What are your favorite Christian songs?
It’s nearly an impossible task for me to think of all of mine in one sitting. There would be hundreds, maybe a thousand or more. I was able to compile, to the best of my ability to recall, nine songs that have special meaning to me and a 10th pick from my wife.
So, without further ado, here’s the 10 songs in no particular order:
1. How He Loves
(By John Mark McMillan)
By far my favorite Christian song and my go-to when troubled. I sang it to my grandson when he was younger as he fell asleep. It has been covered many times, most notably to me by the David Crowder Band and Jesus Culture.
Best line: I don’t have time to maintain these regrets when I think about, the way that He loves us
2 God of Wonders
(By Third Day)
I love the song and the tempo was perfect for my marathon training. I still run to it (just not as far).
Best line: The universe declares Your majesty
3. I Can Only Imagine
MercyMe poses one of the greatest questions: What will I do when I actually meet Jesus? Of course, I can’t really answer it until I’m standing before Him, but it’s still fun to think about.
Best line: When all I will do is forever, forever worship You
4. How Great is Our God
(By Chris Tomlin)
Reminds me that every single day I need to introduce non-believers to how great God is, and to reaffirm it to believers to help them grow in their faith.
Best line: Let all the Earth rejoice
5. Amazing Grace
(By John Newton)
May be the most popular hymn for both the religious and the secular. Covered many, many times. While often sung solemnly, it makes me want to dance. Howe could I not when I consider God’s amazing grace.
Best line: Grace will lead us home
6. He Reigns
A great reminder the whole world is one big family under God’s reign. Especially now that we’re becoming so divided, we need to hear this message more than ever.
Best line: All God’s people singin’ “Glory, glory, hallelujah He reigns”
7. God Only Knows
(By For King & Country)
An important lesson that speaks to everybody at one time or another: God only knows the real us and what we’ve been through — or perhaps are going through at this very moment.
Best line: There’s a kind of love that God only knows
8. 10,000 reasons
(By Matt Redman)
One morning a pastor asked me to lead pre-church prayer with thankfulness. After a dozen or so things for which I’m thankful I was stopped because we had to start the service. Don’t know if I could have come up with 10,000, but if given long enough I probably could. And this song has perhaps the greatest ending a song could have.
Best line: My soul will sing Your praise unending 10,000 years and then forevermore
9. We believe
Whenever my faith is challenged this is the perfect reminder of what I believe and why I believe it.
Best line: (Every line, but I’ll go with) And the gates of hell will not prevail, for the power of God has torn the veil; now we know Your love will never fail
10. I’ll Fly Away
(By Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch)
My wife says she has been drawn to this song since elementary school. It really speaks to her and gives hope for what’s to come.
Best line: To a land where joys will never end