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Sometimes you need an epic playlist to help you through a tough time – a battle. That’s what I needed this past summer, when I found out that my unborn daughter was given no chance of survival.
I needed something to ground me and I knew the only thing that could ground me was the presence of God.
And one very important way to feel the presence of God is through worship.
So that’s what I did. I listened, sang…and often cried.
In the midst of that battle, I found myself needing to constantly be reminded of who God is and what He promises, which is His fruit: goodness, kindness, self-control, love, joy, peace, faithfulness, gentleness and patience. These are the things I sought after and having a battle song playlist helped me greatly to remain in His presence and live in His fruit.
I want to let you know that even though almost all the doctors we saw early on said there would be no chance for our daughter to survive, she did and is currently (as of November 2017) in the NICU doing very well! If you want to read the amazing story check it out here: Lucy’s Story, A Turner Syndrome Baby.
My creation of a playlist of Christian battle songs was not so that God would give me what I desired, for my baby to live, but rather as a means to turn to him – because he is the only way.
I was shocked that God healed her because we were preparing for a death. Should you find yourself not understanding why God didn’t answer your prayer request, this post I wrote might be of help for you, How To Handle Prayers That Don’t Go Your Way.
I’m guessing if you are reading this post, you too are going through a battle. Whatever you are facing, know that God is with you and loves you immensely. Equip yourself for battle by making your own battle song playlist. Below I have some of my favorites that have helped me greatly.
I hope you enjoy and take these songs as a jumping off point to making your own battle song playlist!
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Christian Battle Songs
1. “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson Featuring GabeReal
“In the eye of the storm You remain in control.” I enjoy this song because it draws parallels to Psalm 23, which is an amazing piece of Scripture for anyone going through a tough time. When life has knocked you down, this song helps you remember that God is in control and with you.
2. “Same Power” by Jeremy Camp
I simply love this song. The refrain is ever so powerful:
“The same power that rose Jesus from the grave
The same power that commands the dead to wake
Lives in us, lives in us
The same power that moves mountains when He speaks
The same power that can calm a raging sea
Lives in us, lives in us
He lives in us, lives in us”
Allow this song to speak the truth of Jesus’s power that lives in you already. No matter what you are facing, remember who it is who lives in you!
3. “White Flag” by Chris Tomin
No battle song list would be complete without this anthem. This song is all about surrender – surrender to God and not to the forces around you. Regain your strength by waving your white flag!
4. “Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle
This song is an amazing reminder that even if God doesn’t provide you with a miracle or an answered prayer, the answer is trust, not anger. So much of my summer was lived out in this truth, and it brought so much peace and stability. Choosing to trust God despite your circumstances is an unbelievable reality. May this song help you journey deeper into that destination.
5. “Just Be Held” by Casting Crowns
The lyrics to this song are outstanding. There is such depth and truth to every verse of this song. Casting Crowns perfectly encapsulates what God is calling us to do, not just in the storms of our life, but in our ordinary, everyday moments in life, which is to be held by God. We strive and toil so hard to change our circumstances, but that is not our responsibility – it is only God’s place to do so. We just need to be a child of God and held by our loving parent’s good, safe and strong arms. Below are the full lyrics to this song because they are so good, I couldn’t just pick one to speak to. In addition, the video is underneath.
“Hold it all together
Everybody needs you strong
But life hits you out of nowhere
And barely leaves you holding on
And when you’re tired of fighting
Chained by your control
There’s freedom in surrender
Lay it down and let it go
Refrain: So when you’re on your knees and answers seem so far away
You’re not alone, stop holding on and just be held
Your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place
I’m on the throne, stop holding on and just be held
Just be held, just be held
If your eyes are on the storm
You’ll wonder if I love you still
But if your eyes are on the cross
You’ll know I always have and I always will
And not a tear is wasted
In time, you’ll understand
I’m painting beauty with the ashes
Your life is in My hands
Lift your hands, lift your eyes
In the storm is where you’ll find Me
And where you are, I’ll hold your heart
I’ll hold your heart
Come to Me, find your rest
In the arms of the God who won’t let go”
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