Drop the Worries; Lift Your Hands

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Gracie Elliott

Juniors Lily Dennis and Hope Davis compare their favorite worship songs.

I believe that God has different ways of speaking to us, and I think that music is one of his most powerful tools. You can go 35 years listening to the same song with the same words over and over but it might just so happen that the 42nd time you hear it on the radio while cruising down the highway a lightbulb finally goes off. That’s the beautiful thing about music-the lyrics never change, the instruments never change, but you change, and the way you interpret it changes. It’s true, God knows exactly what you need, exactly when you need it, and he’s always finding new ways to inspire me through these songs. I have taken the time to compile my top 7 favorite Christian songs and I invite you to join me, lay your burdens down for just a moment, and lift your hands.

7. “Love Broke Thru” by Toby Mac

I heard this song for the first time only a couple of weeks ago, but I immediately fell in love with it. This song portrays a perfect image of how no one is unworthy of God’s love. Toby Mac does an outstanding job of reminding us that no matter how far gone we feel, we are never out of God’s reach. On top of all this, the upbeat tempo is exactly what I need to motivate me on a sluggish Monday morning. So if you are feeling down on yourself, and like God doesn’t love you, I suggest you take a listen. 

Available: Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube

6. “Whom Shall I Fear” by Chris Tomlin

The title pretty much speaks for itself. All of the lyrics have the same main idea- there is nothing too large for our God. The line that hits home for me is “The God of Angel Armies is always by my side.”

Senior Caleb Mullins agrees, “It [the song] makes me feel strong because I have someone with an army of angels for me.”

Sometimes I fail to remember that our God is not just anyone, he is God who raised his son from the dead, a God who parted the red sea, a God who miraculously saved Daniel from the lion’s den. He isn’t just some joe-schmo, he is Jesus Christ, the creator of the world, and Chris Tomlin does an amazing job of showing that. 

Available: Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube

5. “Faithful Now” by Vertical Worship

Vertical Worship, this is a pretty relevant name for the band considering their music makes me want to jump up and down and shout the lyrics at the top of my lungs. This particular song is more about trusting that God is going to come through for us despite the uncertainties that we are constantly being faced with. After all, the chorus is, “You were faithful then, you’ll be faithful now.” I’m not saying it’s easy. Nowhere in the definition of faith does it say that you have to be fearless. In fact, faith is an act of believing whilst the fears are still present, and that is one of the hardest things to do. When you start to let the worry seep in I encourage you to take 3 minutes and 55 seconds to listen to this song, it’ll help. 

Available: Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube

4. “What a Beautiful Name” by Hillsong UNITED

Utterly rejoiceful. That’s the best way for me to put it. In a life where our time is limited and the end is unknown, it can be nerve-wracking and upsetting. Now more than ever it seems like the uncertainties just keep getting thrown at us, but Hillsong UNITED reminds us that nothing can stand against our God.

Junior Nevaeh Greco stated, “It makes me feel power rising in my body.”

Sometimes when I’m worshipping at church and hear the lyrics “You have no rival, You have no equal, Now and forever God you reign,” I feel as if God is tapping me on the shoulder. Like he’s right next to me saying “Girl, you worry too darn much, I got you. Now let me hear you, sing it loud and proud sister.” 

Available: Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube

3. “Father’s House” by Cory Asbury 

I discovered this song over quarantine and it’s been playing on repeat since then. Whether I’m showering, doing homework, or on a leisurely car ride, this song is always running through my head. Like any other typical human being I’ve struggled with feeling less than and like I’m not good enough, so when I hear the words, “And failure won’t define me ‘Cause that’s what my father does,” I know he’s calling me out.

Sophomore Alyssa Bruening agrees. She stated, “It reminds me that even though I’ve messed up and failed, I’m still loved by God and I’m forgiven, and that’s all that matters.” 

Available: Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube

2. “The Blessing” by Cody Carnes, Elevation Worship, Kari Jobe

I think my favorite thing about this song is how it starts off really slow and calm but then it picks up and it’s like a raging fire has been ignited in my heart. It almost reminds me of how our faith starts out as a little whisper in the back of our mind, but as we grow and become closer to God it blooms into this wild and life-changing love. The lyrics themselves are fairly simple, but the instruments and voices make the song come alive and I can’t help but bob my head and sing along. Honestly, I prefer listening to the live version of this song because it is so refreshing to hear all of the tiny voices of the audience blend together and sing as one. I absolutely recommend this song for anyone needing some comfort. 

Available: Apple Music, iTunes, YouTube

1. “Rescue” by Lauren Daigle

I have found that this song is like my lifeline, and it makes me pretty emotional- I’m currently tearing up as we speak. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve listened to this song when I’m on the verge of throwing it all away and giving up on myself, and somehow this song always seems to pull me up out of the shadows. I often feel like God is speaking to me through this song. He’s going to rescue me, no need to worry about rescuing myself because he has already gotten it covered. So if you feel like you have to constantly be the one to pick yourself up and dust yourself off, I encourage you to take a listen. 

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I leave you with this; life is inevitable, plot twists will come, times of spiritual drought will happen, and in those times is when we need our Savior the most. Oftentimes we get so focused on problems and how big they are that we forget about our God and how big he is. It’s at times like this when our faith needs to be revived and these songs do a phenomenal job of that. Whether you’re jamming out in the car or bopping in the shower, it doesn’t matter, just take a couple of minutes to tune out the outside world and tune into our God. I promise you won’t be disappointed.