Growing in Gratitude

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Three Worshipful Songs to Help You Do That
Grace McCready

Truth be told, I’m not always a fan of worship music. Some songs have great words but seem to drag on and on, while others are really short but also really shallow. Maybe that’s why it’s so fun to discover new (and old) worship songs with meaningful lyrics and beautiful music—it feels like I’m discovering a fantastic hole-in-the-wall restaurant that I didn’t know existed.
As the fall season continues and as Thanksgiving approaches, consider incorporating these worshipful songs into your quiet time to grow in gratitude and praise God for all He has done:

  1. “Even If” by MercyMe
    I realize this is a subjective statement, but I genuinely think that this is one of the best Christian songs that has ever been written. The words are so relevant and comforting for anyone who’s in the midst of suffering, but the worshipful aspect of it is what truly matters. This song ultimately leads the listener in trustful worship, as this truth is echoed throughout: God is able to rescue us from difficult circumstances, but we can’t lose hope when He chooses not to because of His loving character and proven faithfulness.
  1. “Gratitude” by I Am They (featuring Cheyenne Mitchell)
    There are other versions of this song, but this version is my favorite because of the fantastic harmonies you can hear throughout it. The lyrics are powerful and remind us that we really have nothing to offer God. But the song also reminds us that we can (and should) bring our gratitude and praise to Him, nonetheless.
  1. “It’s Always Been You” by Phil Wickham
    When I first found this song, I couldn’t stop listening to it. The music is amazing, and the lyrics are even better. I love how Phil Wickham points to God’s constant presence and protection. Perhaps we don’t really think about the fact that God is always guarding His children from a vast host of things and situations, but that’s a key aspect of His character and is definitely worth being thankful for.

I hope these worshipful songs cause you to lift up your voice to God in praise and thankfulness. As you listen to these songs for the first time (and second time and third time and every time after that), let the words soak into your soul. Know that you are indescribably loved by God and respond in praise.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; to declare Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night, with the ten-stringed lute and with the harp, with resounding music upon the lyre. For You, O Lord, have made me glad by what You have done, I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands. (Psalm 92:1-4 NASB1995)

  Grace McCready enjoys spending time with her family, hanging out with friends, and watching her favorite TV shows. She is the author of Real Recovery: What Eating Disorder Recovery Actually Looks Like (2022). She shares her struggles on her blog,Tizzie's Tidbits of Truth.
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