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Contemporary Christian Songs To Energize Your Day

Updated on November 8, 2013
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Bill Watson has authored 3 books and many articles online and for print publications such as Sports Afield, Income Opportunties and more.

Energize With These Contemporary Christian Songs To Start Your Day Off Right!

These are the best Contemporary Christian songs to energize you.

I collected them here because after many years of being on the wrong path I've recently started attending a local non-denominational Christian church.

There I have found what has been missing in my life. There is great joy in spending time with other believers. And there's a great message nearly every week (although I wonder why the pastor spends so much time aiming it straight at me, LOL).

One of the best aspects is the church band that performs worship music consisting of an acoustic guitarist and three vocalists, sometimes with drums, bass and keyboards. Regardless of the configuration the music never fails to energize, inspire and set the mood for receiving the message to come.

Wanting to inject that same energy daily, I searched for Contemporary Christian songs performed and sang in a way that grabbed me, lifted me, shook me and supported what took me so many wasted years to learn the hard way:

It doesn't matter what the question is or how big the problem is, Jesus is the answer. These songs reinforce that truth.

Here are a few of the original tracks as well as live performances I've discovered. Some are years old, but being out of the Christian loop they're new to me and, WOW, what amazing work.

If you listen to just one or two each morning, or whenever they fit in your schedule for the next thirty days, I'm guessing you'll find yourself as full of hope, energy and enthusiasm to carry you through the day as I do.

Amy Grant - Better Than A Hallelujah

Here is the studio version as well as a version of Amy performing it at a grocery store/restaurant in Lieper's Fork, TN, near where she lives. Both are great but I prefer the organic live hallelujah version better than the studio drum machined hallelujah.

Whom Shall I Fear (Angel Armies) - Chris Tomlin

"The one who reigns forever; He is a friend of mine

The God of angel armies is always by my side"

Do you need uplifting Christian songs in your life daily? This is a GREAT one!

I Need A Miracle - Third Day

"No matter who you are and no matter what you've done, there will come a time when you can not make it on your own"

Are you nearly out of hope, suffering with an addiction you can't beat, that's taken control of your life? Are you feeling depressed due to life's circumstances? Do you feel like you're about at the end of your rope?

Tie a knot, hang on and let Jesus in! He will give you hope in bucket loads!

Party Tyme Karaoke - Contemporary Christian 3 (16-song CD+G)
Party Tyme Karaoke - Contemporary Christian 3 (16-song CD+G)

Contains Christian hits like Give Me Your Eyes made popular by Brandon Heath, What Faith Can Do made popular by Kutless, as well as songs made popular by Chris Tomlin, Natalie Grant, MercyMe, Francesca Battistelli, Third Day and other Christian artists!

WOW Hits 2013 [2 CD]
WOW Hits 2013 [2 CD]

!This WOW series is powerful.

Check out these songs straight off the Billboard 2013 Contemporary Christian charts.

Wow Worship (Purple)(2CD)
Wow Worship (Purple)(2CD)

More WOW

Great songs and you can preview them, nuy just one song or the whole collection!

X 2011: Christian Rock Hits
X 2011: Christian Rock Hits

If you like to rock a little harder here are songs by Switchfoot and other rock guitar based Christian bands.

Buy singles or the whole collection.


Free To Be Me - Francesca Battistelli

Another positive, inspiring Contemporary Christian song with a great message!

Newsboys - He Reigns

My favorite song right now. This isn't exactly new but if you're just starting your Christian walk it will be new to you and will bless you with an energized start for many mornings to come. I especially like the lyrics in the last verse. Powerful!

Be sure to check out both versions.

Need to Breathe - Washed By The Water

Here is the studio version as well as an acoustic duo version made during a radio broadcast.

Man, that B3 organ on the studio version is like manna straight from heaven!

Sidewalk Prophets - Live Like That

Coffey Anderson

I love these tunes! Coffey sings great! Be sure to check out both.

Andy Cherry - Rise

Bible Verses About Energy and Strength

God lives on the inside; roaring like a tiger

Okay, technically, he's roaring like a lion but I didn't have a picture of a lion so I decided tiger is a reasonable substitution, lol.

He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increase in strength. Isaiah 40:29

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11

I can do all this through Him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:31

Jesus Culture

If you listen to nothing else today check out this video of Kim Walker-Smith singing Rooftops. Her voice is amazing and she's so caught up in the spirit you can not help but be caught up too.

This one isn't on You Tube, It's on God Tube so you need to click the link to get to it.

Sanctus Real - Lead Me

If you have kids you'll definitely want to listen to this! It's one of the most inspiring Christian songs about the connection between a parent, their child and putting Jesus first.

More Christian Music!

More songs I've collected together in a neat little package for your listening enjoyment!

Is it a Christian Song?

Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah

It's indisputably a great song. The melody is beautiful. And Hallelujah means "Glory To God."

But is it Christian?

Wiki says Leonard slaved over the song for years, writing about 80 verses before pruning it back. And some versions don't even contain all the verses Leonard compacted into the official version.

Much of it is polysemic lyric writing. Polysemy means to write something that has at least two meanings. Cohen was obviously aiming for a song that would be about a love relationship as well as about man's relationship with God. He is contrasting the perfect love of God for man against the imperfect love of human relationships in which humans strive for perfect love, but always come up short.

