No sort of creative introduction on this post. These are some praise and worship songs that I enjoy very much and I continually come back to them time and time again. (Apologies in advance if any of the links are broken after the time of posting)
10. I Surrender All- Ascend The Hill
Ascend The Hill’s album “Hymns: Take The World But Give Me Jesus” is a fantastic compilation of new renditions of old hymns, and “I Surrender All” is one of my favorites from the album.
9. How Great Thou Art- Ascend The Hill
Another favorite from Ascend The Hill. I get goosebumps every time at 4:10.
8. Search My Heart- Hillsong United
Of course there was going to be some Hillsong on the list. I first heard “Search My Heart” while in Cuenca, Ecuador. I have fond memories of listening to it while we drove around the beautiful city of Cuenca.
7. With Everything- Hillsong United
Going to stick with another Hillsong favorite. I haven’t met anyone that doesn’t love “With Everything.” It’s so wonderful listening to the crowd uniting in one voice of worship.
6. One Thirst- Bethel Church
No comments, just take a listen.
5. How He Loves- Will Reagan and Laura Hackett
Next, a quiet, solemn song. This is my favorite rendition of “How He Loves.” I love the slow buildup. This song was also used in the incredibly powerful documentary, “Nefarious.” which take an in depth look at the complex problem of modern-day slavery
4. It Is Well With My Soul- Aaron Ivey
Another quieter song.“It Is Well With My Soul” is perhaps my favorite hymn, and this is certainly my favorite rendition of it. I’ve shared this one before. Once again I love the slow buildup.
3. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)- The Digital Age
I really like the original “Oceans” by Hillsong United but I’ve fallen in love with The Digital Age’s version of it. Goosebumps at 4:15.
2. All The Poor And Powerless- The Digital Age
Another rendition by The Digital Age. The lyrics in this song especially get to me. “Shout it, Go on and scream it from the mountains, Go on and tell it to the masses, that He is God.” Isn’t that what we are supposed to be doing in worship? Isn’t that what we’re supposed to be doing daily? And the fact that they actually start screaming it makes me love this song all the more.
If that wasn’t your cup of tea here’s another version of “All The Poor And Powerless” that I really like, this time by Tim Neufeld.
1. Set a Fire- Will Reagan & United Pursuit
Finally, here is my all-time favorite praise and worship song. Firstly, I love the entire “Live At the Banks House” album from Will and United Pursuit. So just go and listen to the entire thing. But if you have to pick a specific song to listen to then I suggest you listen to “Set a Fire.” It’s so simple, but such genuine, beautiful, intimate worship. This is the type of worship that I love; free-flowing, guided by the Spirit. The song continually flows from crescendo to crescendo, like a breathing organism. Isn’t that what worship should be? With every breath we take shouldn’t we be worshiping God? The entire album is like this, it’s so fantastic.
It truly is my prayer that God would “set a fire down in my soul, that I can’t contain, that I can’t control.” May that fire explode out from me through everything I say and everything I do. May I have an incredible passion to serve and worship my Lord and Savior; may this fire never waver.
Honorable Mention: As long as we’re talking about albums, I really love Phil Wickham’s “Singalong 2.” I especially love the opening song, “Heaven Fall Down” and also this version of “You’re Beautiful.” What a talented guy, all he needs is a guitar and his voice. I was able to see him live once when he visited Taylor University, what a great experience. Anyway, give it a listen, why not?