Covered (Planetshakers, 2015)| Back in New Orleans, this song used to be a part of our worship in the church I used to attend. It took me a while to learn or better still accept the lyrics of this song and its efficacy in my life. But the ineffable divine influence of God and his continous show of mercy, even when I did not merit it brought me to my knees one Sunday and since then, this song has been a part of me.
Favorite verse: No matter what I’ve done, no matter where I’ve been, no matter how I fall, You pick me up again, You have removed my shame, You take me as I am, You call me justified, now I am covered by your grace.
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noaVWlI0KiA
Rescue (Lauren Daigle, 2019)| This song got me through the death of a very dear friend. I remember just sitting on the floor and wondering if my heart was ever going to stop breaking. Then the Holy Spirit led me to this song and it wrapped around me like a warm hug. I felt raw, exposed even, yet comforted by the Holy Spirit. I didn’t feel so alone anymore and I knew no matter how long it took, I was going to be okay.
Favorite verse: I hear the whisper underneath your breath, I hear you whisper, you have nothing left. I will send out an army to find you in the middle of the darkest night it’s true, I will rescue you…
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYR0xP1j4PY
Trust In You (Anthony Brown & group therAPy, 2017)| I first heard this song on a date. It was a Sunday evening and I had a meeting with an auspicious fellow. We ended up in his car, on our way to get some yogurt and he had this tune playing for a while. It stuck in my memory long after the night had ended. I began listening to it on nights when I couldn’t sleep. It was during this period that my service in the house of God grew. This song definitely saved me.
Favorite Verse: You did not create me to worry, You did not create me to fear. But you created me to worship daily so I’mma leave it all right here…
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va5I6MOF-8M
So will I (100 Billion X) (Hillsong Worship, 2018)| I shared a bit about this song back in 2018 on Instagram. I had newly relocated to the U.S and desperately needed a worship home. This song became the foundation for me to surrender my autonomy to Christ. Now, I am led by the one who leads everyone else. And nothing else would do, I just want to be led by him.
Favorite verse: Like You would again a hundred billion times, but what measure could amount to Your desire, You’re the one who never leaves the one behind.
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfVd5x9W1Xc
New Wine (Hillsong Worship, 2018)| I recently stumbled on this song about 4 days ago on Instagram and it has become one of those songs I have to key into when worshipping. Think about this: If the Father, the vinedresser, is interested in the fruitfulness of the vine, who are you to stand in the way of him making new wine out of you?
Favorite verse: I yield to You and to Your careful hand, when I trust You I don’t need to understand…
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbJaM_EneMw
Reckless Love (Corey Asbury, 2017)| A lot of believers are familiar with this worship song. It speaks about the overwhelming love of God. Even when we do not see or feel it, it is always there. It seeks to make whole and it reminds us that no matter how far we stray, God is always willing to welcome us home.
Favorite verse: I couldn’t earn it, I don’t deserve it, still You give yourself away… there’s no shadow You won’t light up, mountains You won’t climb up coming after me…
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xx0d3R2LoU
I Am Who You Say I am ( Hillsong Worship, 2018)| I come alive every time this song comes on. We are dealing with who society thinks we should be, what our external appearances should look like, where we should be by a certain age, and quite honestly, who we should worship. But I am who God says I am and when I forget it, this song reminds me.
Favorite verse: Who am I that the Highest King Would welcome me…
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcC1Bp13n_4
Leave Me Astounded (Planetshakers, 2014)| In 2014, I was a young girl just struggling with her faith in Christ and all manner of sins of the flesh. I remember the constant nightmares and the constant mistakes I kept making in a bid to find my identity. I really had nowhere else to turn so I ran back home like the prodigal son. One night, I knelt down in my room and I cried for the Glory of God to just show up. These days, I listen to this song on my way to school, and when my courses become too hard to manage. God has not failed me yet.
Favorite verse: Leave me astounded, leave me amazed, show off Your glory, let heaven invade. We’re waiting with worship, we’re waiting with praise, for the almighty presence of God to invade…
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_wB-RDmaEE
Broken Vessel (Hillsong Worship, 2014)| A broken and contrite heart, God will not despise (Psalm 51:17).
Favorite verse: You take our failure, You take our weakness, You set Your treasure in jars of clay. So take this heart Lord, I’ll be Your vessel, the world to see Your life in me…
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiyYoe678yI
Good And Loved (Travis Greene & Steffany Gretzinger, 2019)| Ecclesiastes 3.1-13 talks about times and seasons. This is why this song is so uplifting. It inspires patience and confidence in God because hard times do not last forever.
Favorite verse: They’ll be times when you’re up and times when you’re down. I am never too far, just look around and you’ll find me. I am by your side, arms open wide, I am good, you are loved.
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DefL-oJpjo8
Made For Worship (Planetshakers, 2014)| More than anything, this is a song of gratitude. God is not a magician, he is not in the business of waving his magic wand to meet our needs. God sits in heaven and makes the earth his footstool. He resides in a place of impenetrable light. He deserves to be praised always for who he is and not because we expect something from him. This song reminds me all the time to judge myself in the light of his purity and worship him from a place of sincere gratitude.
Favorite verse: I was made to worship, I was made for your embrace. I was made to worship, I was made to bless your Name.
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsIOIaTdeKA
All Things (David & Nicole Binion, 2018)| This used to be one of my pastor’s favorite songs back in Nigeria. I inherited this mental note for him: Just because you don’t see God working, does not mean he isn’t. It is about trusting and trusting and trusting…
Favorite verse: I see it breaking on the horizon, the dark of night giving way to the dawn. The day is coming, and hope is rising, Your joy will be my strength, Your joy will be my song…
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR-WF7J6Sf8
Excess Love (Mercy Chinwo, 2018)| This song took Nigeria by storm, and dare I say the world. God loves us and sometimes it is the hardest truth to accept, especially when we are dealing with the inevitable hardships of life. When my brother (from another mother and father) passed away earlier this year, I had to will myself to understand that regardless of the darkness, light will always win. And regardless of the storm, God’s love will always calm the wildest seas.
Favorite verse: Who am I that you are mindful of me, who am I that you gave it all for me… Jesus, you love me too much.
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awexlghI7gM
On My Knees (Jaci Velasquez, 2011)| James 1:17. This song is just a complete act of surrender, to the God who all good and perfect gifts come from. He is the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Favorite verse: I get on my knees, there I am before the love that changes me. See, I don’t know how but there’s power in the blue sky. I don’t know how but there’s power In the midnight. I don’t know how but there’s power when I’m on my knees.
Listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr6JHJ5evGc
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