I received this question from a Worship Matters reader:
We’re having a missions conference in our church in Northern Ireland towards the end of November. The theme is the persecuted church. Have you any songs or sources you could recommend on this theme? I am keen to find songs that allow us to pray for and stand with our brothers and sisters and allow us to fulfill the command of Hebrews 13:3 ‘Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.’
Here are a few that came to mind:
A Mighty Fortress is Our God – “let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also, the body they may kill, God’s truth abideth still.”
How Long, by Stuart Townend – a great song that expresses grief over the present situation of evil in the world and our desire to see his “glory light the skies.”
Let Your Kingdom Come, a song I wrote – contains the line “by grace we’ll preach your Gospel till our dying breath.”
The Church’s One Foundation – check out the new tune by Brian Moss at the Indelible Grace site .
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name – vs. 2 in the Trinity Hymnal starts, “Crown him, ye martyrs of your God, who from his altar call.”
I Love Thy Kingdom, Lord, by Timothy Dwight – A song that expresses our love for the church of Christ, and includes in vs. 5: “Jesus, thou Friend divine, our Savior and our King, thy hand from ev’ry snare and foe shall great deliv’rance bring.
High Above All Things, by Mark Altrogge – a song that confesses our self-focus as it stirs up a passion to see Christ’s name exalted in all nations
If you’re aware of others, please leave a comment, including a link to the lyrics/music if possible.