What are the best youth worship songs?
- As You Find Me by Hillsong UNITED
- Greater by MercyMe
- Your Love Awakens Me by Phil Wickham
- Waymaker by Micahel W. Smith
- Stand in Your Love by Josh Baldwin
- Resurrecting by Elevation Worship
- Canvas and Clay by Pat Barrett and Ben Smith
Worship songs become food for our souls and are meant to nurture our relationship with God. The best youth worship songs become prayers that we sing with our communities and in our hearts, and reminds us of the truth of God’s love. Nowadays, there is no lack of songs for youth pastors to use in our churches, with access easier than ever through music streaming apps.
Using songs of praise and worship before God has become not just a part of our faith, but also our lifestyle. However, as with any aspect of our faith, we should approach our worship through songs with purposeful intention. Throughout our spiritual journey, we must be careful by checking if the song lyrics we use are Biblical or not; songs must reflect the glory & majesty of God, Gospel truth, and must draw us to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Listed below are some of our recommendations for the best worship songs for young Christians.
As You Find Me by Hillsong UNITED
This song reminds us of God’s unfailing love for His children. He loves us wherever we are in life, and never tires of doing so even if we feel undeserving of it. As people, we all have our shortcomings and can’t help but stumble as we go through life. There may be many young people out there who feel unworthy of His love and can get discouraged from practicing their faith.
However, this song will tell them that’s not how God works, and there is no child that He would turn away if they wanted to go to Him. He will always be there for us no matter how far we’ve strayed, as Deuteronomy 31:6 says “…it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Greater by MercyMe
With all the distractions out there in the world, it is so easy for the youth to get lost in their daily lives and forget their greater purpose — to someone greater.
Listening to this song, you will be reminded that God lives in all of us and that everything we can face in our daily lives is nothing compared to Him. Remember that the trials and tribulations of our daily lives are not the end, because no matter what, He is with us at every step of the way, like Psalms 46:1 reminds us that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” As a plus, this song is also pretty upbeat and catchy!
Your Love Awakens Me by Phil Wickham
When we turn away from Him, our lives can become directionless and gray. This song tells us of how His love can ‘awaken’ us. When we embrace God, we also embrace the grace and beauty of life and our days become brighter. “Your love is greater, Your love is stronger, Your love awakens me.” This song talks about moving out of your dreary past days and moving forward into brighter ones with God by your side, as David reminds us in Psalm 30:5 that weeping may last through the night, but God’s joy comes with the morning.
Waymaker by Michael W. Smith
One of the favorite songs of many Christians worldwide before the pandemic, Michael W. Smith featuring Vanessa Campagna’s version of Waymaker has made a purposeful impact on the lives of many people who have heard this song.
Waymaker is a song proclaiming the mighty power of God continuously working in us even if we don’t see it or feel it, as the lyrics say. Having such an amazingly powerful message, this song also reminds us that God is always Sovereignly in control of anything and everything that is happening in the whole universe, and our response to it must be our praises and worship held high, giving Him all the glory.
Stand in Your Love by Josh Baldwin
There will be times when you feel fear — it might even feel so overwhelming that you can’t seem to move. The lyrics in this song tell us that we won’t be shaken if we simply lean on God during these moments. However, it can be scary to put your trust in God’s hands when everything else seems to be falling apart. This song will become your battle cry when this happens and will encourage you to trust in the power of God when you can’t bear your burdens alone, as Proverbs 3:5-6 encourages us to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts and lean not on our own understanding, and to acknowledge God in all of our ways.
Resurrecting by Elevation Worship
Not only should we sing about what God’s love can do for us, but we should also sing praises for His victories. “Resurrecting” is a song of triumph and reminds us of Jesus’ trials as well as his victory over death. It talks about how that same victory rises in all of us to give new life to the believers. It also talks about how He died for us, and how the glory of his resurrection is proof of His love for us. Jesus Himself said in John 11:25 that He is the resurrection and the life and that whoever believes in Him, though he die, yet shall he live.
Canvas and Clay by Pat Barrett and Ben Smith
Lastly, this song reminds us of why we were made and put onto this Earth. We are all creations of God made in His image, and we were made with intention and purpose.
The lyrics sing that “… we are wonderfully made”! It can be so easy for the youth to get caught up in societal pressures and compare themselves with their peers, which is why this song is so important for them to listen to. Knowing that God intended to make us the way that we are will encourage us to accept that we are all works of art, as Isaiah 43:7 tells us, “everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
In Psalm 98:1, the verse tells us to “sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done marvelous deeds.” Indeed, our youth must sing the truths of God’s work and victory. Singing these truths helps anchor His word in our hearts. Through this practice, we can gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for Him.
As with any other list, these are only a few of the best youth worship songs out there. Many more wonderful songs from talented artists exist and we encourage you to keep on listening and looking for more. Tune in to SAVED Radio to discover new artists and songs!