Sometimes you just need to crank up the tunes and let the music wash over you. That’s how I feel about these five worship songs. They point me to the Truth of Christ and the Gospel when I need it. They remind me of my identity in Him. They echo the hope that God gives us in His Word. Over and over again, these worship songs move me.
We see God’s people singing in the Bible and worshipping Him through song. It’s no accident that we start church on Sunday mornings with worship. Our voices were created to reflect His glory—in our words and in our songs.
So grab your headphones or turn the speaker on loud, and praise God with me.
1. "Fear is a Liar" - Zach Williams
Zach Williams has done it once again with this song. I can almost guarantee the music video will make you cry. In fact, the first probably 10 times I heard this song in the car, I would start crying. I wrestle with fear, anxiety, perfectionism, comparison. I think most of us do. Williams' song cuts to the heart of our fears, reminding us those doubts come straight from Satan. Christ paid our debts by his blood, and He wants a relationship with us. All we have to do is believe in Him. He's made us fully capable, fully courageous, and fully free.
2. "You Say" - Lauren Daigle
Oh this song. It gives me chills. Every. Single. Time.
"I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I'm not enough. Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up... Remind me once again just who I am because I need to know. You say I am loved when I can't feel a thing. You say I am strong when I think I am weak. You said I am held when I am fallen ashore. And when I don't belong, You say I am Yours. And I believe."
I constantly need to be reminded that my identity is in Christ alone. When I feel alone, He is with me. When I feel weak, He has made me strong. No matter what I'm going through—no matter what you are going through—You have an identity that is secure in Jesus.
This week I heard Daigle's song on the top 40 radio station here, and I about started crying all over again. We need the message of the Gospel now more than ever, and even pop radio recognizes it. We need to keep looking up.
3. "King of My Heart" - Steffany Gretzinger, Jeremy Riddle, and Christine Rhee (Bethel Music)
Watch this live music video, and you will feel the depth of God's promises to us. He is good, and He is faithful. He's made a covenant with us for all generations. Jesus died the death we deserve and rose to eternal life, giving us access forever to Him, The Father, Holy Spirit. God never goes back on His promises. He is the very definition of faithful. If you are in a difficult season of life, sing these words over yourself. "You are good, You're good... You're never gonna let me down."
4. "Your Love Defends Me" - Matt Maher
I first heard Matt Maher as a sophomore or junior in high school during youth group. I liked his music back then, but it was until I recently listened to this song that I felt a true sense of worship:
"Surely My God is the strength of my soul. Your love defends me... And when I feel like I'm all alone, Your love defends me."
When Maher launches into the "Hallelujah" part of the song, I can't help but praise God. God, you are my portion and my salvation. You are all I need.
5. "Who You Say I Am" - Hillsong Worship
No matter how lost you might feel, Jesus is for you. He wants to give you a new name as a child of God. We can chase a million things in this world hoping they will finally fulfill us. Dating, marriage, kids. Money. Career success. Beauty, influence, attention. Drugs, alcohol, food, gambling. We can chase it all, but nothing will ever satisfy us. Only Jesus can do that. He's given us a place at the table as his beloved sons and daughters.
"I am chosen, not forsaken. I am who You say I am. You are for me, not against me. I am who You say I am." Let us walk in that freedom, friends!
If you want to talk more about Jesus Christ and faith and what-the-heck-is-all-this-stuff, shoot me a message. I love meeting new people, whether virtually or in person, and gabbing about life.
And if you'd like to know more of my story, you can read my testimony here.
Truly, He makes beautiful things.