But there is good music out there – songs that kids can understand; songs that teach kids something about God; songs that remind us of just how big & magnificent & awesome our God is; songs that lead kids to worship.
If you are looking for good music to use with your kids on Sunday morning, then I highly recommend SovereignGraceKids. www.sovereigngracemusic.org
In 2004 SovereignGraceKids released “Awesome God,” their first kid’s album. They have since released 2 other albums, “To Be Like Jesus,” and “Walking with the Wise.” SovereignGraceKids have created music for kids that is fun, engaging, God-centered, and gospel-focused.
Here are my top 20 picks from Sovereign Grace Kids:
1. Jesus Came to Earth (Awesome God cd)
This is a joyful, high energy song. ‘Jesus Came to Earth’ is a song that celebrates Jesus as our Savior! It tells the story of Jesus, the Son of God who left the glories of heaven to come to earth, live a perfect life, die on the cross, rise from the dead, and return to heaven. It tells the gospel in simple language and then gives praise to Jesus. This song requires little explanation for kids. It was obviously written with kids in mind – the language is appropriate, the vocal range is right for kids, and with the first verse teaching the words and then sung again with the kids repeating, it is easy for the kids to learn. I love that this song focuses kid’s attention on Jesus!
2. Your Love (Awesome God cd)
This is a fast, high-energy song that focuses our attention on the love of God. I have sung this often with kids and they love it! “Your Love” is about the never-ending love of God. God loves us with an awesome, forever, everlasting love. God showed His great love by sending Jesus to die for our sins. One thing I love about this song is the focus on how God loves us even when we sin. Kids need to understand that God is faithful – He loves us and will forgive us if we admit our sin. This is a big issue for kids – they are well aware of the fact that they do wrong. This song reminds them that God loves them and will forgive them and will help them grow to be more and more like Jesus.
3. Almighty Creator (Awesome God cd)
This is a high-energy song that praises God for being our Creator. It tells of the mighty power of God. It reminds us that we have been created to love & worship God. It also talks of the gospel truth that because of Jesus we can be made new as children of God. This song requires little explanation for kids. In the chorus we sing, “All glory to Your name!” Talk with your kids about what it means to give God all the glory.
4. Who is Like You? (Awesome God cd)
This is a slower song that focuses on who God is. When we think about what God is like the appropriate response is worship. This song does require some explanation. There are words used to describe God that kids may not be familiar with. Also, rhetorical questions are used in this song. It is important that kids understand what that means. The first time you sing this song with kids you may want to read a couple Bible verses that describe the majesty and wonder of God. “Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? (Exodus 15:11) The wonder in this song is that this great big wonderful God loves us!
5. Mighty, Mighty Savior! (Awesome God cd)
‘Mighty, Mighty Savior’ is a joyful song of praise to Jesus, our Mighty Savior! It is a great song for kids. This song describes our state as sinners and our hope for salvation through Jesus who can take away our sin. This is a good song to use when transitioning between high energy songs and slower worship songs.
6. For You Are Holy (Awesome God cd)
This is a slow worship song that focuses on the holiness of our awesome God. It describes what God is like in words that kids can understand. When reminded of who God is and what He is like the natural response is worship. This songs reminds us that no one is like our God; no one can compare to Him – Only He has no beginning, is truth unending, is always wise. Only God has never sinned, cannot be tempted and can never die. This great God is holy and totally worthy of our worship!
7. To Be Like Jesus (To Be Like Jesus cd)
This is a fun, high energy song about following Jesus. Followers of Jesus grow to be more like Him. Evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work in their lives is more love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, & self-control. This song proclaims the desire to live life as a follower of Jesus. This is one of my favorite songs to sing with kids. I love this song and kids love it too! “I want to be like Jesus! To walk and talk like Jesus. I want to live like one who follows Him!”
8. Because You First Loved Me (To Be Like Jesus cd)
This is a good song to sing as you transition to slower songs or as a commitment song – one that you sing to declare your intention to live a certain way or to behave a particular way in the upcoming days. This is a song about loving others the way God loves us. This is a great song for kids because it addresses a very real issue – showing love to others. This is not always easy. But because God loved us first and showed us how to love, we can love others. Showing love is what disciples of Jesus do and this song is an encouragement to kids to be like Jesus by loving others.
9. Joy (To Be Like Jesus cd)
This is a high energy song that teaches the difference between joy and happiness. God gives us joy no matter what the circumstances. “You fill me with joy, Jesus. You are always with me. You alone can give me joy.” Our joy comes from knowing and trusting Jesus!
10. Peace (To Be Like Jesus cd)
This is slow song that I love to sing with kids. Kids understand being afraid and will find great comfort in knowing that God will give them peace. They do not need to be afraid because God is always with them. We can trust God to give us peace and to be with us always. This song talks about storms – many children are afraid of the dark or thunderstorms. The song reminds us that Jesus calmed the storm and raging sea with a word. The first time you sing this song, you may want to read that story to the kids and ask them to listen for it in the song. At the end of this song, 4 different children quote Bible verses about peace. I love this verse: “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
The last 10 top picks from SovereignGraceKids will be in the next post. Come back soon!