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The Essentials: Lauren Daigle
Five must-hear songs you absolutely must add to your playlist
 


AN NRT EXCLUSIVE EDITORIAL, The Essentials: Lauren Daigle
Posted: September 20, 2023 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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After Lauren Daigle's journey on American Idol, the Christian music community was graced with the presence of a GRAMMY Award-winning artist whose star was on the rise. Her introduction to the scene came as she lent her harmonious vocals to the chart-topping hit "Nothing is Wasted" by contemporary artist Jason Gray.
 
From there, Lauren's musical journey took an exciting turn. She unveiled her original Christmas anthem, "Light of The World," followed by the title track of her debut album, "How Can It Be." The hits kept coming with soul-stirring ways like "Come Alive (Dry Bones)," "First," and "Loyal." These songs have all left an indelible mark on listeners, turning into heartfelt Behind-the-Song devotionals.
 
What sets Lauren Daigle apart is her ability to open her heart and soul through her music. Each note she sings is a heartfelt expression of her devotion to the Lord. This is vividly apparent in her recent single, "Thank God I Do." In this poignant track, Lauren delves into the struggles of dealing with our past, navigating through present mistakes, and grappling with anxiety, worry, and the shadows of depression.
 
The beauty of Lauren's songs lies in their universal appeal. Her lyrics resonate with people from all walks of life, offering comfort and solace. Some of her standout tracks that have struck a chord with countless listeners include "Hold On to Me," "Look Up Child," "Rescue," "You Say," "How Can It Be," "First," and "Trust in You." If you're a fan, these top 5 Lauren Daigle songs are essential to your music collection.
 
“Thank God I Do”
 
Many of us struggle with the idea that our past and present mistakes and thoughts of anxiety, worry, and depression define us, yet the Bible tells us that isn't true. “Thank God I Do” expresses what living a God-centered life in a turbulent world means. It’s a daily prayer asking God to come and change our hearts and lives so that our behavior and the way we live flow from God living inside us. 
 
So many people can relate to the song’s comforting message of hope. Breathe it like oxygen, and God's hope will turn whatever you’re going through into something different for His glory. 
 
This song has become my anthem, and I sing along at the top of my lungs to the sincere and passionate lyrics of submission: “You’re my safe place/My hide away/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.”  
 

“You Say”
 
“You Say” is a biblically inspired, empowering song about finding our identity in Christ and what He says about us. Lauren creatively phrases biblical truth with the lyrics, “You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing/You say I am strong when I think I am weak.”  The vertical prayer “In You I find my worth, I find my identity” beautifully leads to the affirmation, “I believe what You say of me.”
 
In the music video, I share Lauren’s emotional response to that truth, which is shown when she thinks the lyrics to the bridge in her head, “Taking all I have, now I’m laying it at Your feet, You’ll have every failure God, You’ll have every victory.”
 
 
“How Can It Be”
 
I find immense comfort in the strong lyrics of “How Can It Be." The lyrics are profoundly convicting and filled with biblical truth, bringing tremendous comfort. Lauren’s tender vocals will take you on an emotional journey, giving you goosebumps. 
 
The song's message is the Gospel of Jesus Christ; despite our guilt, we need to know the truth: "I've been hiding, afraid I've let You down, inside I doubt, That You could love me, But in Your eyes there's only grace now."
 
Remember 1 John 2:2 (NKJV): "And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but also for the whole world." This song is truly the Gospel message of grace. 
 
How can you not be moved when you think about how Jesus took our place on the cross? Allow that truth to sink in, and then sing along with Lauren this emotive description of what Jesus does for us as His children: "You plead my cause, You right my wrongs, You break my chains, You overcome." 
 
 
“Trust in You”
 
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 Jesus in every note. The music compels me to worship and profess my own appreciation for the pure love of Jesus. You'll join Lauren as she 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."
 
As followers of Jesus, we know we can trust His Word. We’re all a work in progress. Have faith and let Him "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, King Solomon wrote to remind us about the importance of trusting God with all our hearts. 
 

“Rescue”
 
In the captivating world of Lauren Daigle's music, there is an open invitation to share in the intimate moments of her life with every note she sings. Her song "Rescue" is a shining example of this musical journey.
 
In "Rescue," Lauren's poetic lyricism takes center stage. She doesn't just sing about God; she sings in the person of God, wrapping us in His divine presence. The song's chorus echoes with an assurance of God's unwavering love and devotion: "I will send out an army to find you in the middle of the darkest night; it's true, I will rescue you."
 
With every word and every note, "Rescue" is a surreal experience, a reminder of the unending grace and love that surrounds us, and an invitation to find solace in the arms of a loving savior. 
 

NRT lead contributor Kevin Davis is a long-time Christian music fan and an avid collector. He 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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