Popular Contemporary Christian Songs You Should Know

While hymns were amazing for their time and still prove a valid part of some aspects of the service, many churches are embracing contemporary worship through the inclusion of various types of Christian pop during their song services. There are many beloved options from various artists like For King & Country, Elevation Worship, Hillsong United, Zach Williams, Cory Asbury and others to choose from. The following are some of the most noteworthy and present well known offerings from the popular contemporary Christian arena you should want to know:

God Only Knows by For King & Country

Grammy award-winning group For King and Country is made up of Australian natives Luke and Joel. Lead singer Joel shares some thoughts on the “why” behind the band’s hit God Only Knows. “There are some things that, man, God does only know. We’ve got our shame, we’ve got our troubles, we’ve got our prejudice, we’ve got our judgments. God knows your heart and in turn, the flip of that is, God also carries this love that is sort of the superman of all love.” Lyrics like the following further communicate the deep, rich message of this song, that we all are struggling and that we all feel alone in that struggle.

God only knows what you've been through

God only knows what they say about you

God only knows how it's killing you

But there’s a kind of love that God only knows

This simple message is rife with meaning in that we all struggle in this world, yet we all somehow assume we are the only ones struggling and that no one would understand if we ever let them see the “real us''. Thankfully, God does see the real us and there is a kind of love that only He can give, and He freely gives that to us!

Graves Into Gardens by Elevation Worship

Top Christian Artist of the year Elevation Worship’s Graves Into Gardens is nominated for Christian Song of the Year for good reason. This testimony song communicates the power and authority of an all-powerful God. It’s a song that faithfully proclaims not just how good God is in general but how good He is to each one of us personally. This doesn’t mean that life is easy. On the contrary. However, in the song from Graves into Gardens, we see how God is present in even the most hopeless of situations, and He can turn our graves into gardens through His mighty power and unmatched authority.

Another In The Fire by Hillsong United

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Nominated for Christian Song of the Year, this Hillsong offering tells a powerful story through these meaningful and eloquent lyrics. The overarching message of Another in the Fire is one that exudes confidence that God never leaves us. It is based on the Old Testament account of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego that can be found in the Book of Daniel. To sum it up, these three men refuse to bend a knee and worship an idol but instead remain faithful to their God in the face of persecution. This lands them in some fire, quite literally as King Nebuchadnezzar orders them to face certain death by being thrown into a raging furnace since they would not yield and worship other gods.

However, after being thrown into the furnace, instead of burning up, they are saved and the king even sees a fourth man walking among them, presumably the pre-incarnate Christ protecting them from harm. Therefore, this song’s message is that we have God with us through the “fires” of life, so there is “another” with us each and every day just as there was with these three faithful followers.

There Was Jesus by Zach Williams & Dolly Parton

This is another potential Christian Song of the Year as this has been nominated for the distinction as well. There Was Jesus features well-known Christian artist Zach Williams along with the immensely precious Dolly Parton whom everyone loves. Zach Williams was asked about this song and said the following about the “why” behind the offering:

“So, ‘There Was Jesus’ is a song that’s really just about the reflection. I’m looking back 20 years ago where I had no idea that God was in the moment, that He was even with me through some of the things I had going on in my life. Looking back now, I can see that He had His hand in everything I was doing. He was creating a way and honestly allowing me to live through some of these experiences.”

The Father’s House by Cory Asbury

Finally, the last song on our list is also nominated for the Christian Song of the Year. Cory Asbury explains that The Father’s House actually came out of a place of exhaustion when he realized while on tour that he was broken, messed up, weary, and felt he couldn't go on. He began to pour his heart out before a caring and loving God and was immediately given a message “God didn’t want perfect. He just wanted my heart.” Therefore, this song is one of restoration, rejuvenation, and rest, getting back to the things that matter most. The following lyrics explain the message of the song beautifully:

Sometimes on this journey

I get lost in my mistakes

What looks to me like weakness

Is a canvas for your strength

And my story isn’t over

My story’s just begun

And failure won’t define me

‘Cause that’s what my Father does

What an amazingly powerful message of the immense depths of God’s love and His amazing grace for us.

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  • Vickie Broussard On

    Another in the Fire as well as Good God Almighty, have been songs that helped carry my family thru the darkness. My 21yr son was killed in auto accident in March 2021. But, serving a Mighty God and songs that speak to your heart and prayers from friends and family are keeping us above the water.

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  • Kimberly Herman On

    I have had anxiety attacks in the shower and the only thing that has helped is listening to my Christian music. I have had a rough life and suffer from PTSD, so I literally hang on to every word that is sung. “God only knows” and “Rescue” by Lauren Daigle are very precious and speak to me. I’m currently going through a difficult situation health wise, going on for a year now & getting worse. Meds to treat me are limited bc I’m allergic to some for my Crohn’s, complicated by my handful of autoimmune diseases, esp my rare disease Dercum’s that causes me pain 24/7 & there’s no cure for. My Dr said that if something doesn’t work, I’ll have to have an ostomy and that’s my worst fear! I wear my love in faith tshirts to be reminded that God loves me and gives me the strength I desperately need right now. Prayers would be greatly appreciated.😔

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