You Say

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6, New International Version

 

This song started with the story of Joshua, and the power of words. Joshua is a story that I've always connected to, and it's a story of great courage. This is the verse that we remember in particular - Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or discouraged. For I am with you, and will never leave you nor forsake you. And that's a verse that is very much woven through this song - understanding that challenge of feeling afraid, but being courageous. Because it's about what you do, not how you feel. 

The other thing is the power of words. I've always been interested in the power and meaning of words and names and such; and one day I decided to write my own language. As you do. But one of the first things I puzzled over was what the name of the language would mean. Eventually, I came up with this - the words of life and love. Because that's what I wanted to speak, and that's what I believe God speaks over us. 

As I mentioned before, this album is actually part of a four album cycle, focussed on exploring identity. The identity of God, but through that, our own identity as well. And I came up with four key ideas, that I found throughout the Bible, which God said that he was. Not things he said he was like, when he compared himself to a Shepherd or a Rock; but actually was. God is life. God is love. God is light. And God is truth. Life, love, light, and truth. And I believe that at the intersection of these four ideas, we will come to a deeper understanding of the crux of God's identity, and our own. 


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I am weak and afraid
You say be strong and courageous
But how?
I am scared and frightened
You say do not be afraid or discouraged
But how?

You say that
You will never leave me, nor forsake me
You will give me strength
You will always be there to love me, hold me and guide me
And I know you speak the truth
Cause your words
Are the words of life and love

I am lost and broken
You say you will pick me up
But how?
I am obsessed and addicted
You say enjoy you more
But how?

You say that
You will never leave me, nor forsake me
You will give me strength
You will always be there to love me, hold me and guide me
And I know you speak the truth
Cause your words
Are the words of life and love

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I am a sinner
You say that you love me
But how?
I am not worthy
You say that you trust me
But how?
I am all alone
You say that you see me
But how?

You say that
You will never leave me, nor forsake me
You will give me strength
You will always be there to love me, hold me and guide me
And I know you speak the truth
Cause your words
Are the words of life and love

And you are life
Given freely for me
And you are love
You died on the cross for me
And you are light
You light the path for my feet
And you are truth
The truth that sets me free

You say that
You will never leave me, nor forsake me
You will give me strength
You will always be there to love me, hold me and guide me
And I know you speak the truth
Cause your words
They are the words of life and
You will never leave me, nor forsake me
You will give me strength
You will always be there to love me, hold me and guide me
And I know this is the truth
Cause these words
Are the words of life and love