You Said “Ask And I’ll Give the Nations to You”

At church today we sang this song called, “You Said.” Well, I didn’t really sing it, because I was thrown off by the lyrics. Here’s how the chorus went:

“You said, “Ask and I’ll give the nations to you”

Oh, Lord, that’s the cry of my heart

Distant shores and the islands will see

Your light, as it rises on us”

I’m sitting there thinking, are we as a church praying that God gives us the nations? If so, what nations? America? Russia? Red Sox nation? Just one or all of them? I was not aware God just gave away nations like that. This is like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but instead of chocolate it’s nations!

Anyways, I’m driving home with my wife, and I’m like, “Honey, what does that even mean ‘Ask and I’ll give the nations to you?'”

And she’s like, “I don’t know but I didn’t sing it. It sounds too multicultural.”

See how great my wife is? She doesn’t fall for any of that multicultural nonsense. She’s carefully selected by God for me. (Bible, Proverbs 18:22)

So I was like, “Honey, it’s probly some misquoted verse where David is hiding in a cave praying that God smites all the nations rising up against Israel. What else can you expect from ignorant liberals except irony?”

Sure enough as soon as I got home I scanned the Bible and what can I say except, I predicted this! (Bible, Psalm 2, NKJV, emphasis mine):

Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them in His deep displeasure:
“Yet I have set My King
On My holy hill of Zion.”

“I will declare the decree:
The Lord has said to Me,
‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
Ask of Me, and I will give You
The nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’

Now therefore, be wise, O kings;
Be instructed, you judges of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear,
And rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest He be angry,
And you perish in the way,
When His wrath is kindled but a little.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.

In this passage God tells the Messiah to ask for the nations because he wants to destroy them!

Some people right now are like, “Jimmy are you one of those Bible pedants who’s going to make a big stink about this song so that we can’t sing it anymore?”

Uh, no. Let’s keep singing this song. But let’s be true to God’s word. When we sing, “You Said,” by Hillsong, let’s meditate in our heart on Jesus returning and destroying the unrepentant nations! Let’s visualize the everlasting fire engulfing Jesus’s enemies. Let’s pray that our nation doesn’t make Jesus angry.

Last week I was chided for my article, “Why Does Anyone Need an Assault Rifle?” In it, I show how the Second Amendment jives with the Gospel message. But some Facebook friends warned me to not take the Bible out of context. Okay. How many people who sing this song think “I’ll give the nations to you” is some happy rainbow magic multiculturalism? No, Psalm 2 proves my point. Jesus is not a pacifist!

Destroy the nations who rise against you, Jesus! That’s the cry of my heart!

Like on Facebook. This week I plan to drop an article on how the NRA preaches the Gospel. You don’t want to miss it.


  1. razsan says:

    The song is about spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth and showing the Glory of God to all. I’d be more concerned that you’re okay with insinuating that God wants to destroy everything yet get bent out of shape with lyrics that try further God’s kingdom.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I’m trying to reconcile your comments with the Messiah instructing his followers to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20). Revelation tells us people from every tribe and tongue and nation will be in his kingdom (7:9-10). Shouldn’t we be asking God to open doors to the nations – to share his light and love?

    • Thanks for reading my post and commenting!

      Yes, we should share the good news with everyone.

      But we don’t inherit the nations. Jesus does. And he summarily destroys them for rising up against him.

      That’s the gist of psalm 2 which Hillsong misquotes.

      Furthermore, the multitude from every tribe and nations is quoted as follows:

      “They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”” – Revelation 6:10

      So what I’m saying is consider the goodness and severity of God.

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