As the world struggles to come to terms with the pandemic that has touched the lives of everyone, bringing pain, darkness and anxiety, where can we turn to find strength and encouragement? Louder Than The Music finds three worship songs to help us through the Coronavirus.
It's perhaps the obvious choice, as this seems to be the song of the moment. Rarely has a worship song captured the global church's attention as heavily as this song. There's something so moving and powerful about the words. Despite the fact that it was actually written by an at the time little known Nigerian singer called Sinach over 4 years ago, over the past year it has risen to fame with more than 60 artists covering it. Leeland's version alone has over 27million views, Passion's has 3million and Sinach's video has more than 151 million views!
Even when I don't see it You're working... You never stop working.
Way Maker, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the darkness,
My God that is who You are.
Another worship song that really seems to be the perfect choice for this time is The Blessing. With such simple words, it's effectively no more than a prayer many have recited for years. Set to music it is filled with emotion and just an incredible out pouring at a time when many are seeking reassurance. The original song is by Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe and Elevation Worship, but as with Way Maker,it has been covered to great effect by many groups, none more so than The UK Blessing version. Recorded by singers from over 65 churches online the resulting video is a masterclass in togetherness. Even the British Prime Minister has commended it.
May His favour be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family, And your children
And their children, And their children
Raise A Hallelujah
Bethel's "Raise A Hallelujah" by Jonathan Helser and Melissa Helser just feels like it was written for times like these. Singing in the middle of the storm, shouting our praises through the midst of a time of darkness. The lyrics and imagery bring hope and a sense of defiance. Sing it, believe it, and be strengthened by it.
I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm
Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar
Up from the ashes, hope will arise
Death is defeated, the King is alive