Every song released by Bethel Music completely focuses me as a listener on joining in praise, worship and adoration of Jesus. All of their songs are poignant and powerful with earnest, worshipful lyrics. Bethel Music has introduced churches to their songs "One Thing Remains," "Forever," "You Make Me Brave," "Ever Be," "No Longer Slaves," "Seas of Crimson," "This is Amazing Grace," "Lion and the Lamb" and "Have it All."
Bethel Music's album, Victory, released everywhere last year. It features 14 original live worship songs, all beautifully produced for church and the album ranked in my top 5 worship albums of 2019. The album is inspired by the story of King Jehoshaphat and the unlikely victory won by sending worshipers to the front lines of battle in 2 Chronicles 20:22: "As they began to sing and praise the Lord set an ambush against the men who were invading Judah and they were defeated." The album is intended to lead listeners to the frontlines, also. One way I set my heart, mind and soul on Jesus in reflecting on His sacrifice and resurrection is to sing along with my favorite Easter-focused songs. This list of 7 of my favorite Bethel Music songs is in the order of a worship setlist for a church service.
Many of the songs, like "Forever" (co-written by Kari Jobe with Bethel Music's Brian and Jenn Johnson), have me pondering God's Majesty and eternity as the song boldly sings: "Now death where is your sting? Our resurrected King has rendered you defeated. Forever He is glorified, forever He is lifted high, forever He is risen, He is alive, He is alive!" Amen to that!
1. "This is Amazing Grace"
The bridge is a glimpse of Heaven and what followers of Jesus will be singing for eternity. If you have put all of your hope and trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation, one day you'll be singing with a loud, celebratory voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, worthy is the King who conquered the grave!"
2. "Lion and the Lamb"
This song is about our Savior, Jesus, who overcame the grave. It's about submitting all of ourselves to Him and His goodness and allowing His blood to cover us and run through our veins. That's how we can "overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony."
3. "Goodness of God"
"Goodness of God" reminds me to have the resolve and to be steadfast as a follower of Jesus, remembering to keep my eyes wide open, looking for ways to serve Him. So, run and not grow weary. Have faith. God will show you what He has planned for you. He's the author of your life. He knows what's best for you--much better than you do. God's thoughts and love for you are deep, such as cannot be known. You can't think how many mercies you have received from Him.
4. "Jesus, We Love You"
Our worship is an offering, but God is the One who made the way for us to be with Him. When you sing along with this great song, make sure you are in prayer that you are submitting all of yourself to God, proclaiming to Him: "You are the One our hearts adore." Let the cry of your heart be "Jesus we love You, oh how we love You."
5. "Stand in Your Love"
Allow the fullness of Christ's love to indwell in your heart and proclaim the truth of this song. One of the key takeaways of this song is "My fear doesn't stand a chance, when I stand in Your love." When you abide in His grace, you won't be the same. His grace takes away anxiety, and guilt and shame. Know that being His is enough. This is an incredible song for the Church. The theme of this song should be the heartbeat of every faithful Christian.
This song encourages me and is one of the most inspirational songs I've ever heard. What an exciting thought that all suffering and hurt will be left behind and one day glory will be revealed in us through Christ. We will be singing "Hallelujah, the Lamb has overcome" forever.
7. "Seas of Crimson"
This song has a great worshipful bridge: "Where there was sin Your love rushed in, where sin runs deep Your grace runs deeper. For all enslaved the ransom paid, Light of the world, Yours is the power!" This great song for the Church has tender and powerful vocals, taking listeners on an emotional and spiritual journey with every lyric sung about faith in our God Almighty, our Lord and Savior Jesus.
NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.
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