The shelves at my favorite local bookstores devote considerable space to self-improvement and how-to books. There are books on how to be healthy, happy, and wealthy. Other titles advise potential readers on success, marriage, parenting, and living the good life.
In many ways, the Bible, God’s revelation of truth and Himself, is an instruction book guiding us in ways to live life. Scripture encourages us to live a life pleasing to the Lord and to play well with others. The Bible offers a broad breadth of advice on life matters including experiencing joy, cheerful giving, and sound financial planning. Scripture also teaches us how to model our lives after Christ, how to pray, how to worship, how to grieve, and numerous other spiritual disciplines.
Hymns and worship songs also help us grow in our spiritual life through sharing truths, turning our focus from ourselves to God and to others, and girding our faith. Songs express our thoughts and feelings about God and the work He has done, is doing, and will do in our lives as well as all around us.
Spending time in God’s word and reading the words in your favorite church hymnal or songbook can do wonders for your outlook and spiritual growth. These invaluable resources provide us with the means to preserve and endure in our faith. They remind us to trust God because He is faithful and keeps His promises.
What are some of your favorite church songs?
Here are a few of my favorite hymns, worship, and praise songs.
- Amazing Grace-John Newton (1779)
- A Mighty Fortress is Our God-Martin Luther (1527-29?)
- How Great Thou Art-Carl Gustav Boberg (1885)
- Great is Thy Faithfulness-Thomas Chisolm (1923)
- Come Thy Fount of Every Blessing-Robert Robinson (1757)
- How Great is Our God-Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves (2004)
- In Christ Alone-Keith Getty and Stuart Townend (2001)
- 10,000 Reasons-Matt Redman (2011)
Alongside Scripture, songs help us connect with God, reflect on His goodness and grace, and remind us how to live like Jesus.
Be sure and share your favorite hymns and spiritual songs in the comment section below.
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