Last week in my post, Finding Spiritual Strength, I mentioned that a good way to keep God in mind every day is to listen to worship music. Personally, I am almost always listening to music, so finding time to bring in at least a little Christian/Gospel is easy. Throughout the past couple of years, I’ve found some favorites. I have a whole playlist full of songs I love, but here are just a few.
Reckless Love – by Cory Asbury
This is by far my favorite worship song, and I don’t see any song outdoing it anytime soon. This song titles the whole album and I can see why. While listening to this song you can feel Asbury’s heartfelt emotion he expresses while singing it. The lyrics truly speak to you. If you aren’t one for listening to music then I recommend at least reading through the lyrics. This is one of those songs that you will find it impossible to not sing along to. I’ve just started working my way through the rest of the album, so I’m sure I’ll have some more favorites from Asbury soon.
The message in this song is so important. Asbury talks about how God was there for him through everything. Throughout the verses and bridge of this song, Cory is talking to God, and throughout the chorus, he is telling everyone how amazing God truly is. He says “I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still You give Yourself away.” This is one of my favorite lines, but honestly, all of them are true and emotional.
Before listening to this song, I thought of the word “reckless” as doing something completely careless–not having a care in the world about the result. But, after listening, I understand that the “reckless love” discussed in the song is more of acting in spite of determination to protect and save, not worrying about the foreseen obstacles. There’s a line in the chorus that says “the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, it chases me down, fights til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine.” The bridge says, “There’s no shadow You won’t light up, mountain You won’t climb up, coming after me. There’s no wall You won’t kick down, lie You won’t tear down, coming after me.” These lines, in my opinion, give a whole broader definition to the word “reckless” and shows exactly what it means for God to have reckless love for us.
Control (Somehow You Want Me) – by Tenth Avenue North
Tenth Avenue North was the first Christian/Gospel band that I started listening to years ago. Their album Over and Underneath got me really listening to them and I once fell in love with their song “By Your Side” in that album. I haven’t listened to all of their songs or albums, but “Control” from the album “Followers” is by far my favorite so far.
The song expresses about how you need to let go your hold on your life and let God guide you. Through the lyrics, the singer explains that he can’t see why God loves him, or why He needs him, but the power of His love allowed him to give God full reigns on his life. He sings “God, You need me, but somehow You want me, oh, how You love me, somehow that frees me to open my hands up and give You control.” Later, he explains that the world has finally lost its grip on him and he freely gives God control of his life. I think this is a great message and it makes it one of my go-to songs in my Worship playlist.
Forgiven – by Crowder
I’m not very familiar with Crowder and the rest of his works, but this song is definitely one of my favorites and makes me want to explore into some more of his songs. This song is all about how God will forgive you, no matter how great your sins are or how many you have. The lyrics sing, “Forgiven, forgiven, Child, there is freedom from all of it. Say goodbye to every sin, you are forgiven.” This song can really pull on your heart. “You love me even when I don’t deserve it…Jesus, Your blood makes me innocent.” You need to listen to this song. “All the weight of all our evil, lifted away, forever free.” You may not seem to deserve it, but God loves you and He will forgive you.
My Heart Is Yours – by Passion (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
This song has been around in my playlist for a long time now, and I can assure you that it will never be leaving. Similar to “Control” by Tenth Avenue North, this song is all about devoting your life to God. Unlike most worship songs, this song doesn’t really talk about what it means to devote yourself to Jesus, which makes it really unique. The whole song is the singer giving his word to God that he freely gives his whole life to God. “I will ever love and trust You, in Your presence I will live,” he promises. For the reason of this song being original in this way, it remains one of my top worship songs even after years of listening to it. It’s a perfect song to turn to if you are feeling particularly overwhelmingly grateful and passionate about your trust in God.
Fear Is a Liar – by Zach Williams
Zach Williams is another artist I’m not very familiar with, but this song, in particular, is pretty great. Fear Is a Liar is all about not letting your fears get the best of you. Williams sings, “Cast your fear in the fire, ’cause fear, he is a liar.” Throughout the song, the lyrics go over all the things that your fear does to you. Later on, he says you need to turn to the Lord with your fears and let him cast them away. After distinguishing all his fear, he explains that the strength of God’s love is the only thing that he fears. In this context though, he isn’t saying that he is afraid of God. The “fear” of God is the trust, reverence, and respect for him. God-fearing is a positive thing rather than a negative. It saves us from caving into our own sinful nature.