Christian Music

Christian music can be entertaining.  There's nothing wrong with that.  More importantly, however, is music's ability to inflame the recesses of our hearts.  I think that's why the Psalms can be so potent for those hungering for that connection with God.

It'd been a while but Peg and I were able to enjoy a MercyMe concert last Saturday.  They certainly didn't disappoint.  Over the ten years since "I Can Only Imagine" became a hit, the band, rather than losing their passion for the Lord, has only grown in their fervor.  The music can be fun, uplifting, and enlightening in our souls.  Their lyrics challenge us to see the world through God's eyes.

With all of the tragedy and violence in the world today, it's easy to be discouraged.  Throughout the day, I find it useful to have a good, uplifting chorus ringing in my head.

Here are a few more of my favorites (and favorite song by them):

  1. Casting Crowns ("Who Am I": Despite our relative insignificance, God cares.)
  2. Third Day ("Cry Out to Jesus": ...There is hope for the helpless, rest for the weary...)
  3. Sidewalk Prophets ("Change This Heart": We're helpless to escape the darkness yet run away from only hope.)
  4. Sanctus Real ("Lead Me": As a husbands and fathers, we can get caught in the superficial assurances, ignoring what our wife and children really need from us: Strength and Love.)
  5. Steven Curtis Chapman ("I Will Be Here": Our wedding song.)
  6. Tenth Avenue North ("Oh My Dear": "Oh, my dear I'll wait for you.  Grace tonight will pull us through."  We often allow our guilt and our own lack of grace to come between us and God, the Lord with eternal Grace.)
  7. Kutless ("What Faith Can Do": "Impossible is not a word. It's just a reason for someone not to try...You will find you way if you keep believing.")

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