The final post of 2020 is all things Christian/Worship music. Throughout my relationship with God, I have gravitated towards more Christian music [which was needed to get through this year!]. The list is a mix of both traditional and contemporary music. [Please note that I have only listed a handful of songs otherwise this post would be super long]. So in no particular order…
- Joy – CalledOut Music
According to Spotify, this was one of my most played songs in 2020 and I’m honestly not surprised. The song starts with ‘My Light and salvation it’s You, I got a firm foundation in You Lord’. It reminded me of one of my favourite Psalms (27:1). The verse emphasises that Jesus is light and life, safety and strength, purity and peace, security and salvation. When we see Jesus for Who He truly is, our hearts should rejoice, for if God is for us who can be against us? The uplifting beat allows us to do just that and give endless praise to Our Maker.
- Promises – Maverick City Music
First and foremost, I have to give a shout-out to Sarah for sending this song to me [love you sis].
In promises, Maverick City Music sing about the faithfulness of our Lord to us, how He is constantly revealing and proving His promises to us. In Matthew 6:33 it says ‘But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you’.
It’s super easy to get carried away and place other things before the Lord, and this verse [along with the song] is a perfect reminder of His promise if we put him first in all things. Seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness will open the door to all other needs in this world [whether this is financial needs, spiritual needs, or even relationships].
- Spirit Lead Me (live) – Influence Music, Michael Ketterer
When all hope is gone
And Your word is all I’ve got
I have to believe
You still bring water from the rock
To satisfy my thirst
To love me at my worst
And even when I don’t remember
You remind me of my worth
This snippet alone glorifies God, professing to trust in Him no matter the cost. The line ‘You remind me of my worth’ links beautifully to Romans 5:6-8. Christ died for us when we were sinners, not when we were good people, reminding us of our value and worth demonstrated as the price He was willing to pay to redeem us.
- You Waited – Travis Greene
While this song was released a few years ago, I still very much love it.
The end of Deuteronomy 3:16, we’re told ‘He will neither fail you nor abandon you’. God promises us He will never leave us nor forsake us. No matter how far we have strayed away from God, He is waiting with open arms to welcome us back with His unfailing love.
- My Worship – Phil Thompson
As long as I am breathing
I will always worship You
I listened to a cover of this song earlier in the year and I was in awe. Worship is bowing [and submitting ourselves] before God. In Romans 12:1, the true worship cost is described as the sacrifice of self. When we come before God in worship, we humbly give ourselves up to his Lordship, proclaiming that He is worthy and exalting him in praise.
In an interview, Phil described being in a position of gratefulness to God for bringing him out of the midst of his personal storm. He received a revelation that each person’s worship is as unique as their fingerprint. This could not be more true, throughout scripture, we see that worship is associated with a greater closeness (intimacy) to God [James 4:8].
- Highlands (Songs Of Ascent) – Hillsong UNITED
This ended up becoming my exam song… I have no idea why and how but I listened to it [on repeat] before my sitting my finals and there was something so comforting about it. The song emphasises God’s ever-present faithfulness and love. We must remain committed to acknowledging God even when faced with the most-dire of circumstances. Regardless of my exams, my faith [and ultimately trust in God] was not going to waver.
- Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Rend Collective
And finally, Rend Collective’s cover of Oceans surprised me this year. It’s completely different from the original Hillsong version, but the instrumental and base give ‘Oasis’/campfire vibes which I quite liked. My favourite part of the song is ‘Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters. Wherever You would call me’
The song talks about trusting God. In Matthew 14:22-33, Peter walked on water to Jesus. The moment he took his eyes off Jesus, he began to drown. We must trust God [placing Him at the centre of our life] and He will not let us drown. We must have the strength to trust God more, instead of the troubles that we have encountered. He always gives us mercy to stand because He always cares for us.