Top 20 Conservative Evangelical Modern Songs/Hymns

I need your help, a brother from Latvia has recently emailed me asking for a list of songs that we sing in our churches because the songs they have in Latvia fall into two camps; either poor theological content or difficult to sing congregationally. So I’m looking to compile a list of songs with links to music downloads etc of ‘standards’ that many of us sing in our churches. The list is not to include great old hymns, though they are great the Latvian church already know them and appreciate them as we do. The list is to be modern songs that we sing, theologically robust and easy to sing.

So I’m going to start the list but I’m hoping that you will all graciously want to question some inclusions and offer some others for our brothers in Latvia (Shine Jesus Shine is not permitted!)

1. In Christ Alone – Getty & Townend (Sheet Music &  Video)

2. How deep the Father’s love for us – Stuart Townend (Sheet Music & Video)

3. Come people of the risen King – Getty & Townend (Sheet Music &  Video)

4. Let your kingdom come – Bob Kauflin (Sheet Music & Video)

5. To God be the glory (with chorus) – Crosby & Fellingham (Sheet Music & Video)

6. Strength will rise – Brenton Brown & Ken Riley (Sheet Music & Video)

7. We’re not alone – Philip Percival/Simone Richardson (Sheet Music &  Video)

8. Blessed be your name – Matt & Beth Redman (Sheet Music &  Video)

9. O Great God – Bob Kauflin (Sheet Music &  Video)

10. Loved before the dawn of time – Townend & Small (Sheet Music &  Video)

11. The splendour of the King – Tomlin, Cash & Reeves (Sheet Music &  Video)

12. Awake awake O Zion – Fellingham (Sheet Music &  Video)

13. There is a redeemer – Keith Green (Sheet Music &  Video)

14. I will glory in my redeemer – Steve & Vicki Cook (Sheet Music &  Video)

15. Speak O Lord – Getty & Townend (Sheet Music &  Video)

16. Mighty to save – Fielding & Morgan (Sheet Music &  Video)

17. Oh to see the dawn – Getty & Townend (Sheet Music &  Video)

18. Come hear the angels sing – Michael Morrow (Sheet Music &  Video)

19. Who O Lord could save themselves – Matt Redman (Sheet Music &  Video)

20. By Faith – Getty & Townend (Sheet music & Video)

 

* the list above is a starter please comment with others to include to encourage our brothers in Christ in Latvia.

7 comments

  1. Good list, Andy. I know most, but not all of them. Personally I find “Let your kingdom come” quite tricky for a congregation to pick up.

    Ones to add: ? All my days / beautiful saviour.

  2. Hi Andy. What a great idea… and what a great list.

    If the main criteria are (a) singability’ (without the need for a 10 piece rock band) and (b) theological soundness, then I’d put forward the following as suggested additions – recognising that you may have opened ‘Pandora’s box’ here!

    1. “Grace Unmeasured”, by Sovereign Grace.

    2. “We Belong to the Day”, by EMU. Newish, but getting ‘out there’ now.

    3. “Love of God”, Getty/Townend. An absolute stunning corker both musically and lyrically. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjGAb7UIVDM

    4. “My Soul Finds rest in God Alone – Psalm 62″ Aaron Keyes & Stuart Townend. Words are great (straight Scripture), and a very ‘different’ feel. which is easy to pick-up despite the 5/4 time signature!!
    http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=missionworship#p/u/69/mmx9p6vAL1g

    5. “From the Breaking of Dawn” Getty/Townend. One of those rare songs whose aim is to ‘big up’ the Word of God. The repeated “I will stand on every promise of Your Word” is terrific. Ooh – and I love the groove that Townend gives it in this clip.

    I could go on. So many great songs. So little opportunity to use them all!

    Jeremy

  3. Good list!

    Not sure how many you will find “kosher” but here in Singapore, we like:
    “Behold Our God” (Sovereign Grace: Jonathan Baird, Meghan Baird, Ryan Baird and Stephen Altrogge) – http://youtu.be/6juePKlRKtI
    “Indescribable” (Chris Tomlin) – http://youtu.be/7PTvr755V8s
    “Name Above All Names” (Sovereign Grace – Pat Sczebel and Joel Sczebel) – http://youtu.be/hgeH2qLCFxE
    “O Church Arise” (Getty x Townend dreamteam) – http://youtu.be/x63cVewXAeg
    “Our God Is Greater” (Chris Tomlin) – http://youtu.be/zlA5IDnpGhc
    “The Perfect Wisdom Of Our God” (Keith Getty x Stuart Townend) – http://youtu.be/z-22E3dWPUk
    “There Is A Day” – http://youtu.be/m0W6O6ZYadc
    “There Is A Hope” (Townend) – http://youtu.be/x7oYmUyUx6w

