This song speaks of most everything that’s wrong with much of modern “Praise” music. This simple song tells of the danger of conceiving of a man-centered God of our own making. Please don’t misunderstand me and fight to not be offending by my taking on the well-intentioned work of Misty Edwards and her song “Favorite One”. I have nothing personal against her. I don’t pretend to be better than her or anyone else. I wish her no ill-will and I pray that she is a genuine believer in the Lord Jesus Christ as her only hope for eternal life.
Here are the lyrics:
Jesus, Here I am Your favorite one
What are You thinking
What are You feeling I have to know
Cause I am after Your heart
I'm after Your heart
I'm after You
By Misty Edwards
Here is a YouTube video where you can hear the song
What else can we expect? When the scriptures cease to become central to corporate worship and when emotionalism (the belief that emotions are the means and the end to worship or what the puritans referred to as “will-worship”) is primary the by-product are songs like this. This line “I am Your favorite one” is a bold, brazen mantra of man-centeredness. I wish she would have said “here I am your favored one” because we are all given unmerited favor if we have experienced the new birth—or even if we haven’t with the common graces that the Good Father bestows upon all men.
Would you go to even your earthly parents and seriously refer to yourself as “the favorite”? Where in the scriptures can we find such arrogance? How this flies in the face of James, the earthly half-brother of Christ who refers to himself as a bond-slave of Christ (James 1:1). There is only one favorite that God has and that is Christ Himself! I have a really hard time believing that this song would be inspired by scripture when scripture is so God-centered.
What else could be less corporate? These lyrics speak of nothing else but a shutting out of the rest of the congregation and having a private “worship experience”. Have I ever prayed similar things (like “I’m after Your heart”) in my own private prayer time? Probably. (If I have ever thought of myself as God’s favorite I should call it sin and repent!) However, the syntax of the lyrics point to a congregant forgetting the rest of his church family. These lyrics actually pit one congregant against another. I would love to see the lyrics changed in the chorus to “we’re after You”. (And better yet—“Jesus here we are You’re favored ones”!)
Is there anything wrong with singing about our pursuit of God? Absolutely not. Otherwise the scriptures are wrong. On the other hand, I believe to have proper biblical balance, our songs should much more speak of God’s pursuit of us—as do the scriptures.
What else could God tell us that He’s thinking and feeling? This song is the theme song to the primacy of mysticism over literalism. It is the exaltation of “impressions” and “promptings” over the revelation of scripture. Now, remember, you’re reading the writings of a charismatic! However, any lyric or idea that seems to imply that what God has told us through His word is not enough is dangerous at best and heretical at worst.
Please don’t throw stones at my saying such a thing. I’m merely suggesting that thundering what God has already said is much healthier and much more biblically accurate than singing about needing additional revelation and guidance. Like the great old hymn says “What more can He say that to you He has said?” If the song-writer is meaning to say that we are needing the Holy Spirit’s help to have the scriptures rightly revealed to us in a greater way–especially in application, then that’s a different story. However, I’m somewhat skeptical to the notion that Edwards is meaning just that.
Listen, none of us is perfect. We have all led, sung, and written songs that aren’t the most biblically accurate. We’re all on a pilgrimage—I get that. But, Brother Music Minister, please put more effort into looking deeply into song lyrics before you provide a song to your congregation.