Right now, we're living in an anxious generation; So many people are experiencing anxiety, loneliness, and depression, even before this current pandemic hit. I've personally experienced anxiety. But, I was able to find freedom from it in Christ. It's still something that I face, but it's not something that has control over me anymore. I believe that freedom is possible for you, too.
We've compiled a list of new songs that are addressing anxiety, loneliness, and depression head-on. We pray that these songs will remind you that you're not alone and that there are better days ahead. Anxiety is a real, crippling thing. But, may you find comfort in these lyrics.
David Dunn "Anxiety (feat. Aaron Cole)"
David Dunn's new song, "Anxiety," is extremely relatable for anyone who has been through anxiety. So often, we can't explain what triggered the fear of what we're facing. This song speaks to that: "I don't even know what to blame for this feelin'/I can't put a face or name to this pain." It always helps to know that someone else has felt what you're feeling. This song reflects that. I love this song. I think it's going to be an encouragement to so many.
Brandon Lake "We Praise You"
No matter what we're facing, we can always choose to praise God. Worship is a weapon against the enemy; it defeats fear and anxiety. We can't experience worship and anxiety at the same time. Fear can't survive when we choose to praise the King of Kings. I love this song's message. It's a song that we can sing in the middle of a storm to silence the voices surrounding us. Let this song be an anthem over your life. And, a weapon in your hand as you battle through anxiety.
Hillsong Young & Free "Best Friends"
"Best Friends" is such a fun, upbeat pop song with a message that hits home for so many of us. We're always trying to be someone we're not. We try to pretend. We cover up our flaws. We try to dress and act like everyone else. I feel like that's the reason why chronic loneliness and depression are so prevalent, right now. The song's chorus goes, "All of my best friends/Are sick of pretending/We want the truth/So much is missing/So give us the real thing/I know it's You." Our true source of freedom and contentment is found in Jesus alone. We don't have to be like everyone else. God has created us all uniquely, and we don't have to be a stereotype. This song is a great reminder of that.
Unspoken "Human Condition"
Unspoken's "Human Condition" has a similar theme to Hillsong Young & Free's "Best Friends." It talks about our human condition. All of us, as humans, try to pretend: from putting on Instagram filters that make us look like someone we're not, to faking our confidence. It's a song that reminds us that, even though we have flaws, God loves us just as we are. We don't have to try to be someone we're not with God. He sees us and loves us--no matter how many stains we may have.
Sarah Reeves "Anxious"
"Anxious" is a very raw, and honest song about the effects anxiety can have on one's life. From missing out on things because of anxiety to the crippling shakiness we can experience from it. "Anxious" has so much vulnerability. I love that Sarah was able to come out and share this with us.
Switch "Count Me In"
Anxiety is something that can get in the way of us pursuing God's calling over our lives. It's a hard reality to face, but it's true. "Count Me In" is almost like a prayer that we need to constantly be praying: "I won't let the race overtake me/Won't let anxiety faze me/Whatever comes, count me in/Count me in/Oh, even when my legs are weary/I'm not gonna give up that easy/Whatever comes, count me in." I can remember a few times in my life when I almost let anxiety get in the way of God's calling over me. If I had let it get in the way, there would have been so many missed opportunities. So, let's not have anxiety get in the way of our lives. May we always be able to sing, "Whatever comes, count me in."
For All Seasons "Friends"
We're ending this article on a high note with For All Season's song, "Friends." We all need a community. We all need a friend to cheer us on in life. In an age of loneliness, this song is a reminder that we can't be isolated. We need people around to support us. This is a fun and encouraging song that I'm sure you'll love.
Grace Chaves is a fan of all things Christian music, and is one of NRT's youngest writers. She's homeschooled, and loves concerts, Jesus, and songwriting.
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