As we enter the Easter season, all of us at KAMB hope to encourage you and your families. This week is a special blend of sorrow and joy as we reflect on Jesus’ death and resurrection. Many of us will attend special church services, parties, and other gatherings, but hopefully all of us will remember why we celebrate this holiday no matter our activities. Throughout the next week, keep your dials turned to KAMB to hear great programs and new music like Thank God I Do by Lauren Daigle.
Born and raised in Louisiana, Lauren Daigle was often surrounded by a variety of music in her home. Her mother had a wide interest in various styles, and Daigle’s own interest in music grew when a medical condition kept her home from school for two years. She began taking voice lessons at 15 but didn’t pursue a career in music until later in life. Instead, she pursued a medical career and future participation in missions. Following an extended mission trip to Brazil, Daigle began to pursue music as more than a creative hobby. She participated in the American Idol contest in 2010 and 2012 with varying success both years. Daigle also had opportunities to sing with various local artists in surrounding states and participated in a music workshop. Centricity Music, the host of the workshop, signed her on as an artist in 2013.
Daigle’s first single released in 2013 on a Christmas collaboration album and her debut album, How Can It Be, released in 2015. Almost immediately, Daigle’s popularity skyrocketed throughout the CCM world as listeners flocked to hear her music. The album, particularly the single also named “How Can It Be”, topped Billboard charts and gained many accolades. Since then, Daigle has released another album (Look Up Child) and has received many awards and nominations for her music. Some of her successes include K-Love Awards, Dove Awards, and multiple Grammys. Daigle has also maintained coveted spots on the Billboard charts for weeks—if not months—on end. Her career looks promising, and it will be exciting to see how she grows as an artist and witness to her listeners in the future.
Thank God I Do
In her new song Thank God I Do, Lauren Daigle softly but powerfully sings truths about God’s presence. The song begins with her questioning if anyone will stay after seeing so many people leave. As the verses unfold, Daigle leads her audience through a journey of building a relationship with God. While she begins with loneliness, she follows with discovery of God’s steadfastness, and she ends with security in His presence. All of us have traveled through a season of wandering. Some of us have walked great lengths from the Lord while others have walked only a few steps away. Regardless of the distance or the time spent there, though, Daigle tenderly reminds us that God remains our refuge. Unlike every other relationship, thing, or pursuit in our lives, God stays beside us.
Even better than staying, God walks with and grows us beyond where we’ve started. Throughout her song, Daigle repeats the phrase, “I don’t know where I’d be if I didn’t know You.” How many of us can echo this sentiment? How many of us can look back on all the times when we couldn’t go on any further only to realize God was already moving the whole time? I’m willing to bet there’s been at least one moment for all of us, big or small. The beauty of such evidence is knowing that it all points back to our hope in Jesus Christ. As Daigle makes clear in her song, we would be lost apart from God. Without His intervention, His love, His grace, His presence, we would all still be wandering down lonely roads looking for something to save us. Thank God for Jesus.
Lauren Daigle – Thank God I Do (Official Lyric Video)
I've seen love come and I've seen love walk away So many questions Will anybody stay? It's been a hard year So many nights in tears All of the darkness Tryin' to fight my fears Alone, so long, alone I don't know who I'd be if I didn't know You I'd probably fall off the edge I don't know where I'd go if You ever let go So keep me held in Your hands I've started breathin' The weight is lifted here With You, it's easy My head is finally clear There's nothin' missing When You are by my side I took the long road But now I realizе I'm home, with You, I'm home I don't know who I'd be if I didn't know You I'd probably fall off thе edge I don't know where I'd go if You ever let go So keep me held in Your hands I don't know who I'd be if I didn't know You I'd probably fall of the edge I don't know where I'd go if You ever let go So keep me held in Your hands You're my safe place My hideaway You're my anchor My saving grace You're my constant My steadiness You're my shelter My oxygen I don't know who I'd be if I didn't know You Thank God, I do I don't know who I'd be if I didn't know You I'd probably fall off the edge I don't know where I'd go if You ever let go So keep me held in Your hands I don't know who I'd be if I didn't know You Thank God, I do
As you and your families prepare your hearts and homes for the upcoming celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, remember how close our Lord is. He is personal, He is good, and He is faithful. In Him, we are not only saved but renewed. Because of Him, we no longer walk in darkness but in light, and we can boldly approach each day knowing that He is with us. It doesn’t matter how long your road to Him was, the point is that you know Him now and He isn’t going anywhere.
Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus gives us rest when we bring our burdens to Him.
Psalm 16 There is great joy and security in relationship with God.
(Many of the Psalms beautifully describe the joy of walking with the Lord.)