our 5 favorite worship songs

As we spend our time in Arizona, we are taking a break away from playing with the worship band at our church back home in North Carolina.  Finding new worship songs together (or reconnecting with old ones) has been really special.

When Will listens to music, he listens to the instruments and the melody and very rarely notices anything about the lyrics.  I, on the other hand, can stand a simple and predictable melody if the lyrics are powerful and they tell a story or connect with an emotion that I relate to.  

Here are our top five worship songs we have been digging recently.

 

#5: So Will I (100 Billion X) by Hillsong United

This is one of Will’s absolute favorite songs.  Personally, I think it has way too many words for a “worship” song, but the message is super powerful and it hits you right in the feels.  

God of Your promise
You don’t speak in vain
No syllable empty or void
For once You have spoken
All nature and science
Follow the sound of Your voice
God of salvation
You chased down my heart
Through all of my failure and pride
On a hill You created
The light of the world
Abandoned in darkness to die

#4: No Longer Slaves by Bethel Music

“You rescued me and I will stand and sing, I am a child of God.”  This song hit me hard a few weeks ago as I struggled through my own inadequacies.  Luckily we’ve made some great friends in Arizona and have found a great church (AND WILL IS THE BEST), so those lies that tell me I am unwanted and unloveable are being squashed.  I really connect with this slightly old worship song.

PS. To anyone who thinks that marriage will complete you, that’s a lie.  Only God can do that.

From my mothers womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I’ve been born again, into a family
Your blood flows through my veins
I’m no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

#3: The Secret Place (Acoustic) by Phil Wickham

Will asks to listen to this song basically every time we’re in the car.  He’s having some kind of love moment with it.  Phil Wickham is a tremendously talented musician and guitarist and his duet with Madison Cunningham is exquisite.  

You are my only hope
You are the Rock on which I stand
You will not let me go
I know that I am safe inside Your hands
In the fading light when night is breaking
I know You will always be waiting
You’ll always be there

#2: You Say by Lauren Daigle

Lauren’s voice is the Adele of the Christian community.  Fo real, though.  And like I mentioned above, listen to those lyrics.  This is a really good song for anyone who is walking through their valley or a difficult season of life.  

Your worth does not come from your friends, or your family, or your children, or your significant other.  And placing that responsibility on their shoulders is completely unfair.  What happens when they have a human moment?  Will your self worth and your belief in them shatter in that moment?  Or will you put all your hope and trust in something much more solid than the shallow bedrock of feelings?  Only truth is solid and unchanging and reliable.

I keep fighting voices in my mind that say I’m not enough
Every single lie that tells me I will never measure up
Am I more than just the sum of every high and every low?
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 say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh You say that I am Yours
And I believe, oh I believe
What You say of me

#1: Here in the Presence (Acoustic) by Elevation Worship

From the moment we both heard this song, it has constantly brought Will and I to tears (don’t tell him I told you that).  I cannot explain it in my own words as well as the lyrics of this song do for itself.  “I know your past is broken // You can move on, it’s over now // Here in the presence of the Lord.”  Lay it all at the foot of the cross.  He’s got you.  You don’t need to carry your burdens any more.

Tired of running, running
Be still and know He’s in control
Here in the presence of the Lord
Pour out your heart before Him
Open your arms He’ll hold you now
Here in the presence of the Lord

 

Honorable mentions: Do It Again by Elevation Worship and Who You Say I Am by Hillsong Worship.

Should you be interested in our other favorite worship songs, here’s a link to my Spotify playlist.  

May you all have blessed weeks.
Love you guys,
Jamie out.