Motivation is one of the most important things an artist needs to make good music. And when it comes to Christian songs, one of the biggest reasons they can be so inspirational is because of the source of motivation behind the music. The example of love and service set forth by Jesus Christ, along with the inspiring verses of joy and hope of the Holy Gospel, when fused into a catchy tune and melody, is guaranteed to brighten your day and make you feel closer to your Creator.
Enjoy these 10 Inspirational Christian Songs that Lift Your Spirit!
1 ) TobyMac – Made to Love
One of the first, and most well-known Christian hip-hop artists, TobyMac, sings about how we were all created out of love and that we were “made” to show our love back to our Creator. A 2008 Grammy nominee for Best Gospel Song, “Made to Love” will definitely stir your soul and have you reflecting on life.
2) Lecrae – Just Like You
Christian hip-hop artist and music producer Lecrae highlights the vulnerability of youth as they search for role models in society to emulate. “Just Like You” follows Lecrae’s personal journey seeking a role model, beginning with the older male youth in his family and neighborhood, to the famous artists and celebrities in the media, and eventually leading him to a true example of how to live: Jesus.
3) Britt Nicole – Set the World on Fire
Christian singer-songwriter and pop-artist Britt Nicole expresses her desire to God to make a positive difference in the world. Acknowledging that truly achieving her dream of setting “the world on fire” is impossible without the assistance of the Almighty, Nicole sings in her song, “I am weak but…You are strong enough to take my dreams, come and give them wings. Lord with You, there’s nothing I can not do.”
4) for King & Country – The Proof of Your Love
Australian born pop-duo for King & Country testify in their song “The Proof of Your Love” that everything we do in our lives is worth nothing if we don’t do it with a spirit of love. Regarding their passion for creating Christian-inspired music, they share, “When you merge the strength of music with the heart, hope, and passion of the Gospel… it has the ultimate power not only to change someone’s day, but to impact them for eternity. This is why we write music and sing songs – we hope that people will be moved, encouraged, and stirred to live a life for Someone greater than themselves.”
5) Hawk Nelson – Words
Canadian-based Christian rock band Hawk Nelson sings about the thing that makes the Gospel so inspirational: the words. There’s a special connection between spiritual empowerment and reading the Creative Word, as Hawk Nelson shares, “Words can build you up, words can break you down, start a fire in your heart, or put it out.” And what’s the best way for people to use words? To glorify God. As the song “Words” says, “Let my words be life, let my words be truth, I don’t wanna say a word unless it points the world back to You.”
6) The Afters – Every Good Thing
Christian pop-rock band The Afters gives the ultimate praise to God in their song “Every Good Thing.” Whether it’s our family, our friends, moments of joy and laughter, or simply life itself, “every good thing” in this world is a gift from God to be cherished and appreciated.
7) Brandon Heath – Give Me Your Eyes
In his Grammy nominated song “Give Me Your Eyes”, Contemporary Christian musician Brandon Heath yearns to be able to see the world through the eyes of God. The song is a testament to the need for human beings to turn to the teachings of God, rather than solely relying on the conditioning of society, to see the true reality of the world. The song also speaks to the need for us to display compassion and empathy to others, as, unlike God, we don’t truly know what they’re going through in life. As Heath sings in the song, “Give me Your eyes for just one second, give me Your eyes so I can see, everything that I keep missing, give me Your love for humanity.”
8) Shawn McDonald – What are You Waiting For
Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter and guitarist Shawn McDonald sings of the ability for God to unlock our spirit and completely transform our life. “What are You Waiting For” highlights our human nature to often be afraid to turn our lives over to God, even though it leads to our true spiritual happiness. As McDonald asks in the song, “What are you waiting for? You’re standing at an open door. This is your life, you never live twice; step through to the other side, ‘cause there’s so much more.”
9) Unspoken – Who You Are
In their 2012 hit song “Who You Are”, Christian soulful pop-rock band Unspoken bears witness to the reviving power of God, specifically through the example and teachings of Jesus. It’s never “too late” to turn our life around, and things are never “so bad” that we can’t start giving ourselves to God; each moment of your life is an opportunity to “change who you are.”
10) Jamie Grace – Beautiful Day
Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter and actress Jamie Grace emphasizes a variety of spiritual concepts in her upbeat pop hit “Beautiful Day”. In a song that will have you smiling, grooving, and praising God all at the same time, Grace’s pleasing melodies and joyful lyrics will certainly lift your spirits and have you ready to “get your worship on.”
**BONUS TRACK** Colby and Awu – “I Believe”
In our contribution to this playlist, we aim to shine a light on the oneness of God and religion in our song “I Believe.” Awu, a Christian, and Colby, a Baha’i, aim to transcend religious barriers by singing a song that unites all the believers of God across the world. We hope you enjoy it!
We hope this list of inspirational Christian songs brightens your day and gives you some new music to add to your playlist! If you want to listen to more inspiring music that is guaranteed to give you some motivation, go check out these 10 inspiring songs that make you want to change the world!
About the Authors
Colby and Awu are an international music duo, from the United States and Cameroon, committed to making music that uplifts your spirit and inspires you to make the world a better place! Their music is a blend of pop and hip-hop, mixed in with some African roots. They released their debut album, Change the World, in 2013 and are currently working on a 2nd album.
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