BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#692 - "Trust In You" by Lauren Daigle
Lauren Daigle talks about walking through questions and doubt to come to a place of affirming the truths in this song.
 



Christian music fans were first introduced to GMA Dove Award winning artist Lauren Daigle as she sang the gorgeous harmonies on Centricity label mate Jason Gray's hit single "Nothing is Wasted." Then we were treated to her original Christmas song, "Light of The World," her hit title track to her debut album, "How Can it Be," along with "Come Alive (Dry Bones)," "First" and "Loyal," which have all been featured as behind the song devotionals. You can hear Lauren sing at Winter Jam.

Lauren Daigle's debut full-length album How Can it Be was my top worship album of 2015 and was preceded by her worshipful and powerful title track, which has resonated with me since I first heard the song. The song is an excellent depiction of the sacrifice and unmerited grace of our Advocate and Redeemer, and it serves as a gorgeous offering to our Savior Jesus. 

What's especially cool about this album is how Lauren Daigle invites listeners into her life by sharing what's on her heart while worshiping God with every single note. Opening track "First" beautifully sets the tone for this masterpiece with Lauren's signature powerful and emotive singing style. I had the chance to speak with Lauren about "Trust in You."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

In the timing of recording these songs, my grandfather passed away. He had cancer for a while. I was super close to my grandfather, and I lived with him and my grandmother when I was in college. When I moved to Nashville, he was healthy and doing well. Shortly after, he got sick, and in the time I was supposed to record the songs, he passed. 

I had to seek the Lord so much during that time. God showed me a new layer of His character. Because of that, I was able to trust in Him more. There would be times when my grandfather was in immense pain, and I would call upon the Lord. Moment after moment, I begged the Lord to not miss the opportunity to say goodbye to my grandfather, and four days before he passed I went home to be with him. God's faithfulness was shown to us in that whole process.

There was so much transition going on in my life. I was seeking the Lord for clarity. I walked into the song writing session, and I told him what I was going through, and he told me a story about a book he was reading. There was this man who went to help Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and upon his arrival, she asked if there was anything she could do for him. He said, "You can pray for me and pray that I have clarity." She told him no, she wouldn't pray for clarity because that was the last thing he was holding onto. He asked what she meant and was surprised she wouldn't pray for clarity for him. She said "I've never had clarity, I've only had trust." 

That changed everything for me. That's what I was seeking so diligently. I was asking God to show me His will. I wanted God to show me His will, and it was my heart's desire to follow it.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song? 

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV): "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart."

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV): "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight."

Romans 8:28 (VOICE): "We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan."

Romans 11:36 (NKJV): "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen."

What is the takeaway message?

God was teaching me a new level of faith in trusting that He is the Father of His children, and if I step to the right or to the left, He is there with me. Somebody talked with me the other day and said that if God doesn't let me take steps, and forge my path with Him, but fall down and scrape my knees, I'll never learn identity. Whenever we try to do things in our own strength and recognize our incapability, that's when we have to find our identity in Christ. He welcomes us trusting Him and making mistakes in the process. That's what this song is all about. The songs on the album are about trusting God, waiting on Him, about His character and how He's faithful and He's Sovereign.

When my grandfather passed away, we had ultimate faith that he would be healed here on earth, and we proclaimed and declared that over his life that he would be healed. When he passed, we were all at peace. The Lord brought us to a place where we understood that the Lord would heal him, just not on this side of eternity, but in Heaven. His Word still stands secure. 

We had a lot of questions, and things didn't work out the way we hoped. We pleaded with God. In that season I had a lot of questions, and I wondered if my faith wasn't secure enough. I wondered if something inhibited my grandfather's healing process. The Lord walked me through this moment of reminding me, asking if I was going to rely on what I see right now and how my grandfather wasn't healed on earth, or was I going to trust in God and who He is? 

Even when God doesn't move the mountains or things are different than my heart desires, He's still as faithful. Thinking on the trials that Jesus walked through on earth, it's not just us trying to wade the waters in life. We experience the same heartbreaks that Jesus experienced. A lot of times we can feel isolated, but reflecting on how His heart was broken in greater ways than we can imagine, we need to press in and know that Jesus has been there and has experienced the greatest amount of loss. By His steps, it affords us comfort in times of loss.

Lyrics:
Letting go of every single dream
I lay each one down at Your feet
Every moment of my wondering
Never changes what You see

I've tried to win this war I confess
My hands are weary I need Your rest
Mighty Warrior King of the fight
No matter what I face You're by my side

When You don't move the mountains
I'm needing You to move
When You don't part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don't give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust
I will trust in You

Truth is You know what tomorrow brings
There's not a day ahead You have not seen
So in all things be my life and breath
I want what You want Lord and nothing less

When You don't move the mountains
I'm needing You to move
When You don't part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don't give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust
I will trust in You
I will trust in You

You are my strength and comfort
You are my steady hand
You are my firm foundation
The Rock on which I stand
Your ways are always higher
Your plans are always good
There's not a place where I'll go
You've not already stood

When You don't move the mountains
I'm needing You to move
When You don't part the waters
I wish I could walk through
When You don't give the answers
As I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust
I will trust in You
I will trust in You
I will trust in You
I will trust in You


You'll be raising your heart and hands in worship along with this great new song. I hear in Lauren's stellar vocals a sincere yearning for Jesus and thankfulness in her heart for God's mercy and grace. I'm completely convicted by the strong lyrics and find immense comfort in this song filled with biblical truth. One of the reasons I feel so strongly about featuring female artists making faith-based music, like Lauren, is that they are representing a desire for holiness and purity to my three daughters, which is so important. God's love is a pure and unconditional love that the world doesn't know unless you have tasted and seen the goodness and purity of Jesus and His love for us.

As a Christian father, I want my daughters to all know that they are beautiful just the way they are, and they don't need the world's approval or to fall into the trap of the world's definitions of right and wrong. We often feel ashamed and unworthy of God's perfect and loyal love, but that's the point. We aren't worthy, and God still wants all of us and loves us deeply. This entire album is about giving and accepting love. His love is loyal, and He never gives up on us. Commit your heart to Jesus as your first love. Commit to holiness and purity in your life, trust in Jesus, and this song can be your anthem. No matter what you've done, you can be pure in the Lord's sight.

As followers of Jesus, we know that we can trust God's Word. We are all a work in progress. Have faith and let God "work all things together for good." Spend time with God, and let Him redeem and restore you. Although many of us may know Proverbs 3:5-6, Solomon wrote that to us to remind us today about the importance of trusting in God with ALL our hearts. It's great that people are connecting with Lauren's songs, but my prayer is that "Trust in You" reflects a lifestyle for believers that they are living out every day of the week.

The idea of finding our peace, joy and identity in Christ is beautifully captured in "Trust in You." The song is a gorgeous profession of Lauren's sincere desire to lift up Jesus in every song. The song compels me to worship and profess my own appreciation for the pure love of Jesus. You'll join in with Lauren as she profoundly sings, "When You don't give the answers, as I cry out to You, I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You." Amen to that!

Watch Lauren sing the song:
 

 

Header photo credit: Kylie Rebecca Photography


 

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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