One of my favorite acts of worship is to hear a great exposition of scripture. It can fill me, and break me at the same time. I love good preaching. However, it is not the only act of worship that I love. A carefully crafted, theologically sound song can make my spirit leap for joy and my heart and mouth sing praises to the Lord. I love to hear a congregation of believers sing worship and praise to the Lord. Not every song that we sing in our corporate worship fits the “carefully crafted theologically sound” criteria. It is true that we all have different theological bents that come out in the songs that we sing. This is understandable. Nevertheless, there are some songs that transcend denominational loyalties and should call for all Christians to lift their hands (although they may just be a mental hand lifting if you are more conservative,) and hearts in praise, or bow low in worship to the King.
Over the past year, I have been compiling a list of songs that I feel fit well into the above mentioned category. Some are very old, and some are very new. Scripture does tell us to “sing a new song” but it also implores us to sing “Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” So, the list below will be made up of songs that span different centuries, different continents, and different theological leanings. This list is not exhaustive, but here are 50 songs that we would do well to sing unto the Lord with a grateful heart and attitude. If you click on the song, it will direct you to a site where you can listen to it. You may have a song that I have missed that would fit well. If so, feel free to leave a comment with a name of the song.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Adam B. Burrell