"I Saw God Today" is a song written by Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell and Wade Kirby, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in February 2008 as the lead single from his album Troubadour. The song debuted at number 19 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, giving Strait the highest chart debut of his career, as well as his 43rd Billboard Number One.
The song is part of the track list for Now That's What I Call Country. "I Saw God Today" won Single of the Year at the 2008 CMA Awards.
The song is a mid-tempo ballad in which the lead character is walking down the sidewalk to a coffee shop after his wife just had a baby (and had been in labor with said baby for roughly eighteen hours). During his walk, the man notices things like a flower growing out of a crack in the sidewalk, a couple holding hands and seeing the woman herself is (presumably) expecting a baby, and the colors of the sunset.
Finally, the song ends with the central character looking into the nursery of the hospital where all the newborn babies are kept, including his own--the baby turns out to be a girl, who he claims inherited his nose and the mother's eyes. He cites each thing that he sees along the way--the flower, the couple, the sunset and his newborn daughter--as examples of how he saw God that day.
- According to Clawson, the idea for the song came from Criswell, who said that after unsuccessful hunting trips, he would often say that he "caught a glimpse of God today" despite not seeing any animals.
Matt C., a critic for Engine 145, gave "I Saw God Today" a thumbs-up rating. He said that although it was "similar to the [songs] that countless failed nineties hat acts used to 'launch' their short careers", that Strait's vocal performance nonetheless "makes the song listenable and the country pop lyric's contrast to the country-western material that comprises much of Strait's catalog actually makes this single more memorable than some stronger songs in his hits catalog."
Having reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week of May 3, 2008, "I Saw God Today" is Strait's 43rd Billboard Number One hit. Counting the Number Ones that he has had on other U.S. trade charts (Mediabase, Radio & Records before its merger with Billboard, and Gavin Report), "I Saw God Today" is Strait's 56th overall Number One hit, succeeding a record previously held by Conway Twitty for the most Number Ones by any country music artist.
|End of year chart (2008)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs||2|
The song was nominated for a Dove Award for Country Recorded Song of the Year at the 40th GMA Dove Awards.