“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”
Ps. 9:1-2, ESV
When I’m overwhelmed and exhausted, one of the best ways I’ve found to connect with Jesus is listening to Christian music. We’ve all been moved by a song sometime in our lives, whether it’s a special song that was “our song” with our spouse or one that got us through a hard time in the past.
Christian music has the ability to connect with us in those ways and helps us to abide in Jesus throughout our days. When I was a teenager, listening to songs like Point of Grace’s “Jesus Will Still Be There” got me through some very hard days. On the other hand, listening to Toby Mac’s song “Feel It” has helped me connect with my sons as I introduce them to Christian music.
Songs also have the ability to stick with us and play on a continuous track in our heads months or even years after we last heard them. Often God has used songs I’ve heard years before to encourage me at just the right moment. Even as I write these ideas for you, old church songs like “Nearer my God to Thee” and “Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross” play in my head throughout the day.
No matter what type of music you like, there’s a Christian artist out there who sings it. Check out national radio stations like KLOVE or AIR1. You can Google to find others in your area or search phone apps like Amazon Music or Spotify.
Some of my favorite children’s Christian music like Seeds Family Worship and Go Fish Guys are available on Amazon Music. Other favorites like Jeremy Camp, Hillsong, Hawk Nelson, and Third Day are often on a radio station or app.
Today, begin listening to Christian music on a regular basis. The connection it gives you to God and the encouragement it brings will give you hope and lift your spirits even on the hardest days.
What songs are your favorites to help you abide in Jesus? Please share them in the comments below! I’d love to find some new favorites.
Where will you begin your search for more music to strengthen your walk with Jesus?
Abiding with Kids
If your kids are young, they might like artists like Go Fish Guys, Family Worship Seeds, or Slugs and Bugs. If they are older, introduce them to artists like Jeremy Camp, Hawk Nelson, and Toby Mac. Getting God in your kids’ ears gives them a good soundtrack to play through their minds. It also gives them good messages instead of the ones often found on popular radio. Your favorite music app or Youtube are good places to look.
What are your kids’ favorite songs and artists? Please share in the comments!
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