One of my favorite bands when I was in college was the David Crowder Band. Listen to my favorite album “Illuminate” or the compilation of their most popular songs on “All This For A King”. These songs are still some of my favorites. Since then he’s continued creating music on his own. Crowder, as he is now known, has put out some incredible worship songs since 2014. “Come as You Are” is one of my favorites. His voice is as raw and deep as the lyrics are as he describes coming before God exactly as we are. He encourages you not to hide your hurt and pain but “lay down your hurt”, quit carrying heavy loads and “Lay down your burdens”. Come as You Are! Because there is “hope for the hopeless”, a place to “come sit at the table”, and “rest for the weary”. This song brings up images of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 and encourages us to “come kneel” before the throne of God and “let rescue begin”. Let this song lead you into a time of repentance and intimate relationship with the God of grace this week.
I remember driving home in college and listening to a song that changed my perspective of Christian music and it’s power to draw you into a relationship with God. “You're Beautiful” by Phil Wickham has become one of my favorite songs. I would highly encourage you to take a listen if you haven’t heard it before. But today I want to share a new song Phil Wickham has written. “Living Hope” might be one of the most powerful songs of worship I’ve heard in the past year. Look up the lyrics online and take a listen because the verses are incredibly deep and deserve a lot of consideration as we attempt to “fathom such boundless grace” which we find in Christ Jesus. The verses are incredible but it’s the chorus that draws me into worship every time I hear it. It leads me in singing “Hallelujah” to “the one who set me free”; the one who has “broken every chain;” the one who has “salvation in Your name.” Join me in singing hallelujah this morning to “Jesus Christ, my living hope.”
MercyMe is able to consistently create really fun and energetic songs. But their aren’t just worth listening to because of their energy. They also have a really creative way of developing simple songs that express deep theology. One of their new songs: “Best News Ever” is a great example of this.
Not only is it catchy and guarantees to get you singing “Best News Ever” over and over throughout the day it shares an incredible Gospel truth that speaks to how we often fall into the trap of attaching our work ethic to our faith and relationship with God. It challenges the idea that our identity as Christian MUST lead us toward God on hands and knees giving up our “hard work” to earn acceptance and love from God and instead accept grace and forgiveness. The bridge of this song shares this well by quoting Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened.” Take a moment to share this song with your family and friends and consider exactly what makes the Gospel the “Best news ever."
The past decade has fostered an incredible movement within the Christian Music Industry. Countless high quality songs with thoughtful and even theologically inspired lyrics have been written and led by just as many amazing worship leaders. Hillsong is one of these artists that began in a small church in Australia and now leads millions around the world in worship every day. Hillsong Worship is one of my favorite groups of worship leaders that have just recently recorded a beautiful worship song: King of Kings. This song dives into the story of how God redeemed His people by coming to a us with “mercy in His eyes” while we were “In the darkness… waiting.” He came “To fulfill the law and prophets” and then my favorite line “From a throne of endless glory to a cradle in the dirt.” The Chorus leads us into worship as we “Praise the Father, Praise the Son, Praise the Spirit Three in One.” Find the lyrics to this song online while you listen to it, or find a You Tube video with the lyrics playing and enjoy an intimate time of worship with your family today!
“I’ve carried a burden for too long on my own, I wasn’t created to bear it alone. I hear Your invitation to let it all go. I see it now, I’m laying it down. And I know that I need you.”
My assumption is that the man Kari Jobe married must be an absolutely incredible worship leader and man of God if he can keep up with her. This assumption was proven correct when I began to listen Cody Carnes worship songs. You need to listen to a few if you haven’t. One of my favorites is his song “Run to the Father”. Read the quote at the beginning again. This is how he starts the song off and then as he moves into the chorus he passionately declares how he is pursuing God. Running after Him. Falling into God’s grace. He’s not hiding any longer. He’s not waiting. Cody desires for God to change his heart and help him understand how incredible God’s love is. Listen to his song when you get home today and join him in running to the Father!