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Last updated on April 27th, 2023 at 07:19 am
Nothing pleases God more than when his people show him praise and thanksgiving. Thankfully, the artists we all love have given us plenty of options for Church worship music that will make God smile.
So, grab a pen. Here are 25 of the best worship songs that will have you asking, how great is our God?
25. “Lion and the Lamb” – Bethel Music
Bethel Music’s worship hymn, “Lion and the Lamb,” perfectly expresses God’s power and mercy. He’s the one we bow down before and praise for breaking the chains of sin and death.
Everyone will sing in praise, “Make way before the King of kings.”
24. “Raise a Hallelujah” – Bethel Music
We “Raise a Hallelujah,” too, whenever we hear this song by Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser, and Melissa Helser.
While one of the more subtle praise and worship songs that would probably first be identified as a gospel song by most because of the critical line of “I raise a hallelujah,” we see the worship element there as only to God would you be raising that hallelujah to.
23. “The Blessing” – Kari Jobe
One of the new worship songs to grace our list, “The Blessing” by Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, and Elevation Worship, hasn’t wasted time garnering popularity since its release in 2020.
With a Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song and multiple GMA Dove Award wins under its belt, we love how it incorporates that beautiful passage from the Book of Numbers.
22. “Noel” – Lauren Daigle
Regarding the best worship songs, we had to include a Christmas-themed one, and when Lauren Daigle joined Chris Tomlin for “Noel,” it became the obvious choice.
This beautifully written piece tells the glorious story of Christ’s birth and all the wonder surrounding it as it brings in words of scripture and vividly describes the scenes of that night in Bethlehem, as he’s proclaimed as the one and only “Noel.”
We’ll listen to it all year long, and we’re not ashamed.
21. “All Hail King Jesus” – Jeremy Riddle
Like so many of the best worship songs, “All Hail King Jesus” by Jeremy Riddle focuses on the events of Good Friday as Christ gave up his spirit.
Death may have thought it claimed its victory, but alas, All Hail, King Jesus, the Savior of the World.
20. “Living Hope” – Phil Wickham
When Phil Wickham released “Living Hope” in 2018, he boldly proclaimed his faith to the world.
Of the song, he said, “God has rescued us from a place that we could never have rescued ourselves. Our future was death, but Jesus came in and brought life – a living hope – into our souls and into our lives. I love singing the truth of ‘Living Hope.’”
Sing the truth, he certainly does, as the honesty in his vocals shines bright, which is the key to becoming one of the most memorable worship songs.
19. “O Come to the Altar” – Elevation Worship
Released as part of their 2018 Here as in Heaven album, “O Come to the Altar” by Elevation Worship has no end of versions to choose from when deciding which to add to your compilation of worship songs, from acoustic to radio to instrumental.
It proves that there is no end to how a song can impact you and that any version of a worship song chosen is still pleasing in the eyes of the Lord when you come to the altar into his open arms.
18. “Open the Eyes of My Heart” – Michael W. Smith
As Christians will know, Jesus never strayed away from letting people in the Bible, namely the Pharisees, learn of their spiritual blindness. Well, thanks to one of our favorite worship songs by Michael W. Smith, “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” we can remember to turn to God and ask him to help us never be blind.
We can’t help but have tears welling up in our eyes as we raise our hands and proclaim, “Open the eyes of my heart Lord. I want to see you.”
17. “King of Kings” – Hillsong Worship
Hillsong Worship’s 2019 single “King of Kings” is an exceptionally crafted song focusing on the gospels and the birth of the early church after Jesus’ resurrection.
Lyricist Brooke Ligertwood said of the song: “The Gospel is a now reality that requires a now response,” and that’s what this song does as it tells the story of Christ and, in true worship, proclaims his identity as the “King of Kings” now and forever.
16. “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” – Hillsong United
You’ll feel like you’re walking in the shoes of Peter when you listen to Hillsong United’s “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” as the song opens with the narrator saying, “You call me out upon the waters.”
Unlike Peter, however, as you sing his praises with this worship song, your faithfulness won’t waver as you feel your soul rest in his embrace.
15. “Indescribable” – Chris Tomlin
Chris Tomlin does it yet again as he gives us one of the best worship songs that praise the Lord for his creation of the world. Every day, God’s creations reveal His majesty on high, and, as Tomlin says, it’s “Indescribable.”
14. “Great Are You Lord” – All Sons & Daughters
Want to know every word and thought that perfectly describes the glory of the Lord? Then add “Great Are You Lord” by All Sons & Daughters to your best worship songs playlist.
The giver of life, the most genuine version of love? Great, indeed, are you, Lord!
13. “Your Great Name” – Natalie Grant
Natalie Grant’s 2010 single “Your Great Name” is the full expression of all that good that comes when deeds are done in the name of Jesus Christ.
With his unending love, the lost are saved, there is no shame, and the enemy is cast out “at the sound of Your great name.”
12. “This is Amazing Grace” – Phil Wickham
Phil Wickham’s 2013 single “This is Amazing Grace” has quickly risen as one of the best worship songs in modern Christian music, as evidenced by congregations worldwide that play it during worship services.
