Music has been a part of my life since the day I was born, in one way or another.
My late grandmother was a piano student at Julliard. My mother played the piano. I played the trumpet in the fourth grade, sang in the honor’s choir in fifth grade and even had a solo or two in the sixth grade. When the right song comes on the radio in the morning, you might see my daughter and I jammin’ at a stop light on the way to school.
Music makes my soul sing.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about five different ways to listen for God. Music is one of the ways I hear God “speak to me”. There’s something about listening to Christian music that makes me feel closely connected to God.
Growing up in the Methodist church, I was used to singing straight of a hymnal on Sunday mornings. Some of my favorite songs are from a hymnal, but my church, Woodcrest Chapel, introduced me to a different kind of music several years ago — contemporary Christian music! Being able to rock out and praise God is something I never thought I would do. Most of the songs and artists I listen to are inspired by scripture, which is added to their songs, so it’s almost like I’m reading the Bible and singing at the same time!
If you’re looking for a new way to get close to God, try music.
Some of my favorite songs include:
- Only Your Love – Kari Jobe
- Praise You In This Storm – Casting Crowns
- Everything Glorious – David Crowder Band
- Give Me Faith – Elevation Worship
- I Will Look Up – Elevation Worship
- Oceans – Hillsong UNITED
- One Thing Remains – Jeff Johnson (this is the song that helped me make the decision to get baptized)
- Let Them See You — JJ Weeks Band
- You Are Everything – Matthew West
- New Lease on Life – MercyMe
- I Can Only Imagine – MercyMe
- Your Love Never Fails – Shane & Shane
- Awaken My Soul – Robbie Seay Band
- Soul on Fire – Third Day (as seen in ‘Miracles from Heaven’)
- Nothing is Impossible – Planetshakers
- Soar – Meredith Andrews
I could go on and on, but I’m pretty sure you’re already bored.
Bottom line, if you don’t like to read the Bible, journal or maybe talk to someone about God just yet, try a different skinny place — music. Turn on K-LOVE or watch one of the videos linked above. You’ll thank me later. You’re welcome.