Worship Songs Every Christian Should Hear
There are many Christians artists and albums in the world. Some are played on the radio, some are sung in the local church, some will cause you to find yourself buried underneath the majesty of God.
And some worship songs are so full of creative, God-exalting writing that we are brought as it were to the throne room of Yahweh himself.
Many songs can bring cheer to your heart, but not many can anchor your heart in the truth that instructs the mind to look toward and trust in the Holy One of Israel. What we sing matters.
Good music must teach. And all music does teach us something. The more biblical the teaching, the more worthy is the music. As Christians, we must hold Christian music to a higher standard of biblical theology and accuracy.
The following is a small list of worship songs for your joy:
1. CityAlight, Only a Holy God.
Many of these songs are worthy of congregational singing due to their ease and bible saturation. Full approval.
2. Ghost Ship, Costly One.
Of the lasting gems that came out of Mars Hill (alongside Citizens) is this group. They sound great, they have strong vocals, and their songs teach great Scriptural truth.
3. Indelible Grace Music, By Thy Mercy.
It is very difficult to say which album of Indelible Grace I prefer the most, all of them are fantastic. This album may have some of my favorites: Greater Than Our Hearts, Salvation to the Lamb.
4. Keith and Kristyn Getty, Facing a Task Unfinished.
A list of favorites wouldn’t be complete without the Gettys. Everything they put out from their Irish roots to their live events at the Gospel Coalition or the Sing! Conference are necessary to listen to over and over. One of the best gospel assurance songs that I have heard is sung by them: My Worth Is Not in What I Own.
5. Matt Boswell, Messenger Hymns, Vol. 2.
Officially a part of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary faculty, Boswell sings on top of the Scriptures — and does so with his strong voice. His song Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery is a modern hymn that will stick around for decades to come.
6. Matthew Smith, All I Owe.
As one of the founding members of Indelible Grace Music, Smith is full of Christ-exalting lyrics with tunes that imprint upon your heart. Every song on this album is beautiful — every song!
7. The Corner Room, Psalm Songs Vol. 2.
I have memorized so much Scripture thanks to these faithful singers. They sing the Psalms word for word in the English Standard Version (ESV). Could memorizing Scripture be any easier?
8. Brian Suavé, Sing Psalms, Let Joy Resound.
I’m thankful for Brian. His Psalm singing is encouraging and his voice is greatly unique. Not only that, but Suavé is also theologically sound and serves (as many of these on this list do) as an elder at his church. He is a godly man worth imitating.
9. Rivers and Robots, All Things New.
Folksy. Catchy. Encouraging. I have been spurred on in the faith by these men and their folk-style music. May they continue singing!
10. Sovereign Grace Music, Prayers of the Saints.
Last but certainly not least by any measurement, Sovereign Grace has taught, led, and equipped worship pastors and congregations to sing of the glories of the Triune God. From free sheet music to pastoral encouragement, this team is a treasure to the local church.
I was happy to hear Bob Kauflin (and meet him) as he led the gathered group at Together for the Gospel 2018 (also a recorded album). Every live album is also a must hear.