This uplifting Top 10 hit across multiple charts perfectly expresses the praise and wonder of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, made for us because of his unconditional love. We’ll worship alongside any performance as we proclaim, “Jesus, I sing for all that you’ve done for me.”
11. “Jesus Paid it All” – Kristian Stanfill
One of the older worship songs on our list, “Jesus Paid it All,” is a traditional hymn published in the late 1860s.
With many covers released over the years, Kristian Stanfill’s 2006 release stands out the most. Although his version includes some subtle changes in the original lyrics, it’s one of the reasons why his version is the most memorable while still as powerful as ever as he reminds us that because Jesus paid it all, “all to him, I owe.”
10. “Blessed Be Your Name” – Matt Redman
This 2005 Worship Song of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards is one of our favorites as Matt Redman gives us an upbeat and uplifting expression of praise for the name of the Lord.
Whether you’re on the darkest road or he’s pouring out his blessings upon you, still we will say, “Blessed Be Your Name.”
9. “In Christ Alone” – Travis Cottrell
Considered a Christian credal song, “In Christ Alone” was the first of many hymns co-written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend. It has become one of the most popular worship songs ever since, mainly when it made its debut recording with Michael English.
It has since been recorded by other famous artists such as Natalie Grant, but Travis Cottrell’s is one of the most unique. His version combines the beloved Christian contemporary music lyrics with another favorite piece of music, “The Solid Rock,” to create one perfect tune we love to listen to repeatedly.
8. “I Still Believe” – Jeremy Camp
It’s easy to say you believe in God when everything is going right, but Jeremy Camp reminds us just how much more of a statement it is to say you still believe amid tragedy.
Knowing that he penned “I Still Believe” in the wake of his first wife, Melissa’s death gives us hope; hope that as long as we keep that same faith, God’s truth will always shine brightest in the wake of our dark times, too.
7. “Here I Am to Worship” – Randy Travis
Read chapter two of Paul’s letter to the Philippians, and you’ll know what inspired Tim Hughes to pen “Here I Am to Worship” in 1999, which he subsequently released as part of his debut album of the same name two years later.
While we appreciate the performance of the artist who gifted the world with the song, we have to give props to Randy Travis’s honest and humble cover for his 2005 Glory Train: Songs of Faith, Worship, and Praise album. We can’t help but get goosebumps when his deep baritone voice proclaims, “Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, here I am to say that you’re my God.”
It makes us want to listen, “Forever and Ever, Amen.”
6. “Holy Spirit” – Francesca Battistelli
When discussing worship songs praising God, you can’t forget the third person in the Trinity. Thankfully, Francesca Battistelli takes care of that in her 2014 song, “Holy Spirit.”
After all, it was the Holy Spirit who descended on the apostles at Pentecost and represents the presence of Christ in Christians across the world. Why wouldn’t we turn this up loud as we can when we’re ready to open up our hearts to the Holy Spirit’s grace?
5. “In the Hands of the Potter” – Casting Crowns
Abba, Father, mold us like clay in your hands, just as the beloved Christian rock band proclaims in their 2018 song, “In the Hands of the Potter.”
There’s no better way to worship than to entirely give yourself into His hands so that He may mold you into His perfect creation as He helps us find rest in Him.
4. “Waymaker” – Michael W. Smith
Joined by Vanessa Campagna and Madelyn Berry, Michael W. Smith’s cover of the 2015 single by Nigerian gospel singer Sinach, there’s nothing more uplifting than proclaiming all the beautiful things God is to the world.
“Waymaker” is such a universal proclamation of praise to the “light in the darkness” that it has been translated into 50 languages and is sung at churches worldwide.
3. “This I Believe (The Creed)” – Hillsong Worship
What better way to worship God in song than to pull up Hillsong Worship’s musical version of the Apostle’s Creed, “This I Believe?” It’s the most straightforward profession of praise to the Lord that could ever be proclaimed.
Even more, when you gather with fellow believers and sing it along with them, every voice lifted up is enough to feel the power of God throughout the entire room.
2. “Lord, I Need You” – Matt Maher
When you’re feeling down and need lifting up, queue up “Lord, I Need You” by Matt Maher, and you’ll have the perfect expression of worship and a reminder that God is always right there by your side.
Released as part of his 2013 compilation album, All the People Said Amen, it’s been deemed one of the beloved singer’s most dynamic songs, and we can see why. With every listen, it hits us even more significantly and profoundly, making it one of the best worship songs on our list.
1. “How Great Thou Art” – Carrie Underwood
We have just one thing to say: The Academy of Country Music presents Girls’ Night Out. When that live special was released in 2011, Carrie Underwood, with the help of fellow country superstar Vince Gill, gave us one of the most stunning renditions of “How Great Thou Art” that we’ve ever had the pleasure to hear.
Already one of the best worship songs ever written, Underwood’s emotional, power-packed vocals on the classic hymn took it to all-new heights. Like the audience that night, it brought us to tears by the end and sends goosebumps through us every time we hear it.
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