Are you noticing a theme? If you haven’t been able to tell, I am continuing on in my “5 songs for the ___” series because I love them. I know so many wonderful worship songs and never know how to discuss them. Putting them into the categories and emotions have really been good and made some exciting posts so we are keeping it up!
As a worship leader I attribute songs to what they say and mean; some songs are great to express our brokenness and some are best for expressing our gratitude. Maybe you don’t think of worship music like that, but I do!
We’ve talked about 5 songs for the weary and the joyful…today is all about songs for the BOLD. I am shy, timid, and usually far from bold. However, I believe we need to pray bold prayers and ask God to challenge and use us in mighty ways. Being bold and brave is a daily…usually hourly…struggle for my in my life and my walk with Christ
Being bold, in my eyes, is all about asking God to take us deeper, into the unknown, and use us in a bigger way than we have ever asked. It’s putting our life and dreams in His hands and taking a step in faith. It’s asking God to come and meet us and change us in a mighty way. These songs are ones that I consider songs for the bold…the ones who aren’t complacent with where they are but want more and more.
These are also songs to sing when you want to be bold but are losing sight of WHO makes us bold. They ask God to take us deeper, make us braver, and use our lives for His kingdom.
Oceans // Hillsong United
The first song I think of when I begin to think of songs that encourage us to be bold and brave is “Oceans.” I remember when I first heard this song and I was in awe of the boldness those lyrics hold. Begging God to take us deeper and farther. The key to being bold in our faith is to keep our eyes above the ways and on Jesus Himself. Listen here.
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me”
Spirit Move // Bethel Music
When we are bold in our faith and our prayers, God is there. “Spirit Move” is about asking the Spirit to come and move in our midst. We must be eager to sit in His presence and this song is a great reminder of that. It gives me boldness to call out to God and ask Him to come and move in our lives. I believe that being ready for God to move and asking Him to is a step in boldness. Listen here.
“Come and blow on through
Spirit move, we’re ready for You to
Come and blow on through
Come and do what only You can do”
Though You Slay Me // Shane and Shane
*Just try to get through this song without tears rolling down your face*
There is nothing more bold then proclaiming that even though our live might not be what we wanted we will continue to worship. We lose family, we get fired, we get sick, etc. and we still need to sing a song to God. This song is full of bold sentences that we need to be sincerely proclaiming to Christ. Our affliction is only temporary and we must have enough faith and be bold in that faith to tell Jesus that no matter what life brings us or what we lose, we will praise Him. That even when we can’t see what HE is doing we must trust Him enough to know that He is working it out for our good and His glory. When we feel defeated and the farthest thing from bold, we must continue to worship and sing these songs to remind our souls why God is in control. Listen here.
“Though You slay me
Yet I will praise You
Though You take from me
I will bless Your name
Though You ruin me
Still I will worship
Sing a song to the One who’s all I need”
Waiting Here For You // Christy Nockles
I associate the idea of calling out for God to come move with being bold. When we are bold enough to come expectant for God to move, He will. Crying out to God saying we are waiting here for Him with our arms out wide is something we need to do more of. Sometimes we do our best to hide from God, but this song is the opposite; it is a cry that we are waiting for Him to move. I consider that pretty bold or enough to let you gather your “boldness.” Listen here.
“Waiting here for You
With our hands lifted high in praise
And it’s You we adore
You Make Me Brave // Bethel Music
My anthem…”Make me brave Lord,” because without you, I am the farthest thing from it. For me, praying for God to make me brave is a step in boldness because it is allowing God to take me out of my comfort zone. This song is a beautiful cry to God that acknowledges that we are not brave apart from Christ. Listen here.
“You make me brave
You make me brave
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave
You make me brave
No fear can hinder now the love that made a way”
My prayer is that these songs inspire you to be bold in your faith and prayers. That you would hold on to Jesus no matter what we face and ask God to use us in a mighty way. Let me know if you take a listen to these songs and what you think about it!