not against us.  We are defined solely by what God says about us, and His word very clearly says that we are His children adopted into His family not on the basis of works but by grace through faith in the all sufficient death and resurrection of Jesus.

Summary

Who You say I am by Hillsong Worship is a song that marvels at the grace of God.  It explores the amazing truth that while we were still sinners Jesus died and rose again for us, that the work of reconciliation was completed by God for us out of His grace and His love for the lost.  The song also brings into focus the truth that not only are we reconciled and made right with God, not only are we freed from sin, but He also brings us into His family and calls us His children.  Ultimately the song is a declaration that we are saved by grace, that we are children of God, and that He has a place for us, that we are chosen and belong with Him.  The song boldly contrasts the truth of scripture with a common worldview which would suggest we have no purpose or place in life other than what we define ourselves.  Who You say I am very clearly emphasizes our place and importance to God as His children.

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