New Songs to Sing

By Joel Dipert

Psalm 96 tells us:
"Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day."

Unfortunately, there are only so many new songs we (the worship team) can introduce to our congregation in the course of a year. There are so many amazing songs being written and recorded for the Church that we honestly won't get to sing them all together in the couple hours we have on a Sunday morning. But "day to day" there are opportunities to "sing to the Lord a new song" in churches, stadiums, coffee shops, offices, cars, and showers at every moment. 

I thought I would share some recent album releases that have helped guide my own personal times of worship lately. As I've written before, every song that we introduce to our congregation is looked at very closely to ensure the lyrics are true to scripture, edifying to the church, and glorifying to God. Even the sources of the songs are often considered in order to ensure that we don't point our congregation to unhealthy doctrinal movements or controversial subjects. The following list of albums is not exclusively made up of these thoroughly vetted songs and thus we would not consider singing every song on each album in our church. Nor should this be considered an endorsement of every doctrinal belief of the artists who wrote or recorded them. My intention is simply to share with you some new Christian/worship music to help you put a new song of praise on your lips as you prepare dinner, drive to and from work, or as you sit down with a good book on a Sunday afternoon :)

1. 'A Mirror Dimly' by Citizens and Saints

Citizens and Saints bring their signature indy rock sound to this their latest album, but this time they've traded their synthy hooks for blood, sweat, and tears in the crafting of the lyrics. Yes, it's still catchy and even a bit dancey here and there, but there is a depth and rawness to the laments on this record that I don't think they've reached before now. Listen to 'Relent' and 'Doubting Doubts' and you'll know what I mean.

Citizens and Saints bring their signature indy rock sound to this their latest album, but this time they've traded their synthy hooks for blood, sweat, and tears in the crafting of the lyrics. Yes, it's still catchy and even a bit dancey here and there, but there is a depth and rawness to the laments on this record that I don't think they've reached before now. Listen to 'Relent' and 'Doubting Doubts' and you'll know what I mean.

If you're a fan of Norah Jones's earlier albums, you might want to check this one out. Sandra McCracken seems to consistently turn out modern hymns and songs that you'd swear you've heard before, but you couldn't possibly have. It may be the constant use of scripture pulled word for word from the pages of the Bible. Or maybe it's the combination of Sandra's dedication to the craft of intentional songwriting and the fabulous Nashville professionals back her. Whatever the case, these are some special songs.

If you're a fan of Norah Jones's earlier albums, you might want to check this one out. Sandra McCracken seems to consistently turn out modern hymns and songs that you'd swear you've heard before, but you couldn't possibly have. It may be the constant use of scripture pulled word for word from the pages of the Bible. Or maybe it's the combination of Sandra's dedication to the craft of intentional songwriting and the fabulous Nashville professionals back her. Whatever the case, these are some special songs.

We've been singing 'Exalted Over All' and 'A Thousand Tongues' for the past couple months now, but this album is still relatively new. In a way, this is kind of our music as it's out of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago. Now's your chance to learn the rest of the album because we will definitely be singing more of these songs together.

We've been singing 'Exalted Over All' and 'A Thousand Tongues' for the past couple months now, but this album is still relatively new. In a way, this is kind of our music as it's out of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago. Now's your chance to learn the rest of the album because we will definitely be singing more of these songs together.

Paul Baloche is such an inspiration. Not because there are so many flashy, dazzling things on this album, but precisely because there aren't! Paul has such a huge heart for the local church and equipping local worship leaders for the ministry of leading their congregation in worship. I've read several articles and interviews with Paul and his humility outshines his incredible skill as a musician every time. Look for some of these songs coming to a church near you soon ;)

Paul Baloche is such an inspiration. Not because there are so many flashy, dazzling things on this album, but precisely because there aren't! Paul has such a huge heart for the local church and equipping local worship leaders for the ministry of leading their congregation in worship. I've read several articles and interviews with Paul and his humility outshines his incredible skill as a musician every time. Look for some of these songs coming to a church near you soon ;)

This album is really my first foray into the music of 'All Sons and Daughters' and I've been pleasantly surprised. The songwriting to production on this album is top notch. The themes of some of the songs are not often sung about, but once you hear it you think, "why aren't we singing about that?"

This album is really my first foray into the music of 'All Sons and Daughters' and I've been pleasantly surprised. The songwriting to production on this album is top notch. The themes of some of the songs are not often sung about, but once you hear it you think, "why aren't we singing about that?"

I'd love to hear what you think about these picks and if you have any recent releases that you'd recommend listening to. Leave a comment below.