For years, worship music has been used as an expressive way for Christians to connect with God. Words of truth sung out, while (but not always) accompanied by guitars or pianos, create an experience for us as we praise God, speak His promises, or weep with Him. It becomes a deep and personal moment between us and our Savior. We call these moments “soaking sessions,” because as we hear melodies and sing words of God, we are essentially soaking in His presence. Below are some of the best soaking sessions that we know.
“So Will I (100 Billion X)” – Hillsong Worship
This beautiful song paints a picture of the beginning of creation when God first brought light into the darkness. The ease that God had when creating our intrinsically designed earth and all that lives on it, speaks out through the words, “As you speak, a hundred billion creatures catch your breath” and so on. With this ease shows God’s great power!
From here we are taken on a journey from creation to salvation, singing of Jesus’ death on the cross and the gracious impact it had on each of our undeserving souls. “As you speak, a hundred billion failures disappear.”
The main theme and title of this song, “So Will I,” is repeated over and over, stating our obedience to God (“for if everything exists to lift you high, so will I”) and that glorifying Him is our ultimate purpose. It is powerful and as you sing “so will I,” expect to feel empowered in your faith. Accept the challenge – so will I!
“Peace Be Still (feat. Lauren Daigle)” – The Belonging Co.
This song is perfect for those moments when you feel afraid, anxious, and uncertain. Frequently, we battle our thoughts and fears about what the future holds. “Peace Be Still” takes those thoughts and replaces them with the truth of God. Instead of trusting in ourselves, we sing these words to Jesus proclaiming that we trust in Him instead. “Even when my eyes can’t see, I will trust the voice that speaks.”
The words, “peace be still,” reminds us of what Jesus said in John 16:33, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” Jesus offers us peace among the trials and tribulations. And when it’s hard for us to believe so in those very hard moments, we sing to Him, “Let faith rise up, oh heart believe.”
“To the Table” – Zach Williams
In this soaking session, Zach Williams reminds us of the welcoming character of Jesus. Jesus invites us “to the table” over and over, even when we don’t initially accept. In fact, and as the song says, “There’s a chair that waits for you.” He wants all of us, including every mistake, every shameful past, and every burden. “All your trials, all your worries and your burdens, there’s a Savior and He calls, bring it all to the table.” “To the Table” reminds us that no matter what we’ve been through and no matter what we’ve done, Jesus still invites us to His table and to come as we are.
“Death Was Arrested (feat. Seth Condrey)” – North Point InsideOut
“Death Was Arrested” is a captivating song of salvation. We imagine (and relate to) living in darkness before coming to Jesus as the song starts out, “Alone in my sorrows and dead in my sin.” Then as the gospel story reveals, we sing of redemption and the overwhelming transformation of self - “Ash was redeemed, only beauty remains,” as our failures are washed away, leaving the old life behind.
A climatic and powerful moment comes next – the moment when Jesus rises from the dead. “Death rejoiced as though Heaven had lost, but then Jesus arose with our freedom in hand.” This song sings of hope, grace, and the freedom of giving our lives to Jesus. As we celebrate at the end of this song, we soak in the truth of these words: “We’re free, free, forever Amen!”
Did you know that God provided worship music for us in the Bible, specifically in the book of Psalms? 150 songs to be exact! A wonderful thing about the psalms is that they aren’t only songs of praise, but they are songs of sadness, grief, helplessness, and many other human emotions, to show us that in any emotion of life, our soul can always look to God.
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