Hello friends! Welcome to another article. Today I’ll be doing a part 2 to my article, “My Top 7 Christian Songs For Tough Times.” Let’s get into it!
“Why God” may seem like a song questioning God’s will, and it is in some ways. The first couple of verses reference hard things that happen in life and asks God why they happen. Then, as the singer begins with the words leading up to the chorus, he starts singing about how he doesn’t understand, but he understands why he needs God.
Why God, I need You It's, why God, I run to Your arms Over and over again It's, why God, I cling to Your love And hold on for dear life And I find, You are right by my side
Through suffering, we realize how much we really need God, and this song speaks that truth and confesses with humility how much we really need God.
“I Choose To Worship” by Rend Collective talks about how we can choose to worship, even through suffering.
I will praise You through the fire Through the storm and through the flood There is nothing that could ever steal my song In the valley You are worthy, you are good when life is not You will always and forever be my song
It’s a reminder that God is good and we can and always should praise Him.
“Fear No More” by Building 429 begins with how we can’t know what’s going to happen, and we won’t always understand it. We have to trust what God has planned for us, even if it’s not what we wanted.
This isn't what I'd choose But it's where I'm finding You When I'm broken and undone Your mercy's just begun
Fear no more, God’s got it under control.
There are several versions of “Be Thou My Vision,” as it’s an old hymn, so you can listen to any of them. But this is the one I personally like since it’s easy to sing. “Be Thou My Vision” is a song my family and I have sung a few times during this time in quarantine, and I’ve grown to like it.
This hymn is a call out to God to be our vision, to lead us and help us keep our eyes on Him. My favorite verse is:
Riches I need not, nor man's empty praise Thou mine inheritance now and always Thou and Thou only first in my heart High king of heaven my treasure Thou art
We don’t need anything in this world since Jesus’s sacrifice gave us an imperishable inheritance. This is an important reminder we all need to hear.
What Do I Mean By “We Come Closer To God Through Suffering”?
I use this phrase a lot, and some of you may not understand how that’s relevant or not quite understand, so I want to take a moment and explain it.
How often do you think about God in your daily life? How often do you depend on him when doing daily tasks? Probably not often, but don’t worry, I’m guilty of this as well. Often we think we can handle basic tasks ourselves, and though we should glorify and trust God in everything we do, we often don’t.
And that’s where the struggle and suffering comes in. If God didn’t smack us in the face with the frying pan occasionally, we would probably think we could handle everything ourselves! When we face things we can’t control, our faith is strengthened in God. That’s what I mean when I say we can come closer to God through suffering.
Final Thoughts (And A Look Ahead)
Thank you for joining me today! I hope these songs are encouraging for you- and that I helped you understand what they mean. A quick update on what’s happening next: I won’t be posting this next Friday (May 15th) due to final exams. However, I will be back the week after that with more content, so stay tuned, and please consider signing up for my email list so that you’ll be notified when I post!
Have a blessed day,