I have googled around for similar lists on more than one occasion, but haven’t found much (or much that I like). These songs have been featured on this blog, some more than once, but I thought it might be nice to have them all in one place. I am not a particularly musical person, but I find great comfort in having truths and encouragement sung to me.
In his wonderful book Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering, Pastor Tim Keller talks about the value of being able to “talk yourself down” when in a hard trial. One way this comes is from building a foundation in your heart of truth, scripture, and song. You can also gather these things along the way, which is what I’d like to offer you today. It may seem silly and pointless, but you shouldn’t underestimate the value of repeating truth to your doubting, struggling heart and mind — even if it’s a song on repeat for the thousandth time. Maybe that thousandth time will be what finally convinces you and gives you peace. Or maybe that thousandth time will be the end and you’ll have made it through steadfastly.
It was really hard to make a short list — I kept thinking of more and more gems that blessed me! But in the end I chose ones that stuck the longest and touched the deepest. Perhaps in the future I’ll do a “Part 2.”
Please feel free to let us know which one/s speak to you the most right now, and add your own to the list to encourage the rest of us!
These are in no particular order, I think (except maybe the first one). I will add a favorite lyric with each.
1. “Sovereign Over Us” by Aaron Keyes
Even in the valley You are faithful, and You’re working for our good and for Your glory.
2. “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me, let me be singing when the evening comes.
This song isn’t particularly meant for trials, but I love the idea of daily telling your soul to bless the Lord, no matter what comes.
3. “I Need You Now” by Matt Redman
In a dry and barren land I bow down; I need you now.
4. “Though You Slay Me” by Shane and Shane, featuring John Piper
This is a great song, but I especially treasure it for the John Piper clip in the middle. His cry of “It’s not meaningless!” still rings in my heart.
5. “We Are Blessed” by All Sons and Daughters
We are loved at the end of our rope.
6. “The Lord our God” by Passion
From this darkness You will lead us, and forever we will say, “You’re the LORD our God.”
Thanks to Liana Berrus for sharing this one with me.
7. “God Moves,” Performed by Sovereign Grace Music
When tears are great,
And comforts few,
We hope in mercies ever new,
We trust in You.
(…and all of the lyrics, really!)
8. “How Firm a Foundation,” a classic hymn, I especially love the version by Chelsea Moon & the Franz Brothers
When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy trouble to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
9. “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” another classic, I also love the Chelsea Moon version, but it’s hard to find online so I’ll go a totally different direction and share this Lauryn Hill version, because why not?
10. “Taste and See” by Shai Linne – yup, it’s Christian rap. My husband and I enjoyed rocking out to this song and album in the hardest parts of our trial while being on the road a lot.
God is good all the time – no intervals!
11. “Waiting Here for You” by Christy Nockels
If faith can move the mountains, then let the mountains move.
12. “Desert Song” by Hillsong
All of my life, in every season, You are still God and I have a reason to sing.
13. “The Silence of God” by Andrew Peterson
And the Man of All Sorrows, He never forgot
What sorrow is carried by the hearts that He bought;
So when the questions dissolve into the silence of God
The aching may remain, but the breaking does not.
14. “Hold on to What you Believe” by Mumford and Sons
Hold on to what you believed in the light when the darkness has robbed you of all your sight.