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Worship Music – Songs That Speak Volume

Is there a certain worship song that is your favorite, your go-to, the one you blast on your way to church or when you’re having a mid-week homework crisis and need to re-ground yourself?

For me, there’s a song that deeply impacted me in 2017. It’s called “No Longer Slaves” by Bethel Music. I don’t have the best voice out there, but whenever I hear it, I always sing at the top of my lungs.

I got baptized when I was 16, at a youth camp through my church. We were on houseboats for the week on this massive lake, so it was honestly a very cool place to get baptized… but that’s not the point.

I’ve been chronically ill since I was 12, with a wide variety of health issues and crazy stories. A few days before going to this summer camp, I so badly wanted to not go. Even though it was with a lot of my friends, I was feeling sick, hopeless, and at a weak point in my faith journey. My mom made me go, and it was a great experience.

One night during worship on top of all the boats, we sang “No Longer Slaves”. I felt this weight lift off my body. I had been holding on so tight to my illness and my hopelessness. I wanted to feel in control, even though I knew everything I was experiencing was so far out of my control. In that moment, I made a decision to recommit to my relationship with the Lord.

Before then, I had always been a Christian in a sense, because I had grown up in a Christian family. However, this trip really gave me the chance to discover my faith on my own for the first time.

I love the lyrics of the chorus, “I’m no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God.” In that moment I was singing the song at camp, I no longer felt afraid of the things that were out of my control. I knew that God had it all in His hands. Although I still have weak moments in my faith, and still struggle with my health, I know that God’s got me. And that makes me breathe a sigh of relief.

Is there a certain song or group that you love to listen to, that has impacted you in some way?

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