Hi again, friends. 🙂
I know it’s already 2018, but I want to reflect on 2017 just a little more–and to do that, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite Christian songs from the year with you!
Worship has become such a special thing to me this year, and God has used it to heal the dirtiest and most pained parts of my heart. I just love listening to, playing, and singing music to connect with my Creator. Something about turning my eyes on Him and indulging my heart in worship just makes everything right again.
If you just want a list of Christian songs to check out, here are 22 good ones (with some links to my favorite renditions!). If you want to see why they’re special to me, you can scroll past the lists to the rest of this post. 🙂
- It is Well (this, and this are my favorite recordings)
- He Will Hold Me Fast (Keith & Kristyn Getty)
- The Old Rugged Cross (sung by Chris Rice)
- My Faith Has Found a Resting Place
- Before the Throne of God Above
- Because He Lives
- Great is Your Faithfulness
- Come to Jesus (Chris Rice)
- He Will (Ellie Holcomb)
- No Longer Slaves (I Am They)
- Fighting Words (Ellie Holcomb)
- Lord I Need You (Matt Meher)
- Giants Fall (Francesca Batistelli)
- Keep Making Me (Sidewalk Prophets)
- Difference Maker (Needtobreathe)
- Just Be Held (Casting Crowns)
- Eye of the Storm (Ryan Stevenson)
- Behold Our God (Sovereign Grace)
- Give me Jesus (Fernando Ortega)
- Beautiful Things (Gungor)
- Loyal (Lauren Daigle)
- King of Love (I Am They)
*favorite songs in bold.
It Is Well, Come to Jesus, He Will, Just Be Held
From moments of excitement, to heart-wrenching changes, I sang these songs. In the quiet of my room I listened to them, and in huge auditoriums, I listened to a chorus of believers lift these words to Jesus.
When friendships fell apart or people dear to me strayed to choices that hurt them…when God had to pry my hands open and help me let go of things that weren’t good for me…when I felt alone and confused—these songs comforted my heart over and over again. I couldn’t begin to count the number of times I’ve played them on the piano or listened to them through my earphones. When I had no words to express my sadness or confusion, these lyrics were my song. My prayer. My lifeline.
My Faith Has Found a Resting Place, The Old Rugged Cross, No Longer Slaves, Before the Throne of God Above, Fighting Words, Lord I Need You
In those pit-moments when I questioned God’s grace—on the days when I was weak with insecurity—when I wavered in my walk with God—these songs reminded me of God’s all-sufficient grace and encouraged me to cling to Him in my weaknesses.
I need no other argument; I need no other plea. It is ENOUGH that Jesus died, and that He died for me. So I’ll cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown…because I’m no longer a slave to fear—I am a child of God! My name is graven on His hands; my name is written on His heart.
So I’ll fight the lies with the truth; keep my eyes fixed on YOU.
I love all these lyrics so much. May you and I never forget how much we desperately need Him. May we never forget how strong He is, and how much He loves us!
Giants Fall, Because He Lives
When anxiety kicked in and tasks seemed daunting—like the time I was hired to play the piano for two elementary school graduations and I had 3 weeks to learn all the songs, all while teaching piano and juggling a 6-week college course—or the times I was weakened by temptation or when I felt too lazy to serve others–these songs reminded me to trust God. They reminded me that there is victory in Christ, and nothing is as scary as it seems. Even when my enemy is fighting hard and my flesh is failing miserably, Christ is sufficient. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow and watch the biggest giants fall!
We can do all things through CHRIST.
“…speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…”(Ephesians 5:19-20, NKJV)
Keep Making Me, Difference Maker
God has been convicting me of my need to love people better and to serve them selflessly. Example after example of Jesus’ sacrificial love has jumped off the pages of Scripture and grabbed my heart, and I’ve been humbled to see just how selfish I’ve really been with my life.
I honestly didn’t realize how bad I was at loving people until I was pushed outside my comfort zone–when situations demanded my care. Like when I counseled 13 little girls for a week at camp, or when I started teaching 8 complex and sometimes patience-testing little students. I didn’t realize how self-centered I was until drug addicts, alcoholics, and fatherless children walked into my church, starving for love and attention…and it was my turn to give it to them. Not until I was plopped on New York City streets one day with the task of sharing the gospel with intimidating strangers.
These songs have opened my heart to accept God’s conviction, and compelled me to serve selflessly. I’m learning that the freer I am of myself, the freer I am to love, and the more I want to love people. The more I give, the more I want to give. And there’s nothing quite so satisfying as sacrificing my time and effort instead of holding back.
These songs have played a big part in those lessons.
Great is Your Faithfulness, Eye of the Storm, He Will Hold Me Fast
When plans didn’t go as expected, or when my dad was diagnosed with cancer, God planted these songs in my heart. When fear seized me and I couldn’t see my hand in front of my face, I was forced to cling not to what is seen, but what is unseen: His faithfulness. I was forced to trust when I just wanted to know what would happen next.
As I’ve played these songs on repeat, I’ve watched God snuff out my fears, orchestrate plans better than I’d imagined, and bring healing to my dad…and He continues to prove His faithfulness in the journeys that I expected to be much worse.
Behold Our God, Give me Jesus, Beautiful Things, Loyal, King of Love
These songs are just my go-to whenever and wherever. 🙂
I play them on my iPod and sing them in the shower and plunk them out on the piano when my my heart just needs to praise–when I need to remind myself of God’s goodness. These songs have been faithful little companions throughout all the seasons of 2017, and I know they’ll continue to be this year. 🙂
And that’s it!
I guess this was my “year-in-review” with a twist. 😉 I hope you found some new songs here, and that you’ll make the most of every chance you get to worship our Creator this year. He’s a pretty incredible God, and it’s pretty incredible to praise Him.
“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations” (Psalm 89:1, NKJV).
For further reference: Check out this short post from Hear it First about our need to worship. I love it ❤