So often it's a song played just at the right time or with just the right lyrics that lights our souls on fire, spurring us forward in our faith or prayer life.
Over time, I’ve discovered some gems on YouTube that never fail to lift me up, no matter how many times they’re replayed!
So if you're also looking for a boost in your soul or faith life, here are seven YouTube worship sessions that may very well have that Spirit-filled "something" you need!
Note: In no way does this comprise all of the beautiful worship music available to discover. In addition, these suggestions are more contemporary, but there are so many traditional forms of music/Latin chant that are equally as moving.
1. Promises (feat Joe L Barnes & Naomi Raine) – Maverick City
This song is a total head-bobber-arm-raiser (for lack of better words). It starts with “God of Abraham, you’re the God of covenants, and faithful promises…” and essentially continues from there with the theme of adoring the Lord’s faithfulness. The theme is immense, but I think there’s also something so powerful about seeing a room of young people absorbed in praise for God.
2. Steadfast Worship – Hymns at Home
As a staff member of Salt + Light Media, I really don’t mean to brag, but there is something indescribable about Steadfast Worship’s Hymns at Home session. Each song during the 30-minute show is pure fire. This awesome Catholic band brings it home (I’m talking all the way to Heaven) in this video! Thanks again to Steadfast Worship for being on our show!
3. The Commons: Open My Eyes/Abre Mis Ojos – Jesse Manibusan
Recently, I’ve become a huge fan of Jesse Manibusan and his work as a Catholic singer/songwriter! In this video he pairs up with special guest Elena Belen Salinas to perform “Open My Eyes”, a gorgeous song which, as he describes, was the fruit of lectio divina.
4. I Don’t Have Much – Corey Voss & Sarah Kroger, REVERE
This song takes on a more intimate and sincere tone than the others mentioned so far. “I Don’t Have Much” is not an anthem but rather a quiet surrendering to God and admittance of your overwhelming smallness. I love this song because some days it can feel like all that one can muster to sing/pray.
5. Lamb of God (Agnus Dei) – Josh Blakesley
This worship session is only 1:35 in length, but it packs a lot into that small time frame! Josh Blakesley leads this choir through the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) during a Mass of Restoration. After watching this video, the Agnus Dei at Mass has taken on a new meaning in my heart.
6. O Come to the Altar (Elevation Worship Cover) – Fr. Rob Galea
Fr. Rob Galea offers us his rendition of “O Come to the Altar”, and it’s absolutely wonderful! What makes this more impactful is perhaps watching a priest sing the words, “Jesus is calling”, “leave behind your regrets and mistakes”, and “the Father’s arms are open wide” — the song takes on another dimension!
7. Promesas – Maverick City
The Spanish version no one expected but everyone needed! This slower solo spinoff tugs my heartstrings in a more profound way even than the original (see #1).