It’s been in the news again. Another suicide. Statistics show that a huge number of people battle regularly with depression. And that number is only growing. If you’re a worship leader, you have a unique opportunity, through the songs you lead, to give hope to the hopeless. To aid you, we’ve compiled 7 worship songs for those fighting depression. Included in this list are all the resources you’ll need to sing these songs in your worship services.
The joy of heaven, when Jesus will make “all things new” and “bind every wound”, is perhaps the greatest hope any Christian can hold on to. Often in depression, there are constant questions and deep fears. In this song Matt Redman writes…
One day You’ll make sense of it all, Jesus
One day every question resolved
Every anxious thought left behind
No more fear
Of all the worship songs for those fighting depression, this is probably the most suited. So much so that Redman, when breaking into a spontaneous song on the recording, explicitly references it, celebrating the day when there will be “no more depression.”
Tender in mood and hopeful in spirit, this song is a perfect meditation on the promises that await the Christian after the darkness of this life is over.
This is a battle song for the depressed. When the darkness causes a person to feel that there is no hope, this song proclaims over and over again:
Jesus, Jesus, You make the darkness tremble
Jesus, Jesus, You silence fear
Beginning with an ambient sound and heartbeat-like beat, this song immediately feels safe and draws the listener in with the prayer…
Peace bring it all to peace
The storms surrounding me
Let it break at Your name
And then almost as if we’re on a journey to believe it, the song rises to a full-bodied, anthem-like celebration proclaiming that Jesus truly can break the darkness.
This song, with its tender melody and timeless lyrics, is a perfect song for anyone going through any kind of grief. But for those struggling with depression, it has a special word of comfort:
When I fear my faith will fail
Christ will hold me fast
When the tempter would prevail
He will hold me fast
I could never keep my hold
Through life’s fearful path
For my love is often cold
He must hold me fast
This kind of darkness is so common that many great worship songs for those fighting depression have been written. This is one of the best.
When depression makes a person’s feelings slow to catch up to what they know is true, this song offers truth to sing over the feelings:
I count on one thing, the same God that never fails
Will not fail me now
I choose to praise, to glorify
Yes, I will lift You high, in the lowest valley
With its catchy melody and satisfying beat this song will stick all week long, constantly bringing these truths to mind.
This song can be summed up simply this way: a hope-filled prayer. It’s honest about the darkness:
Walking around these walls
I thought by now they’d fall
But at the same time, it’s hopeful:
I know the night won’t last
You’ve never failed me yet
This hopefulness leads naturally to the bridge of the song where the music begins to build and a sense of faith seems to grow with it.
I’ve seen you move, You move the mountains
And I believe I’ll see you do it again
Maybe for those who’ve battled a long time with depression, who feel God beginning to free them from it, this song is exactly what they need.
This classic song is good for any Christian. Its rehearsal of foundational truths is the substance of lasting hope and true peace. Christians who grow up on this foundation, though they will still face the darkness, will have the truths they need to stay strong.
In Passion’s stirring version of this song, there is a chorus of response at the end. So after singing…
In Christ alone, my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This cornerstone, this solid ground
firm through the fiercest drought and storm
…the worshipper is led to sing out…
I find my strength, I find my home
I find my help, in Christ alone
When fear assails, when darkness falls
I find my peace, in Christ alone
Whether the Christian is in the middle of the storm or likely to face it in the future, this song is a weapon against the darkness.
Surely nothing can be more reassuring in the midst of loneliness, weakness, and fear than this truth:
And when I feel like I’m all alone
Your love defends me
Although the battle it rages on
The war’s already won
Couched in an inviting melody and anthemic chorus, this song is perfect for the Christian weary with the struggle and needing to know that God is fighting for us even when we don’t have the strength.