I keep a “brainstorming” notebook on me at all times; That way when I have “writer’s epiphany” I can jot the idea down so it’s not forgotten in my next writing session.
One of the ideas I recently wrote down was, “Share ten worship lyrics that have spoken to your heart.” I kept pushing it off in favor of other topics until I got this from one of my readers in response to a recent post. Angela wrote:
“I believe there is a worship song for every season. And finding it can be an adventure and quite exciting. I know when there are hard times before me a “God appointed” song has helped carry me as i carry its tune. “
Now I took that as a Holy Spirit clue that the time had come to share my top ten worship lyrics. So here they are:
10. “When peace like a river attendeth my way when sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say ‘It is well. It is well with my soul.”
It Is Well, Philip Bliss
9. “Farther along we’ll know all about it. Farther along we’ll understand why. Cheer up my brother live in the sunshine. We’ll understand it all by and by.” Farther Along, W.B. Stevens
8. “A mighty fortress is our God. A sacred refuge is Your name. Your kingdom is unshakeable…” A Mighty Fortress, Christy and Nathan Nockels
7. “Let Your fragrance rest in this place as we gather to seek Your face.” Father of Creation, David Ruis
6. “All of my life in every season You are still God and I have a reason to sing. I have a reason to worship.” Desert Song , Brooke Fraser
5. “You are my desire. No one else will do. ’cause nothing else could take Your place, to feel the warmth of Your embrace. Help me find the way. Bring me back to You.” Draw Me Close, Kelly Carpenter
4. “You give and take away. You give and take away. My heart will choose to say ‘Lord blessed be Your name!'” Blessed Be The Name, Matt and Beth Redman
3. “He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.” Amazing Grace, John Newton
2. “When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation and take me home what joy shall flood my heart. The I shall bow in humble adoration and there proclaim ‘My God How great Thou art!'” How Great Thou Art, Stuart Kline
1. “The Darling of Heaven crucified, worthy is the Lamb!” Worthy Is the Lamb, Darlene Zschech
What are your 10 favorite worship lyrics?
Thanks Pastor J
I’ve been thinking about this post for the last couple hours 🙂
I am don’t have my top 10 compiled but my top two (at this point) are :
3:- Amazing love (how could it be that you my King would die for me) – Chris Tomlin
2 : – Our God (is greater, Our God is stronger, God You are higher than any other!) – Chris Tomlin
1: – How Great is our God (sing with me how great is our God and all will see how great, how great is our God!) – also Chris Tomlin 😉
The Desert song is way up there on the list and so is Rescue – (Newsong).; You are God alone (Phillips, Craig and Dean) .
‘Agnus Dei’; ‘Worthy is the Lamb’; ‘To Worship You I live’ and a whole host of others are overflowing my thinking space 🙂 Hope to fill in the rest later but for now, there’s a river rushing through my head!
I’ll go marinate some more.
Blessings much and thanks for leading us into worship today!
A culture of worship is building here! “These are the days of Your servant David rebuilding a temple of praise!” Days of Elijah, Robin Mark. Oh how God loves to here the confession of His people in praise and worship! This is great stuff 🙂 Thanks for commenting.
Hmmm… I’m loving the comments.
Which leads me to the conclusion that your list is either impossible or situational… How Great Thou Art and Great Is Thy Faithfulness are the tried and true ones that hang out in the back of my head. They pop up when sorrow mounts and I can’t find the words to say what I’m feeling. Then of course, there’s Eddie Green’s Lion of Judah that puts many of my issues into perspective…
Pastor J, I could probably give you ten top ten lists, depending on where my head is at the time 🙂 In the meantime, i’ll pop in from time to time and sing the ones your readers have shared. Do leave the door open and a fire burning. 🙂
Ann I’ll leave the lights on! 🙂 You are most assuredly right. If I were to write my top ten three months from now,I am certain it would probably change some. 🙂
Great list! I will need to think about my top 10. I regret I haven’t been more of a music person over my life time and have found a new found love for worship music. You have hit on several of mine. Maybe too contemporary but Mercy Me hits me with “Will I stand in Your presence, or to my knees will I fall?” in I can only imagine and
“Let me introduce myself to you
This is who I am
No more, no less”
“in the entitled song “No more, No Less”
I will have to start a list! Thanks!
Hey Tom! Thanks for commenting Sounds like you’ve got an awesome list started!
I wonder when we get to Heaven will we sing any of these songs or “will we be able to speak at all?” 🙂
Your #8 became a theme song to me this year when my mother came out of ICU and began the process of recovery. And #6 carried me through some desert seasons of my own not too long ago. What I like most about your list is the even mix of the new and the old. The hymns and the contemporary all have the same motive–to glorify the name of Jesus–and we lose so much when we prefer one over the other. You may find this amusing, but I found myself immensely blessed today by a Psalty & the Kids Praise Kids song. God is so good to allow us the joy of music!
A-men Chrystal. You are right. It is not the style. It is the confession behind the style. Music is one of God’s great gifts. His hymns have lifted many a weary soul out the depths and back onto the solid rock.. If you have not already read it, let me recommend this, written by Paulette, http://pbus1.wordpress.com/2011/07/25/praise-your-way-through/! 🙂