One of my favorite things about my Write 31 Days series last year was the Sunday Soundtrack every week. Music is powerful. Scripture says the Lord inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). When we confess our faith, we glorify God by speaking the truth about His goodness. Y’all, there is power in speaking truth because Jesus IS Truth (John 14:6).
So, if we speak about God’s goodness
and sing about God’s goodness,
it is GOOD for us!
To focus on God’s goodness, I’ve made a Spotify playlist that you can find here (you will need the free app to be able to play this).
Or, you can watch/listen to the songs on Youtube—I’ve got links in the list below. Each week, on Sunday, I will give you six more songs to help you celebrate God’s goodness. I hope they encourage you as much as they encourage me. Sometimes I just need to be still and soak in the Truth. Here’s this week’s list:
- SHOUT TO THE LORD Shane & Shane take on this classic praise song based on Psalm 98: “Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy…Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the earth and all living things join in. Let the rivers clap their hands in glee! Let the hills sing out their songs of joy before the Lord…” (Psalm 98:4, 7-9, NLT).
- BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD Shane & Shane strikes again! I also love the Chris Rice version. The kids and I were listening to this song the other day and talking about how it’s the perfect explanation of the gospel, the finished work of Christ: “Before the throne of God above, I have a strong, a perfect plea. A great high Priest whose Name is Love, Who ever lives and pleads for me…” The lyrics were written in the 1860’s and the tune that we are all familiar with was written in 1997 (read more about this interesting story here). I just love this song!
- EL SHADDAI Oh my goodness! Amy Grant!! 1982!!! This song is from my childhood. I can remember it being current, which totally dates me! HA! El Shaddai is the Hebrew Name of God that translates in English as God Almighty. This is your typical worship song that just repeats the same words over and over, but yessiree, this is a good one.
- HOLY, HOLY. HOLY This is one of those songs that allows us to sing what the angels sing before the throne in heaven. Amazing thought. Also amazing is Stephen Curtis Chapman who appears to be aging in dog years — like 7 years for us is 1 year for him. He resembles a slightly wrinkled Doogie Howser, but he sings like one of the angels.
- BE THOU MY VISION Jars of Clay tackled this traditional Irish hymn that was first published in 1912. This groovy, acoustic version is very updated — but the song was originally published as a poem in traditional Irish/Gaelic some time around the 8th century. It was and set to music and released in 1912.
- O WORSHIP THE KING by Chris Tomlin is both a traditional hymn and a praise song, because all the best hymns ARE praise songs, after all. This is another one I can remember singing in church — I love that God is called the Ancient of Days. I love this Name of God! Click here for the really neat story behind this hymn.
Well friends, it is hard to believe that we’re entering Week Four of the Write 31 Days challenge. This year we have 5 Sundays so next week I will recap all the music from all 4 weeks of the Sunday Soundtracks.
Which song from our list is your favorite? Do you have one to add? Anyone out there on Spotify?? If not, you can download the app here and follow me (I just use the free version to make playlists that I listen to on my computer). Do you create playlists on iTunes, Amazon, or somewhere else? How do you like it?