More Of My Top Christian Songs For Tough Times (Pt. 2)

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” by Austin French

“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

“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

“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.

“Be Thou My Vision” by 4Him

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, 

~Caroline

My Top 7 Encouraging Christian Songs For Tough Times

Hello, friend! Welcome back to my blog. Today we will be talking about some of my favorite Christian music. I don’t know about you, but I listen to Christian music a lot. My playlist on Spotify is 7 hours long! And no, I don’t listen to it all at once, I’m not that crazy. But my music addiction is a bit off topic, so let’s get into today’s article before I stray off track.

The COVID-19 virus, or the coronavirus, is impacting all of our lives in some way right now. If you go to public school, your school is most likely closed. If you have a special event coming up, it’s probably postponed or canceled. And there’s a good chance you’ve been spending or will spend a lot of time in your house.

Basically, it’s a big deal, and really scary if you think about it. It’s hard to remember that God is in control during all of this. So I’ve chosen a few of my favorite Christian songs that can be encouraging for you during these times.

1. Sleep In The Storm – Unspoken

Sleep In The Storm talks about trusting God. It reminds me of that Bible story of Jesus and his disciples on the boat, and how Jesus slept while the disciples were panicking about the storm. Often we are like the disciples until things quiet down, but we really need to be looking to Him during the storm, not just after it or before it. 

“For the winds that seem against me
Push me right into your arms
Teach me how to sleep in the storm."

This song provides us with a beautiful reminder that the trials of life are meant to bring us closer to God. When we’re struggling and all seems hopeless, we can cry out to Him and He will be there. The second verse encourages this point:

“How will I grow if I never get rained on?”

Every struggle helps you grow in your faith. So during this time, when it feels like everything is chaotic and you’re flying in all the wrong directions, put your focus on God and remember that He is still there, helping you trust Him more and more every single day.

2. My Lighthouse – Rend Collective

Not only is “My Lighthouse” really catchy, but it contains a lot of truth too.

"My lighthouse, my lighthouse
Shining in the darkness. I will follow You.”

God is the light in the darkness, guiding us through the troubles of life. This song’s lyrics cry out that we can trust him. The song also goes on to mention not worrying about tomorrow in verse 2, which reminds me of some verses in Philippians:

“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Philippians 4:5-6

3. Way Maker – Leeland

“Way Maker” is probably my favorite of all of these. I personally listen to the live version, because I love hearing hundreds of people crying out to God along with the lead singer – it’s amazing. This song is displaying praise and trust in God, even when we don’t see it.

“And you are
Way maker, miracle worker
Promise keeper, light in the darkness
My God, that is who you are.”

God makes a way for us by both opening and closing doors in our lives. He works miracles, He keeps His promises, and He is our incredible light in the darkness. I particularly like the bridge in this song:

“Even when I don't see it, you're workin'
Even when I don't feel it, you're workin'
You never stop, you never stop workin'”

We often don’t see it, but God is always working in our lives. He has a plan, and even during this time with the coronavirus, it is all in His hands. He is working, and that should be a comfort for all of us.

4. Even Then – Micah Tyler

God never lets us go, and this song reminds of us of that in a really fun and catchy way.

“Even when it feels like my world is shaken
Even when I've had all that I can take
I know
You never let me go, whoa.”

Just like God is always working, He is also always with us. He is with us even when we’re doubting, even when we feel hopeless, He is always there, even then. 

5. Follow – Mark Schultz

As much as God is with us and working in our lives, we can and should also follow Him. He is our guide through the darkest of storms.

“I'm gonna follow my God
I hear Him saying, ‘Fear not’
Through the storms that rage
My God will make a way.”

This song is a much-needed reminder that we always have God. When life knocks us over, God is there to catch us and tell us that He is with us, we just need to see it. 

6. Lord, I Need You – Matt Maher

This song doesn’t directly address struggle and following God as the other songs do, but it is still a wonderful song that is a very humble cry out to God. 

“Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You.”

God is our defense, God hears our cries, He knows our struggles, and letting all your worries out on God can be a huge relief. 

7. Hope Returns – Matthew West

To end it off, “Hope Returns” fits into this coronavirus situation almost best of all. It’s important to stay hopeful and positive during this situation, trusting God when things get rough. However, it is also important to remember that things may not be alright in the end. 

“When your world is crashing, when your knees hit the ground
When your heart is asking, "What do I do now?"
Just when you think it can't get worse
Hold on, that's when hope returns.”

So have hope, but know that whatever happens, whether it is good or bad, God is always with you.

Conclusion

Hopefully, these songs serve as reminders and encouragement for what we’re living through right now. I also encourage you to pray while listening to these songs, to cast your worries on Him. Ask Him to help you trust Him, follow Him, and cry out to Him that you need Him. 

He’s there, and He’s got you.

I know that some of you may be suffering right now, and some of you are just trying to face daily trials and conflicts while being stuck in your house. Here’s a verse to encourage you:

“Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Romans 5:2-5

This goes back to that line in Sleep In The Storm, “How can I grow if I never get rained on?” Through our sufferings, we grow closer to God. We should run to Him because ultimately God is in control.

Final Thoughts

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Have a blessed day,

~Caroline

P.S. Remember that God is with you.