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As we draw to a close this year I thought I would describe some Christian worship songs that I have really enjoyed listening to and singing along with at various events such as Soul Survivor, Naturally Supernatural and Shine Swansea and generally in my day-to-day.
Soul Survivor have just released their album for 2017 called "The Promise" and I am currently enjoying those songs on Spotify.
So, what are my favourite songs for this year?
In first place is this fantastic song from Hillsong's Brooke Ligertwood that is quite wordy and the song is better for it. The eight lines in the bridge are worth learning and can be quite anthemic.
I'm quite partial to Bethel's rendition of the song, sung by Kalley Heiligenthal because it is also sung quite enthusiastically.
Also known as "Jesus I Love You", this great and simple song has only just been released as part of the "The Promise" album I linked above, and has also just been made available on the new Naturally Supernatural YouTube channel. It's so good the song appears on the album twice, and from what I've been able to gather in Tom's recent radio interview and his twitter feed, people love it!
I think it made its debut in the summer of 2016 at Soul Survivor, because it was covered in the Late Night Worship venue by visiting worship leaders. However, it would take about 18 months for it to finally be released more publicly. In time, I'm sure it will become more widely available and covered but for now the only way you can listen to it is via iTunes, Spotify, a single YouTube link (below) and by purchasing a physical copy of the album (ah, how quaint!).
On Twitter, David wrote:
It was the youth that picked up on it. They usually focus on the upbeat dance praise tracks, but JILY was the one they associated with the most at SS16. Totally changed their whole attitude and mindset to praise and worship abs what is all about.
Also created by Hillsong, this song written by Joel Houston Benjamin is a weirdly titled entry that comes in third place as perhaps the most wordy of all of the songs on this list. Good luck learning the lyrics! My favourite version of this song is the one sung by Abbie Simmons from the fantastic Upper Room Dallas church.
I created a public playlist on YouTube that contains a lot of other worship songs that I like. Feel free to check it out!