Friday, March 16, 2012

No, *this* is what's on my playlist right now (ignore that last one!)

Prepare to be overwhelmed with wonderful, encouraging music!!!
Really, though. Every song on this list deserves to be there. Only the current best made it. ;)
So while you're Facebook creeping, or blog-surfing, or news-reading, make your way through my list of current favorite songs. There's quite a few gems here :)

Shall we begin?

Scars by Jonny Diaz
I was anxiously awaiting the release of this one after he mentioned it on Twitter...this is the guy who sings "More Beautiful You", also mentioned on this list ;) Simply wonderful, both of them. Unfortunately, this one isn't quite available on Youtube...If you've got iTunes, you can preview it there :)
~"Praise God we don't have to hide scars...we know His are covering ours."~

You're Beautiful by MercyMe
Ever since I visited the Dominican, this song has been known to me as "the Dominican song"; One morning, during worship, our worship leader had everyone flock to the balcony to look over God's creation, to watch the rising sun, and to fully sing the words of this song to the Lord...such a precious, beautiful moment. The Phil Wickham version is the one I very first heard, and will always love the most, but this version by MercyMe is simply, well, beautiful :)
~"I see your power in the moonlit night, where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright. We are amazed in the light of the stars. It's all proclaiming who you are...You're beautiful."~

When the Stars Burn Down by Phillips, Craig & Dean

Gives me chills, as I think of that day when we'll meet Him face to face...
~"There will come a day, standing face to face; In a moment, we will be like Him. He will wipe our eyes dry, take us up to His side, and forever we will be His."~

Spark by The City Harmonic

So. Cool. Uses part of a speech of Martin Luther King Jr's. And segues into the next song...
~"This little light's gonna shine; with just aBold spark, light a fire. Just a spark could change my heart."~

Mountaintop by The City Harmonic

Gets the title from Martin Luther King Jr's speech excerpted in "Spark" ;) Simply fabulous. Makes you want to shout.
~"We've been to the mountaintop, we've seen the glory of our God! He's here, in the valley low, He's here, I feel it in my bones, our God, here and now, we are the body of Christ!"

10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) by Matt Redman

There's this boy who goes to my church who'sBold a year older than me and has the voice of an angel. But a powerful angel, you know? Not the sweet, dainty, fluttery angels...No, his voice is insane. He was also our worship leader in the Dominican ;) Us girls in our room right off the balcony would lay in our beds and listen to him practice! Haha! If you heard him, you'd understand. He hasn't sung up front at church for a while, which makes me sad. But this was one of "his" songs.
~"And on that day, when my strength is failing, the end draws near, and my time has come...still my soul will sing Your praise unending 10,000 years and then forevermore"~

One Thing Remains by Jesus Culture

~"Your love never fails, never gives up, never runs out on me."~

Oh, Great God, Give Us Rest by David Crowder Band

From David Crowder Band's latest and last album, "Give Us Rest". The entire album is a beautiful piece of art, with each song flowing into the next. This was the first song I'd heard off of it, and instantly fell in love.
~"Could you take a song and make it thine, from a crooked heart, twisted up like mine? Would you open up Heaven's glory light, shine on in, and give these dead bones life?"~

Wedding Day by Casting Crowns

*sigh*. Being a girl who's always dreamed of her wedding day, and her perfect prince, "Bridegroom" as a name of Christ touches my heart the most. At this point in life, it's the name that means the most to me. This song is a perfect picture of what's to come for the bride of Christ.
~"When the hands that bear the only scars in Heaven touch her face, and the last tears she'll ever cry are finally wiped away, and the clouds roll back as He takes her hand and walks her through the gates, forever we will reign."~

All of Me by Matt Hammitt

Written for his baby boy Bowen, who was born with a heart defect, this song is beautiful beyond beautiful.
~"Heaven brought you to this moment, it's too wonderful to speak, you're worth all of me...So let me recklessly love you, even if I bleed, you're worth all of me."~

What Do I Know of Holy by Addison Road

~"Where have I even stood, but the shore along your ocean? Are you fire, are you fury? Are you sacred, are you beautiful? What do I know of Holy?"~

Bring Us Home (Joshua) by Michael Tait, Blanca Callahan, & Lecrae

The first on this list from the most incredible CD I've ever heard, called "Music Inspired by The Story", all songs based on a character (or characters) in the Bible, starting in the garden of Eden, and ending with the Second Coming. Truly, I can't tell you how much I love this CD. Go buy it. Seriously. You won't regret it!
~"You are fire in the night sky, you are cloud by day...We're calling on the name of Yahweh"~

Empty (Disciples) by Dan Haseltine & Matt Hammitt

Also from "The Story", this is the song of the disciples, after Jesus died and rose again!
And Matt Hammitt's voice is simply enchanting.
~"There's an empty cross, there's an empty and wind now sweeping in this tiny upper room. There's a hungry world, there's a risen King. Unlock the doors, what reason more could we ever need? So sing with me, I dare you to. Cause there's an empty cross...there's an empty tomb."
We wept from a distance, watched pieces of our dreams buried with you, every last wound, sealed with stone beyond our reach. Sweet, sweet Jesus...every question, every fear vanishing, like vapour dreams now that you're standing here."~

More Beautiful You by Jonny Diaz

In a world where we girls feel the pressure to be physically perfect, Jonny Diaz does what he can to be a gentleman and remind us that we are beautiful in the eyes of Christ.
~"So turn around, you're not too far to back away, be who you are, to change your path, go another way, it's not too late, you can be saved. If you feel depressed with past regrets, the shameful nights {you} hope to forget can disappear, they can all be washed the One who's strong, can right your wrongs, can rid your fears, dry all your tears, and change the way you look at this big world. He will take your dark distorted view and with His light, He will show you truth, and again you'll see through the eyes of a little girl."~

Your Heart (David) by Chris Tomlin

Another from The Story, perhaps the most powerful on the whole album. Who does the world see when they look at, or Jesus?
~"At the end of the day, I wanna hear people say that my heart looks like Your heart. Unashamed, I will dance, in Your name, lift my hands, till my heart looks like Your heart."~

I'm always on the lookout for new music, too. Do ya'll have any good suggestions for me?



    This is my new favorite; the song Courageous from the film Courageous (which is a must see! It was very good!)

    Oh, and I loved that video More Beautiful You! Such a good message!


  2. Wow that's a lot of music!! I like that first song :) The rest I'm not sure if I've heard of it before, I'm not good with names of songs lol

  3. "10,000 reasons" by matt redman and "what do i know of holy" by addison road get me every time. they're just two of the songs that stir my soul and open my eyes to how much i need Jesus. along with how He loves, but that's the obvious ;)

    as for suggestions.. i've always got some (:

    red sky by brandon heath
    where i belong by swtichfoot
    trademark by relient k
    all this time by britt nicole

    hope you like them!! (:


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