    And loads of the earlier EMU ones. Good lyrics, we think, but hard to find any music online:
    “Accepted” (Rob Smith)
    “At The Cross” (Bryson Smith x Philip Percival)
    “Behold The Lamb Of God” (Nicky Chiswell x Rob Smith) – http://youtu.be/Dw-fjgslBrk
    “Chosen, Justified and Glorified” (Philip Percival)
    “Compelled By Love” (Bryson Smith x Philip Percival)
    “Consider Christ” – http://youtu.be/8YjaCkhNeCI
    “Every Promise” (Bryson Smith x Philip Percival)
    “Great God, what do I see and hear” (Philip Percival)
    “Hallelujah To The King of Kings” – http://youtu.be/7uGw7WB1cg8
    “Highest Place” (Mark Peterson)
    “Nothing Can I Boast In” (Bryson Smith x Philip Percival)
    “Servants of the gospel” (Bryson Smith x Philip Percival)
    “Teach Us To Number Our Days” (Nicky Chiswell)
    “We Are His People” (Bryson Smith x Philip Percival) – http://youtu.be/sWeXu8IZ_T8
    “When He Returns” (Mark Peterson)
    “Where Else Have We To Go” (Nicky Chiswell)
    “Your Hand of Mercy” (Philip Percival)

    And some oldies:
    “Ancient of Days” (Jamie Harvill, Gary Sadler)
    “Before The Throne of God Above (Charitie Lees Bancroft, Vikki Cook)
    – don’t know if this was once a hymn
    “How deep the Father’s love for us” (Townend)
    “How great is Your love” (Mark Altrogge)
    “Knowing You” (Graham Kendrick)
    “King of Kings Majesty” (Jarrod Cooper)
    “O the mercy of God” (Geoff Bullock)
    “Salvation Belongs To Our God” (Adrian Howard x Pat Turner)
    “Thank You For the Cross” (Mark Altrogge)
    “The Glory of the Cross” (Bob Kauflin)
    “There Is A Higher Throne” (Keith and Kristyn Getty)
    “You Rescued Me” (Geoff Bullock)

    Cheers.

  4. Good list!

    Not sure how many you will find “kosher” but here in Singapore, we like:
    “Behold Our God” (Sovereign Grace: Jonathan Baird, Meghan Baird, Ryan Baird and Stephen Altrogge) – http://youtu.be/6juePKlRKtI
    “Indescribable” (Chris Tomlin) – http://youtu.be/7PTvr755V8s
    “Name Above All Names” (Sovereign Grace – Pat Sczebel and Joel Sczebel) – http://youtu.be/hgeH2qLCFxE
    “O Church Arise” (Getty x Townend dreamteam) – http://youtu.be/x63cVewXAeg
    “Our God Is Greater” (Chris Tomlin) – http://youtu.be/zlA5IDnpGhc
    “The Perfect Wisdom Of Our God” (Keith Getty x Stuart Townend) – http://youtu.be/z-22E3dWPUk
    “There Is A Day” – http://youtu.be/m0W6O6ZYadc
    “There Is A Hope” (Townend) – http://youtu.be/x7oYmUyUx6w

    And loads of the earlier EMU ones. Good lyrics, we think, but hard to find any music online:
    “Accepted” (Rob Smith)
    “At The Cross” (Bryson Smith x Philip Percival)
    “Behold The Lamb Of God” (Nicky Chiswell x Rob Smith) – http://youtu.be/Dw-fjgslBrk
    “Chosen, Justified and Glorified” (Philip Percival)
    “Compelled By Love” (Bryson Smith x Philip Percival)
    “Consider Christ” – http://youtu.be/8YjaCkhNeCI
    “Every Promise” (Bryson Smith x Philip Percival)
    “Great God, what do I see and hear” (Philip Percival)
    “Hallelujah To The King of Kings” – http://youtu.be/7uGw7WB1cg8
    “Highest Place” (Mark Peterson)
    “Nothing Can I Boast In” (Bryson Smith x Philip Percival)
    “Servants of the gospel” (Bryson Smith x Philip Percival)
    “Teach Us To Number Our Days” (Nicky Chiswell)
    “We Are His People” (Bryson Smith x Philip Percival) – http://youtu.be/sWeXu8IZ_T8
    “When He Returns” (Mark Peterson)
    “Where Else Have We To Go” (Nicky Chiswell)
    “Your Hand of Mercy” (Philip Percival)

    And some oldies:
    “Ancient of Days” (Jamie Harvill, Gary Sadler)
    “Before The Throne of God Above (Charitie Lees Bancroft, Vikki Cook)
    – don’t know if this was once a hymn
    “How deep the Father’s love for us” (Townend)
    “How great is Your love” (Mark Altrogge)
    “Knowing You” (Graham Kendrick)
    “King of Kings Majesty” (Jarrod Cooper)
    “O the mercy of God” (Geoff Bullock)
    “Salvation Belongs To Our God” (Adrian Howard x Pat Turner)
    “Thank You For the Cross” (Mark Altrogge)
    “The Glory of the Cross” (Bob Kauflin)
    “There Is A Higher Throne” (Keith and Kristyn Getty)
    “You Rescued Me” (Geoff Bullock)

    All the best!

  5. Thanks for all your suggestions, I know our brothers in Latvia and others around the world have been hugely encouraged. Yours in Him Andy

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