Every Fourth of July, Americans gather not only to watch fantastic explosions in the sky and eat barbecue but to celebrate the nation's birthday and thank God for all the blessings it offers. To commemorate this special day, the editorial staff of NewReleaseToday took some time to share their celebration songs that can serve as a worshipful and invitational soundtrack to your Independence Day reflections.
Colton Dixon "Made to Fly"
“Made to Fly” connects to Isaiah 40 and the exhortation: “But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don't get tired, they walk and don't lag behind.” Jesus came to die for us so that we can all truly live in Him. Submit your worries, anxieties, and stress to God. Let Him be your guide. God wants to walk beside you. He wants you to be bold and unafraid. Believe and sing along, “If you need freedom/Look to the sky/Cause hope is waiting/On the other side/Sing hallelujah, by and by/Don't stop at walking/When you were made to fly.” - Kevin Davis
Skillet "Shout Your Freedom"
From Skillet's most recent album, Dominion, "Shout Your Freedom" is a perfect Independence Day anthem. Whether you interpret it as an anthem for standing up for your legal rights in the political arena or for proclaiming the freedom found in Christ to the world, this is a song that fits well into the legacy of the American for Independence. Plus, its upbeat melody would sound great blasting through outdoor speakers on the 4th of July cookout. - JJ Francesco
Passion "What He's Done"
Whether you celebrate Independence Day or live far away from America, there’s one thing we all have in common: our freedom in Christ. Through Jesus, our old life is gone. We’ve been forgiven, and we’re free from the bondage of sin. Worship band Passion recently came out with a new song called “What He’s Done.” And the chorus captures this reality so perfectly: “My sins are forgiven/My future is heaven/I praise God for what He's done.”
This Independence Day, I’m grateful for the men and women who fought for our freedom in America. And I’m also so grateful for Jesus, who paid the ultimate price so we could be set free. Our sins are forgiven, and our future is in heaven. That’s a reason to celebrate. - Grace Chaves
TAYA “Carry Me Home”
Emerging artist TAYA emanates a special sense of transparency when she sings the words, “Got faith in nothing but your faithfulness to me/Oh, won't you carry me home” in this song. Considering both my heavenly home and the United States as my earthly home, I’m so grateful for God’s provision as He carefully decided to position me in those places. It truly is a blessing to live in a free country and always an honor to celebrate that fact on July 4th every year.
I pray that our spirit will be one of appreciation when we recognize our independence during this national holiday. As we reflect on our country’s sovereignty, may we also praise God for our freedom from the chains that bound us before we were saved by Him. God is carrying me home today, teaching me to sing a new song of gratitude, and I believe He will do the same for you. - Selena Schulz
Brandon Lake "Pharaoh (Let My People Go)"
Contemporary artist Brandon Lake's entire recent album, Help!, is a declaration of independence. Based on the idea of freedom found in our Lord and Savior, Brandon plays off the biblical story of Moses demanding freedom for the Israelites bound under Pharaoh's selfish control. The lyrics are soaked with the repetitious use of the word freedom—and rightfully so. The song begins with, "I stand before the oppressor / Who wants to keep me in chains / I'll say my God is a God of freedom / Don't underestimate His strength."
Freedom is echoed as a battle cry from God's people and the release from our proverbial captors. That could translate into our sins, our fear, our "giants" or whatever is holding us back from taking full advantage of all God has prepared for us in this life and carried over into the afterlife. Never contain what God has spoken over you, allow freedom to reign.
- Josh Galla
Sean Feucht "Get Free"
Freedom is such a powerful thing that is more than just an overarching theme used throughout this season. It's powerful, life-giving, and through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus, it's a gift personally given to each of us. Worship leader Sean Feucht leads this message with a powerful upbeat anthem declaring the life of freedom Jesus calls us into.
When we choose to lift our eyes and praise Him for what He has done and continues to do in our lives, His presence changes our hearts to live free from the weight we may be holding. In the presence of God, freedom breaks out.
As Sean sings "Throw off the weight of disappointment/Put on a garment of rejoicing/Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is/There's freedom." So, in our celebration of the freedom that we have in this beautiful country, let's make the choice to live out the joy found in the personal freedom we have in Jesus. - Bradden Ford
Canton Jones "Pray for the USA"
Amid the pandemic, pop artist Canton Jones released, "Pray for the U.S.A." a song of hope and one that calls us to remember that we should continue to seek the Father for our country. With so much political and racial turmoil, mass shootings, rising gas prices, and concern for safety, a song of this nature is always in order. Even with the serious nature of the song, the music is high-energy techno/EDM fused. It’s a song of hope for our country. Canton puts things perfectly when he says, "I love this country/even though all apple in't/Gotta pray daily/Pray for the red, for the blue and the white." During your celebration of the nation's independence, remember to continue to pray for the country. - Dwayne Lacy
Wolves At The Gate "Stop The Bleeding"
We all have felt the division in America in one way or another, whether it be political, spiritual, or mental disagreements. So often, we and others around us have fallen short of offering mercy and grace to those we disagree with, and it's become an ever-present wound in America. Wolves At The Gate's song takes this issue straight-on. The chorus screams "Will we ever strike the heart of the cancer that cuts off our breathing?/We're bowing to crowns made of gold/blind to the one made of thorns." The issue is an idolatry problem where we put too much trust and loyalty in our earthly leaders and influences instead of focusing on Christ and His way of life. - Ryan Adams
Assembled from the four corners of North America and beyond, the NRTeam is comprised of staffers whose energy is equally dispersed towards loving music and writing about the music they love.
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