Sing your praises to the Lord with these songs for Lent! Lent lasts for 40 days, beginning with Ash Wednesday until Maundy Thursday, giving plenty of time to sing and reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus and the blessings of God.
Songs for Lent: Hymns for Strength of Faith
May these songs for Lent inspire you this Lenten season to hold strong to your faith and rejoice in God's gift of salvation!
10. In Christ Alone by Anthem Lights
Sing praises to His name with this beautiful cover of 'In Christ Alone' from Anthem Lights. What an amazing way to be reminded of God's never-ending love and grace. I could listen to this song all day. Amen!
In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
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9. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross by Isaac Watts
Isaac Watts is considered one of the most innovative and creative hymn writers of all time.
The original fourth stanza of this hymn is usually left out, but it inspires some really powerful images:
His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er his body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.
When I survey the wond'rous Cross
On which the Prince of Glory dy'd,
My richest Gain I count but Loss,
And pour Contempt on all my Pride.
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8. Jesus Paid it All Performed by George Dennehy, Talented Man with No Arms
When we say that "we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength" that includes the unlikely. Because of Jesus, George Dennehy has the strength and wisdom to lead worship in a new and exciting way.
Watch as he joins Charis Ratchford and plays "Jesus Paid it All" on the guitar with his feet.
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe;
Sin had left a crimson stain,
He washed it white as snow.
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7. The Old Rugged Cross by Alabama
Country music sensations, Alabama, perform a soul-stirring rendition of the beloved hymn ‘The Old Rugged Cross.’
God made the ultimate sacrifice for us when He sent His only Son to Earth to die for our sins. Because of this gift, we are now all forgiven and free to live out our days in Heaven.
The death on the cross paved the way to our salvation and it's something we should cherish and give thanks for every day.
1 Peter 2:24-25 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
So I'll cherish the old rugged Cross
Till my trophies, at last, I lay down
I will cling to the old rugged Cross
And exchange it some day for a crown
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6. How Deep the Father's Love by Stuart Townend
There is truly no love like the love that comes from our Heavenly Father. God made the ultimate sacrifice for us when He sent His only Son to Earth to die for our sins. Because of this gift, we are now forgiven and free to live out our days in Heaven above.
Even when the world around us continues to get scary, we know that our Lord in Heaven will take care of us and that one day we will all be in a better place. What a powerful message!
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss –
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.
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5. It Is Well With My Soul by Horatio Spafford
Daves Highway is a trio of siblings not only blessed with incredible voices but big hearts for God. These talented singers are all grown up now, but this inspiring performance stands the test of time and will give you goosebumps!
Then check out a lyric video from the song below.
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul
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4. Victory in Jesus by E. M. Bartlett
Victory in Jesus was the last song ever written by E. M. Bartlett. it went on to become his best-known song. It is such a powerful reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made 'to save a wretch like me.'
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.
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3. How Great Thou Art by Stuart K. Hine
Even though he was known as the "King of Rock & Roll," Elvis Presley loved gospel music. He would often attend all-night gospel sings in Memphis and grew up singing in the church. In 1966, Elvis recorded the popular hymn ‘How Great Thou Art.'
Elvis won his third Grammy in 1975 for a live performance of ‘How Great Thou Art' that was on his album Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis. It's clear to see that the hymn greatly impacted Elvis's life, which may be why it was a staple of his live shows until his death in 1977.
Enjoy hearing Elvis sing this classic hymn. then watch the video below that for the lyrics!
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!
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2. Great Is Thy Faithfulness by Thomas Chisholm
God is our strength and our protector when times get dark. Each and every day, the Lord remains by our side. No matter how far away we may feel, remember that He will never abandon us or lead us astray. What a truly great feeling to know that we serve such an amazing Father. There is no one greater than our God and His love and support is never-ending. Be reminded of this as you listen to the powerful words of 'Great Is Thy Faithfulness' from the talented men of Anthem Lights.
This classic hymn holds a special place in my heart and hearing it from these 4 is absolutely amazing. I always love singing this hymn in church, but listening to this group perform it today filled me with such praise and worship. It's obvious the men of Anthem Lights have a heart for the Lord and want everyone to hear the good news of God.
They always have a way of finding the perfect song to compliment their amazing voices and give praise to the Lord. These four definitely have a God-given talent for performing and I’m so glad that they’re using that gift to give Him glory. I hope we continue to hear more of these classics.
Listen to Anthem Lights below, and then watch the following video to see the lyrics.
Great is thy faithfulness!
Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see:
all I have needed thy hand hath provided--
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
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1. Amazing Grace by John Newton
You will love this rendition of the Celtic Woman singing Amazing Grace! This classic hymn is one that will stir your heart every time you hear it.
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.
Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
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What are some of your favorite songs to listen to when seeking a time of meditation and reflection on the gift of Jesus Christ?