The Powerful Benefits of
Christian songs do a lot more than entertain us: they also provide comfort, encouragement, and instruction. Ephesians 5:19 tells us to "speak to one another with Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs" and in Colossians 3:16 we are instructed to "Let the Word of Christ dwell within you as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom and as you sing Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts." Clearly, there is something to be said for the power of spiritual songs in the hearts and minds of believers.
When you memorize the lyrics of songs that are especially impactful to you, if you recall them in your mind when you are distressed they can have a positive influence over your thoughts and emotions. For example, if you are afraid and you think about the song by Francesca Battistelli called The Breakup Song, your fear may fade and you instead may feel empowered. Music has a way of reaching us that words cannot, so I encourage you to try this approach to handling your negative emotions.
I have created a list below linked to songs that I hope you will find helpful. Please email me with your thoughts. I would love to hear from you!
For more information about the benefits of Christian music, you can refer to my dissertation at https://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2085&context=doctoral