He is on track to his goal in the first two verses. But the scheme goes haywire after that, as he goes a little too heavy on the human relationship aspect for this song, in its entirety, to be taken seriously as a Christian song, The "dove was moving too" verse is especially troubling. It can be interpreted as religious but to do so you have to ignore the far more obvious: It's hard to misconstrue the verse as being about anything other than a human recalling past sexual experiences. In spite of the cleverness employed, it takes a bit of suspended realization to accept is as purely about the spiritual, .

It's been recorded by many Christian artists, sung in churches and the lyric is certainly open to interpretation on an individual basis. But I really don't believe it's authentically a Christian song, more like an extremely clever song about human love relationships with a lot of references to the Bible and God tossed in for good measure.

But by choosing to use only a portion of the verses, it can easily make the grade.

Alaxandra Burke - Hallelujah!

Alexandra Burke's performance here is off the hook..

Newsboys - God's Not Dead

At least some of this song's subject almost surely refers to physicist Stephen Hawking's press releases and various interviews he gave in 2011. To sum up his proclamations: "There is no God, heaven is nothing but a fairy tale, there is no need of God, therefore He doesn't exist, and I, Stephen Hawking, have the proof."

This amazing "news" (actually a fairy tale itself) made headlines all over the world.

Of course Hawking was desperate to promote his new book at the time and apparently decided a radical proclamation, one that he has zero qualifications to determine, might help sales. Maybe he was on heavy medication or something at the time but the ruse to sell books greatly decreased the credibility of a man with a long career, who had accomplished much in spite of severe physical disabilities..

In fact, his "no-God necessary" conclusion is supposedly based on M-Theory (a.k.a. string theory) and if you can stand to wade deeply enough into convoluted nuttiness to understand it, you'll soon realize it's simply an unproven idea, impossible to confirm by the scientific method, based on an abstract and ludicrous concept.

The very existence of M-theory is due to the "stubborn refusal of enthusiasts to abandon their faith." That's a quote from atheist John Horgan who slammed the Hawking book. He doesn't buy into the concept of M-Theory or a baseline key component of it, the anthropic principle. "The anthropic principle has always struck me as so dumb that I can't understand why anyone takes it seriously," says Horgan.

Maybe instead of calculating numbers and applying convoluted logic Stephen Hawking should have gone straight to the source of true wisdom, The Holy Bible?

"The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." (Psalm 14:1-4)

"Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap." (Galatians 6:7)

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither." (Psalm 1:1-6)

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge." (Proverbs 1:7)

"O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust , avoiding profane and vain babblings, and the oppositions of science falsely so called: which some professing have erred concerning the faith." (1 Timothy 6:20-21)

Hawking says God doesn't exist.

God, through His Word says He does exist.

Who do you believe?

Hawking has credentials, of sorts, he has been alive for about 70 years; has spent about 50 of those years working in the field of physics; has written several books that quickly faded into obscurity or are in the process of it, has had a couple of buildings named after him, including the Stephen Hawking Building in Cambridge, and of course, the BBC has crowned him with the title of "one of 100 greatest Britons."

In fact, although after he dies he'll mostly be a forgotten blip on the screen of world history I bet he may well survive as a footnote in a newly written book or two, fifty, a hundred or maybe even two hundred years after he dies. He may even still have a page on Wikipedia for many years after his death. Amazing stuff, no doubt.

But God has a few credentials Himself.

He is the Alpha and Omega, He has no beginning and no end. He has worked in the field of physics for the earth's entire existence. He created the earth and everything in it.

His Word is The Holy Bible, by far the best selling book in the history of the world and it's more relevant today than it was when it was first introduced 2,000 years ago.

3.7 million Christian churches currently in use bear His name.

He has been crowned for all time and eternity as The Lord of Lords and The King of Kings. Much of the world's past history and most of it to come will revolve around Him.

His voice commands water to move and light to shine.

Because he chants and supports their favorite "God doesn't exist you stupid Christians" mantra, the atheistic leftist media adores Hawking. They often portray him as possessing genius beyond genius, the greatest physicist ever. Yet all I've ever known of him to do is crunch some numbers and make some educated guesses. Obviously some were wrong, some even contradicted his own earlier conclusions.

In summing up what Hawking has accomplished, let's say that again: He has done some impressive calculating and thinking, made several conclusions, a portion of which turned out to be wrong.

In contrast note that God turned people into pillars of salt, parted the red sea, created the world, created everything in it and walked on water. Now THAT'S what I call knowing and mastering physics!

"For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness." (1st Corinthians 3:19)

Hawking will die and fade off into obscurity, at best he'll be remembered as a historical curiosity piece. God will endure forever.

Oh, The Newsboys have it so very right!

Here's where you can comment on the songs above, recommend other songs, ask for prayer for a specific situation or praise Jesus.

HTML is rejected by the filters so please limit song recommendations to the artist, song title and comments about it, no links please. Part of the fun will be poking around to find the recommended song.

Questions or debate about Christianity from atheists, agnostics or people of other faiths are fine and quite welcome. But Christian bashing isn't going to work here, don't waste your time.


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      3 years ago

      Newsboys did not write that song. it is a cover.

    • craig57 lm profile image

      craig57 lm 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for the lens!

    • amandascloset0 profile image


      5 years ago

      Lead me is also one of my favorites! Glad to see it here! Thanks for making this great lens

    • Writingmystory1 profile image


      5 years ago

      I just heard a great song, Lead Me by Samctus Real, you should check it out!

      Also I love Chris Tomlin's Whom Shall I Fear! Thanks for including it!

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      5 years ago



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