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Songs That Move Our Souls and Bring Us Closer to Christ
Power in the words
Music has the power to move people. It can cause you to laugh, cry, get angry and even make you feel that everything is alright. I have been a part of the musical world for over a decade, playing bass in various bands and currently touring with a gospel group. I have seen music bring people to the edge of their own reality. I have seen music reach out to a person and let them know it was alright to make the choice to serve God. It's amazing how sometimes people fail to grasp certain aspects of what music really can do. I wanted to take this time to just list a few songs that inspire me, and tell you why they do. I hope you enjoy it.
Tired of Living Unforgiven
For those who do not know of the Crabb Family I suggest you hear this song. This group make it their goal to impress the ideas that God is not just a force that you must obey but that he is a friend we can depend on forever. This song really captures that. I particularly like the lyric "always run from debts already paid, I'm tired of living unforgiven". It emphasizes that Jesus already paid the debt of our sins. Recently I played this song with my group at church and watched a woman run to the alter. This is a great example of how a song can move on someone.
I also like when Jason says "I'm letting go of old regrets, How many times can I take back words i've said. And there are some I never will forget. I'm tired of living unforgiven." There is so much power in this song, especially for the christian out there who is struggling with their life.
Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone
Few songs move people quite the way Amazing Grace does. It is a pivotal anthem for the christian soul. Chris Tomlin's take on the age old hymn was not only a beautiful breath of fresh air but one of those songs that just reach out to you and take you by the heart. This is one of those songs that define a person's commitment to Christ. It is also a song that even if you are not a follower of the Lord you can feel the very soothing of the music. Tomlin's variation is a very creative way to interpret the meaning behind the original song.
I really fell in love with this song after I heard my friend's mom sing it at a funeral. Seeing the eyes of the congregation teared up and knowing that inside of them decisions and emotions were stirring simply because this song sparked it. The meaning of the song is so complete. It details how we are all chained down by the world and when we choose God we break those chains and restraints and we are free to live the life we were meant to live.
Drinking From My Saucer
The first thought I had with this song was my grandma drinking coffer from the saucer. I always got a kick out of it. The first time I heard this song was when my friend Robin Little sung it. I was dropped to the floor with emotion. We take for granted so much what we fail to see. We are quick to pinpoint the bad in our lives but for some reason we fail to see the good. Micheal Combs is the mastermind behind this popular song. He puts every ounce of his soul into it.
I like how the song tells us that even though we may never be rich in money we can always be rich in the Lord, Jesus Christ. One of my favorite lyrics is "As I go along life's journey I am reaping better than I've sowed". Isn't that the case with most of us? We are all going to fall short of the glory of God, it's our nature but sometimes we need to be reminded that we always have it easier than certain people. Look at Jesus. He went through more then anyone of us can imagine and he did it for people he knew would deny him and turn away. This song reminds us we need to show thanks for what we do have and quit worrying about what we don't.
Not the typical inspirational ditty this song means a lot to me. I am the christian that wears different clothes, and has interest that some church members feel awkward about. I am the guy that is quick to say don't judge me. This song is right there for those people. It is for those who have martyred themselves for the Lord. This song even references John The Baptist.
DC Talk have been calling out to the christian soul that just doesn't seem to fit in for some time. Their words are moving and really if people could get past the fact that it is not a traditional style approach to christian music they will truly be blessed. Jesus Freak was a song that really called out to teens who were struggling with God. It made it alright to say I am different but your God is my God as well. My christian walk has been made much smoother because of this song.
No song really captures the story of Jesus' resurrection quite like this one. It was done by the Paynes, but the video I have included is of my friends Unity. These guys walk the walk for the Lord every day. This song is a detailed conversation between Death and Satan about Death's ability to hold Jesus in that borrowed grave. It is an epic and haunting work that shows how Satan originally thought he had won by Jesus losing his life when in reality we were the victors. When Jesus gave up his life on that rugged cross he did it to make a way that we all could get to heaven.
The song is a great way to look at the real power of Christ. Even death who had held so many great men down could not hold Jesus. Jesus simply walked out of the holds and bindings of death and proved he is the way, the truth and the life. I recommend this to anyone who is questioning the real goals of religion. Christ came so that we could have life and of most things everlasting life.
I like the intro lead on this song as it sets up the haunting melody that rides throughout the song. I want to thank Unity for putting this on Youtube.
Take Me To The River
This next song is one that holds a dear place in my heart. The video you see is actually my group, Simple harvest. I am the bass player for those interested. This was the first real gospel song I had ever played on bass and it was my introduction into how I could serve the Lord. The song is about that journey and how it may be a long hard one but no journey will ever be more rewarding.
Robin sings in this and his voice amplifies a love for the saviour that has been a backbone for our ministry. This song tells of how we will cross the river into Heaven with a feeling of joy that we just can't find here. It's a moving song that really captivates us to make that trek across the river.
Music can move the spirit and put the spirit on people. While we must endeavor here on Earth we must find our way of connecting with the Father and for some of us, myself included, music is the means that make that connection possible. I hope that these songs at least make you feel a little better for a little while. I thank you for reading and God Bless.