Crossing denominational lines, Christian worship songs can be heard in all types of Christian churches around the world. Popular Christian worship songs have meaningful lyrics and a pleasant-sounding melody that makes them memorable and likable. Throughout the years, many Christian worship songs have come in and out of popularity, but some have managed to remain popular year after year.
"You Are My All in All"
Written by Dennis Jernigan, "You Are My All in All" has been sung in churches all over the United States and the world. Like every other song he has written, Jernigan's "You Are My All in All" includes references to hope and freedom in Christ, according to the Dennis Jernigan website. "You Are My All in All" has also been performed and released by Christian artists the Insyderz, Natalie Grant, Nichole Nordeman and Aaron Shust.
"The Heart of Worship"
Matt Redman, a songwriter from England, penned "The Heart of Worship" in his bedroom in the late 1990s. Redman was inspired to write the song after his church's pastor decided to get rid of the praise band for a time because the congregants had lost the true meaning of worship, states a Crosswalk.com article. According to Redman, the song is a simple look at the true meaning of worship. It has been recorded by popular Christian artists Michael W. Smith, Sonic Flood and Passion.
Though it was first written back in 1772, the song "Amazing Grace" continues to be sung in churches today. As a National Public Radio article states, the song was written by John Newton without a tune and the current tune was added by William Walker in 1835. "Amazing Grace" has since been sung and recorded thousands of times and is part of countless hymnals and praise books.
"Shout to the Lord"
Inspired by the Psalms, Darlene Zschech wrote and published "Shout to the Lord" in 1993 from her church in Queensland, Australia. The song takes phrases from Psalms 47, 92 and 96 and also personal thoughts from Zschech, according to the UM Portal. Since its release, "Shout to the Lord" has been recorded by Christian artists Hillsong and Lincoln Brewster and was even sung by American Idol contestants in 2008.
"How Great is Our God"
Chris Tomlin wrote "How Great is Our God" based on Psalm 104, hoping it would be easy to sing even with its profound lyrics, according to Monday Morning Insight. The song, which was released on Tomlin's "Arriving" album in 2004, has consistently been on Christian Copyright Licensing, Inc.'s Top 25 list and is heard in countless churches.
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