I’ve never been the type of person to find the local Christian radio station and jam out. In fact, if I happen to accidentally come across it I usually bang my head into the steering wheel until I go unconscious. Haha only kidding (kind of…) but I truly and genuinely cannot stand those radio stations, they make me feel like I’m watching The Wiggles or something. It’s miserable.
Matt actually listens to those stations most of the time, but I blame that on the fact that he claims to “hate music” and so obviously doesn’t have good taste (don’t worry we are seeking counseling due to this issue…) Anyways, back before I fully grasped that GRACE is the baseline for Christianity I felt like a bad Christian because I didn’t like all of the horrible music. Since then not only have I found complete freedom in being able to say “I love Jesus but please don’t make me listen to Christian music” I’ve also, coincidentally (and maybe ironically?), found a good deal of songs that I truly and genuinely enjoy, while at the same time truly feel like I’m worshipping my Lord and savior.
I felt like it might be a good idea to share my playlist incase there’s anyone else out there that struggles in this area. Most of you have probably heard most of these songs before but it might be worth taking a look at the specific versions/artists since I feel like that makes a huge difference for me. I’ll be linking my Spotify playlist but also listing them below as well with brief reason why I love it. I feel like lyrics are a huge thing for me and when I feel what I’m singing it becomes so personal.
- Reckless Love by Cory Asbury: This is currently one of my favorites, the words in the entire song, but mainly the chorus, are so overwhelming and remind me how much God has recklessly pursued Matt and I. It also has a very convicting line about how we don’t deserve/could never earn the reckless love of God. That gets me every time!
- Endless Alleluia by Cory Asbury: This is a song I heard recently and I love singing to, I love the music.
- Have it All- Live by Passion, Kristian Stanfill: This song is a prayer for me. With Matt and I pursuing ministry I feel like I am constantly praying that God would just take our lives and use them. This song puts that into words.
- Do it Again by Elevation Worship: UGH this one really gets me. Theres a line at the end that says “I’ve seen you move, you’ve moved the mountains. And I believe I’ll see you do it again. You made a way, where there was no way. And I believe I’ll see you do it again” God has moved so many mountains in our life, and I love remembering (especially with our uncertain future) that He will be with us and will move mountains.
- Heart Abandoned– Live by Passion, Kristian Stanfill: This is another prayer for me. Matt used to study Finance before transferring to Liberty. We felt in control of our finances with what the future held having that major. Deciding to go pursue ministry meant letting go of our financial steadiness in the future, and that really used to scare us. But now we feel so much better knowing that, with hearts abandoned, God has a plan for us and will give us whatever we need, even if it’s just enough. There’s a line in this song that says “Gold and silver You can take them, all I want is You my Lord.” and I feel like the more I sing that the truer it becomes. I don’t ever want money to be an idol for us.
- Good, Good Father by 10,000 Fathers, Georgia Wilkins: I’m not gonna lie, this song usually makes me tear up but I can’t quite pinpoint exactly what part makes me emotional. I think the whole opening just reminds me of my personal relationship with God. Like it doesn’t matter what people say, I’ve heard the tender whisper.
- Spirit Break Out- Live by Kim Walker-Smith: So not a lot of people know this but I looove to sing. Not in front of people, but very loudly in my car. (I sing like Christina Aguilera but only about 5 people have witnessed that.) Anyways, I feel like this song is right in my range and is so fun to sing which makes me feel SOO lame to actually type out but it is what it is. Also, I heard this song at a church we visited once for the first time, and the way they worshipped actually made me feel like I was hearing “heaven touch earth” and I loved that. This song always reminds me of that experience.
- You Won’t Relent- Live by Jesus Culture: OKAY. This song is literally 15 minutes long. Normally when I see that I automatically skip it, but this is like a mini worship concert. I love this song!! Just give it a try and listen to the entire thing. (Okay, okay… this ones in my range too so it’s like a mini Bekah concert)
- The Lion and the Lamb by Big Daddy Weave: I cannot believe the artist is Big Daddy Weave hahahaha I thought I had the wrong version but nope, that’s the one I like
- Mercy- Live by Amanda Cook: If you haven’t noticed, I tend to gravitate towards songs that talk about grace and mercy. And that’s because I can’t believe God’s grace and the mercy He shows us. It’s so backwards. We deserve none of it.
- Holy Spirit by Francesca Battisteli : This song is so special to me, this was sung during our wedding ceremony. I love how it invites and welcomes the Holy Spirit. I think that is something we should always be praying for.
- Heartbeats- Live/Acoustic by Hillsong United: It’s important you listen to the acoustic version because I don’t like the regular one. “I want you, need you, I love you Jesus. My heart beats forever just to know You” I feel like it’s my prayer to feel that way all the time.
- Scandal of Grace- Live/Acoustic by Hillsong United : I’ve heard this song a MILLION times but for some reason when I heard the acoustic version it completely changed it and I heard it in a new way. “Oh to be like you, I’d give all I have just to know You”. I feel like as someone who was a luke-warm Christian for a looonnggg time this line carries a lot of weight. I don’t just want to know God, I want to KNOW GOD.
- Real Love by Blanca: I didn’t even know this was a Christian song until I started listening to the words, but it really captures the idea of fully accepting grace and wanting Jesus’ real love. We don’t need all the religious stuff, we need His love.
- Fall Afresh by Fresh Life Worship: One thing I constantly remind myself of is “my life is not my own”, I want my life to be a living sacrifice. I feel like this song really captures that.
- King of My Heart by John Mark McMillan: I feel like if I heard this song a few years ago I definitely wouldn’t have fully understood it in the way I do now. This is another prayer for me, sometimes I struggle with the words to pray, so a lot of these songs touch on what I’m feeling and help me to pray.
- Holy (Wedding Day) by The City Harmonic: So I had heard this song a bunch of times before and then recently I listened to it and completely had an ah-hah! moment like never before. The line “This is the story of the son of God hanging on a cross for me” broke me. I started crying. We always talk about how Jesus died on the cross of our sins, but I guess it had just hit me all of a sudden like oh my gosh, he literally died on a cross for ME. MY SINS. For some reason it didn’t feel like a distant idea, it felt completely personal. It’s also just a beautiful song.
- Divine Romance by Phil Wickham: I think this song is beautiful also I love the idea behind it. The way God romances us and loves us is incredible, so in return we show our love as well.
- What a Beautiful Name- Live by Hillsong United: I feel like this is one of those songs where when they start playing it at church every one starts loosening up and cracking their knuckles like LETS GO ready to worship. Is that just me? oh awkward
- King of the World by Natalie Grant: “When did I forget that You’ve always been the king of the world? I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world. How could I make You so small, when you’re the one who holds it all?” Ugh this song is so me. We try to control and control, and tell God that our plan might be better but who the heck are we to do that?!
I really hope you guys take some time to look into these songs, they seriously never get old for me. The truth in each of them is always applicable and relatable. I love worshipping in my car on the way to work now and that has never been my strong suit. That really says something!
Comment songs that you love so I can look them up!!