Who You Say I Am
“Who You Say I Am” by the Hillsong song writers Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan is an example of a good song penned by this sometimes inconsistent group. This song is very gospel focused and rejoices at the adoption God gives to His chosen children. It also speaks strongly about freedom from sin. All of these concepts coalesce to provide a solid understanding of our identity being found in God’s Word rather than ourselves.
The verses of this song are full of gospel truths. Verse one begins with wonder at the fact that Jesus, the “Highest King” would leave His throne to love and welcome us. This is expanded on in the second verse in which it is explained that Jesus died to set us free from sin. There is an emphasis in the chorus on the fact that we are free (I’m assuming they mean from sin as stated in verse two) and that we are children of God. The bridge carries this idea further by saying “I am chosen, not forsaken.”
Names of God
The names of God used in this song are Highest King, Son, God, Jesus, and Father. These names adequately describe the One True God and glorify the Son and His work of salvation.
A lot of this song describes our freedom from sin experienced here on earth, but the second chorus looks forward to heaven where we will dwell with God in His house.
Theological vs. Doxological
Most of the content of this song is Theological. In the verses and even the chorus we are told truths about our hearts, God’s plan for salvation, Jesus’ earthly ministry, the future hope we have, and our position before God. However, the bridge acts as an opportunity to reflect on theses truths, making this song both Theological and Doxological.
Why did it get this score?
“Who You Say I Am” by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan received a 92% from the “Is it Helpful? Chart.” This high score is earned because of the rich gospel truths stated in this song alongside a clear depiction of God and heavenward glances.
Utilizing it in a Service
Hillsong is very good at creating songs that grow to feel and sound large from simple melodic lines, and this is no exception. By the end of this song the music has grown to a very full point. Because of this, it might be difficult to follow, so I’d suggest making this a closing song to reflect on a package of songs or a message that has emphasized believers’ adoption.