I’m Here To Tell You

“Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”

Isaiah replied, “Here am I. Send me!”

Now what? Isaiah will move among the people to speak on behalf of God.

People commissioned to speak for God — what could be their mindset? That’s the idea behind this song, “I’m Here To Tell You“.

Picture of the only known copy of Isaiah’s business card

The song pokes a little fun at some fake experts the Bible exposes, shows real experts in action, and encourages us to get in the game. Please give it listen, then come back here for more thoughts and next steps.

“Where facts are few, experts are many”

I saw “expert” humorously defined as “a person with more data than judgment”.

At times we are the best person for the job, but we hold back, cowering in the shadow of some “expert” naysayer.

But why listen to them? What if — instead of bowing to such “experts” — we stepped into the light and listened to our job description from God and His opinion of our qualifications to do it? Consider these for starters:

  • For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)
  • Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (II Timothy 4:2)
  • Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. (I Corinthians 4:1)
  • And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. (II Timothy 2:2)
  • And ye shall teach them [God’s precepts] to your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. (Deuteronomy 11:19)
  • But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8)
  • But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (I Peter 3:15)

We get the message! We were built to talk for God.

“Tell me what I want to hear”

Telling someone what they want to hear might make us popular.

Telling someone what they need to hear might make us unwelcome. That’s what most Bible prophets experienced.

This song strings together some records of men who spoke truth to people who needed it but had not exactly asked for it. We look at:

  • Micaiah contradicting Ahab’s four hundred prophets of Baal (I Kings 22 and II Chronicles 18)
  • Jesus contradicting the Sadducees (Matthew 22:29)
  • Peter telling the Jews they had crucified the Messiah (Acts 2)
  • Paul risking his life to teach the resurrection on Mars Hill (Acts 17)
  • Finally, a cameo appearance by the rest of us who want to teach the Word of God we have received to faithful men who shall be able to teach others also. (Lots of verses mentioned above.)

“If YOU can believe…”

I love the boldness of Jesus. When the man asked Jesus if he could heal his son, Jesus turned the question back on the father: “If you can believe…”. This song borrows that boldness by asking the hearer, “Are you tired of messing around? Are you looking for higher ground? Are you ready to hear God’s Word?” If so, “I’m here to tell you”. Boldly speaking the truth in love.

Shameless Self Promotion

We are charged to speak the truth with love. And no one is obligated to listen to us. But it is a mistake to think someone is doing us a favor when they let us teach them God’s Word. We are not ashamed of the gospel. We bring words of life and healing. We lead them to Jesus Christ. We don’t let our lights grow dim because of people who are not interested. We can hang in there. We will meet people who hunger and thirst for righteousness, who ask us a reason of the hope that is in us. Remember, we are here to tell them!

LYRICS: I’m Here To Tell You
song by Dale Reichel

Are you tired of messing around?
Are you looking for higher ground?
Are you ready to hear God’s Word?
I’m here to tell you.

1.) King Jehosaphat went to King Ahab’s door
Ahab took him in and said, “Care to join my war?”
Jehosaphat said, “It’s true I’m just like you,
But shouldn’t we ask the Lord what’s the right thing to do?”

So, Ahab called his prophets, four hundred of them.
He said, “I’d like to go to war. You got any problem?”
The prophets all said, “Go get ’em, O King,
And watch the victory God will bring!”

Jehosaphat was troubled by those words.
He said, “Don’t you have a single prophet of the Lord?”
Ahab said, “Yeh, I do have one,
But I hate him ‘cuz he thinks I’m a son of a gun.”

4.) When they called the prophet they said, “Watch what you say
Don’t make the king mad, don’t ruin his day.”
But Micaiah said, “If you want God’s Word
I’m here to tell you.” [chorus]

Jesus said to the Sadducees, “I think it is odd  
You don’t know the Scriptures or the power of God.
That’s why you’re wrong, but if you want what’s true,
I’m here to tell you.” [chorus]

6.) On Pentecost the Church got its start.
When some heard they’d killed the Savior it tore their hearts.
When they asked, “What shall we do?” Peter said,
“I’m here to tell you.” [chorus]

There were many in the Bible who stood real tall;
Mars Hill got to hear from a man named Paul.
When, for fun, they asked “Hey, Dude, what’s new??”
Paul said, “I’m here to tell you!” [chorus]

8.) Today there are many who still have not heard
Of the goodness of God, and of His wonderful Word.
If you’d like to hear what God’s done for you
I’m here to tell you. [chorus]

[Optional end]
Are you ready to abound?
Are you ready to walk on higher ground?
Are you ready to hear God’s Word?
I’m here to tell you.

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5 Replies to “I’m Here To Tell You”

  1. Juanita Shelton

    Dear Dale,
    Iwould like to subscribe but I have a question. Is this a free subscription? Thank you for your time.You have my email address.
    What a great accomplishment writing, producing, singing all those songs and having all the technical skills to do what you are doing. Congratulations! Juanita ( Shelton)


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