Reuben Morgan is our culprit this time. The song is “You Said”
This song is built on a number of “You said” statements that take a portion of scripture as a promise. The verses aren’t too bad, but the chorus is abominable.
You said, “Ask and I’ll give the nations to you.”
O Lord, that’s the cry of my heart.
Distant shores and the islands will see
Your light as it rises on us.
The first line comes from Psalm 2:8
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
The problem is there is virtually no sound biblical interpretation that makes this a promise to Christian believers. In context, the psalm addresses the royal Davidic king. It’s almost certainly a messianic psalm, and its promise here is the promise of God the Father to the Messianic King, Jesus. So in what sense can this be the cry of our heart? We might, I suppose, pray that God will deliver the nations to Jesus’ reign and authority, but that is not quite the same thing. It gets worse, because the Tag and Ending of the song repeats:
“O Lord, I ask for the nations”
This is a prayer that is simply an illegitimate transferal from what is promised to Jesus to ourselves. I can’t sing this song in a congregation, it’s too wrong. Reuben Morgan, learn to read the Bible.