“He who sings prays twice.” —St. Augustine
Humanity has used songs to praise God since the very beginning. In Moses’ time, the Hebrews sang songs of joy and praise to God when He saved them from the Egyptians. Centuries later, King David and the Israelites were still writing and singing songs. In fact, the Psalms weren’t written as a book, but as lyrics to David’s songs of worship and pain, joy and sorrow. Jesus and His disciples sang a Hebrew song on the night of the Last Supper before they went into the Garden of Gethsemane. Even after the Resurrection, the Apostle Paul wrote to the disciples, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly… as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16). Music is a sacred and beautiful part of our Liturgy and is a profound way to open our hearts to God.
How do I pray with music?
Since Christians have been making music for centuries, we have a great variety in the styles of Christian music so that everyone can encounter God in a deeper way through beauty. Here are some artists and songs to help you praise God in song:
Be Thou My Vision, by Audrey Assad
Tantum Ergo Sacramentum
The Lord’s My Shepherd, by Stuart Townend
Who You Say I Am, by Hillsong Worship
Reckless Love, by Cory Asbury
O Magnum Mysterium, by Morten Lauridsen