Lauren Daigle: A Modern Day Psalmist

Lauren Daigle has been a great influence in my life. Her music touches my heart and lifts me out of darkness. Her song Trust in You has been particularly meaningful for me.

I have a tendency to lose hope. I have a million brilliant plans and they never turn out exactly the way I envision they will. When that happens I feel defeated, like God is not with me. But the truth is that God is with me not according to my plans but according to the will of Heaven. Lauren’s song starts with these words:

“Letting go of every single dream. I lay each own down at your feet. Every moment of my wandering, never changes what you see. I tried to win this war I confess. My hands are weary, I need your rest…When you don’t move the mountains I’m needing you to move, when you don’t part the waters I wish I could have walked through, when you don’t give the answers as I cry out to you – I will trust in you.”

Here is the whole song

Her words remind me that the failure of my plans is not the failure of God’s plans. We can often expect God to move mountains and part seas so that we can accomplish great things, and sometimes God does do that – but not for our plans, for God’s.

Humans occupy a strange place in creation. We have great power. We can often move our own mountains and part our own seas. We have built great civilizations and created technology which would be unfathomable to all the generations who came before us (that includes your phone you’re reading this on). Yet, we are merely mortals, we are subject to the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

I think this is what Psalm 8 is talking about when it says that God has created everything, and made humans only a little lower than gods. We have an almost divine way about us, yet we are not truly divine. This creates a sort of cognitive dissonance which can plunge us into the depths of depression when it turns out the shifting winds of fate have different plans for our lives than we do.

The solution which Lauren gives in her song and which David gives in his psalm is to trust in the creator of heaven and earth in all things. And this gives me great comfort when my plans inevitably fall apart. When I am tempted to despair I often turn to the sacred music of the Hebrew people recorded in the psalms but I also turn to the sacred music being made today.

Lauren Daigle is a modern day psalmist and I hope you take the time to listen to the words she sings because they are filled with the Spirit and good for the soul.

I don’t know if you’ll ever read this Lauren, but thank you.

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