I’ve been encouraged by some of the modern worship songs that have been written recently. On the whole, there seems to be more emphasis on content, biblical faithfulness, and the centrality of the cross. Here are a few songs I think are worth checking out.
Burn for You – Steve Fee
All Because of Jesus – A jubilant verse, chorus, and bridge exalting Jesus as our creator, sustainer, ruler, and redeemer.
Grace Will Be My Song – A simple song with two verses and a bridge that focuses on Jesus as the one whose blood ransomed us from our bondage and whose grace carries us in our weakness.
Beautiful the Blood – A meditation on the meaning of the death of Christ for our sins. “How beautiful the blood flow, how merciful the love shown, the King of Glory poured out, victorious are we now.” The wording is a little odd to my ears at times, but it doesn’t take away from the song’s effectiveness.
Faithful – A mid-tempo song celebrating God’s faithfulness expressed in his Word, redemption, and creation.
Anything Worth Saying – Aaron Shust
Matchless – An up-tempo song celebrating many names of our matchless Savior, before whom every knee will bow.
Let the People Praise
– Based on passages in Daniel 2 and 4, this song reminds of God’s
sovereign rule. “Those who walk in pride He is able to humble.”
My Savior and My God
– A humble response to the amazing promise from God’s Word: Christ died
to save me. The chorus is an infectious (in a good way) declaration of
our Savior’s eternal faithfulness.
You Are Good – Matt Papa
Unto the One – Might be a challenge congregationally, but an uplifting 6/8 song based on Revelation 5:13.
This CD contains a number of good songs (Into Your Arms, Who is Like You), but they might be better as specials than as congregational songs.
I have a few more, but they’ll have to wait. It’s time to get back to the book. By the way, thank you to everyone who left a comment on my post asking for your greatest challenges as a worship leader. Your responses have helped me focus as I’ve been writing.