>My Favorite Songs of Inspiration to Persevere
As I look to perseverance I find that songs that are consumed with scriptural truths tend to be the most powerful. It seems most of the best ones were written several decades ago. Currently I am finding some contemporary songs that wow me too. Tomorrow I hope to share with you a great source for God centered contemporary music.
My music tastes are varied, but to inspire they must be God centered. I personally dislike “In the Garden”, and “Love Lifted Me”. Both seem much of a self centered aspect of I am special above all others tone. Self esteem is promotion of self over God (Remember deny self, take up your cross, and follow Jesus) But this blog entry is not meant to be a critique.
Now, please keep this in mind. I find that we need Christian music for two purposes. One purpose is for pure entertainment. Why should we listen to
Then there is the need for music to draw us to the cross. As a caveat, a few months back I attended St. Andrew’s Chapel in
So music ought to draw us to the cross. It should remind us of who God is and who we are in that perspective. Often it should be just like the Psalms, here am I a wicked sinner, I plead for you to hear my prayer. Great worship music ought to have an otherness, but that is not to say it can not include guitars, drums, and choruses. It also should not be solely about how it makes me feel but how does it lead me to look at God?
That being said, here is my list of songs that motivate me to persevere….
And Can it Be, Charles Wesley
Amazing Grace, John Newton
Holy, Holy, Holy, Reginald Heber
Silent Night, Joseph Mohr & Franz Gruber
A Mighty Fortress is our God, Martin Luther
Blessed be Your Name, Matt and Beth Redman
In Christ Alone, Keith Getty & Stuart Townsend
Mighty is the Power of the Cross, Chris Tomlin, Sean Crain, & Jesse Reeves
There is None Like You, Lenny Leblanc
The Wonderful Cross, Isaac Watts, Chris Tomlin, Jesse Reeves and J D Walt
Tomorrow I hope to share a source of some new music that hs been greatly lifting me since January!