Conversatio Divina

Part 3 of 7

If You Say So

Stanton Lanier

When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, “Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch.” Simon said, “Master, we’ve been fishing hard all night and haven’t caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I’ ll let out the nets.”

— Luke 5:4-5 (MSG)

01.  Prompt

Surrender to the Lord doesn’t always come easily or in a neat, clean package. Simon Peter’s life is an inspiration, not because he had a perfect track record of bold faith, but because he was longing for spiritual hope and beauty even through his brokenness and imperfection. Can you relate?

As I composed this song, the piano and cello melodies became a conversation expressing the nature of God’s love for us. They are a reflection of two phrases:

As the piano opens with a melody singing “but if you say so, I will,” consider if the Lord is calling you to something. Maybe to surrender something to him. As we’re on the journey to hearing his voice, humble surrender — like Peter experienced — is always a part.

Toward the middle of this song, listen for a second melody echoing and repeating the phrase, “do you love me?” as Jesus asks Peter three times in John 21. Even though we are all broken, sinful, and imperfect, Jesus loves us first. Let that sink in. And then remember, he invites us to love Him in response with grateful hearts.

02.  Listening & Reflection

As you listen to this song, let the back-and-forth of surrender and reflection on Jesus’ love for you resonate in your heart. Read the account of Luke 5 where Jesus calls Peter to follow him and ask him to lead you as well.

Remember that Jesus meets us where we are and invites us to follow him, led by his Spirit, and rooted in his love and truth.


Stanton Lanier is a pianist, composer, orchestrator, and believer with a vision to Create God Encounters for All Generations through Scripture-inspired instrumental music. He has released 170+ tracks with 14 albums and singles, which are enjoyed by millions of listeners around the world as “life soundtracks” for moments of God’s peace and inspiration. Stanton is always working on new music, and earned his Professional Certificate in Composing and Orchestrating for Film and TV from the Berklee School of Music. In 2004 he founded the non-profit Music to Light the World, which uses his music to offer hope and healing to cancer patients, orphans in Zambia, and others in need. Stanton has performed in 27 U.S. states, Canada, Europe, and Australia, and his music touches five million lives annually across 140 countries through Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, YouTube, Music Choice Soundscapes, Sirius-XM Spa and more. To learn more visit

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