The David Crowder Band is my favorite Christian band of all time. When I was a teenager in high school navigating the waters of adolescence and Christianity, The David Crowder Band changed me, shaped me, and encouraged me through their thought-provoking, theologically rich, and downright worshipful music. Here are 6 David Crowder Band songs that shaped me.
1. Here Is Our King – A Collision (2005)
It brings me to tears every time. “Here is our King, here is our Love, here is our God who’s come to bring us back to Him.” This song brought out the life-changing truth of the gospel, that Jesus is my King, my love, and my God came to bring me back to him in spite of my sin and filth. This song opened my eyes to the fact that the King of the universe loved me so much that he came to earth and died so that he could bring me back to Him.
Song and lyrics here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUjrbuQ4WOw&spfreload=10
2. Wholly Yours – A Collision (2005)
“I am full of earth, You are heaven’s worth, I am stained with dirt, prone to depravity, You are everything that is bright and clean, The antonym of me, You are divinity.” The intro to this beautiful song of praise taught me how Holy God is and how depraved I am. This led to a deeper understanding of the beauty and power of grace: “And the truest sign of grace was this: From wounded hands redemption fell down, Liberating Man.” From Christ’s wounded hands on the cross I was redeemed and liberated. This realization causes me to sing loudly the final chorus of this song: “So here I am, all of me, Finally everything, Wholly, wholly, wholly, I am wholly, wholly, wholly, I am wholly, wholly, wholly Yours.”
Song and lyrics here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdSKNBNzB4w&spfreload=10
3. I Saw The Light – A Collision (2005)
The first time I heard David Crowder Band’s version of “I Saw the Light” I confused at first (having not grown up hearing hymns sung in church). But by the end, I was clapping, dancing, and declaring that I had seen the light. This happenin’ rendition of the classic hymn taught me how to celebrate the new life of light that I live because of Jesus. “I saw the light, I saw the light No more darkness, no more night. Now I’m so happy, no sorrow in sight Praise the Lord, I saw the light!”
Song and lyrics here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lTP7bAum68&spfreload=10
4. O Praise Him (All This For A King) – Illuminate (2003)
All of creation declares the glory of God. I knew this truth in my head as a kid, but “O Praise Him (All This For A King)” grabbed my heart and helped me realize that when I sing “All to Christ our King” or any other song of praise that I am joining in with all of creation to declare the holiness of God. King Jesus is so holy and so worthy of all the praise in the universe that it moves me to sing “O Praise Him! O Praise Him! O Praise Him! He is Holy!”
Song and lyrics here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vlqU_24ccM&spfreload=10
5. God Almighty None Compares – Church Music (2009)
This is another song that powerfully declares the greatness of God. As a teenager, I didn’t have an accurate view of the grandeur and majesty of God. The guitar and drums in this song grabbed my attention first, but then I began to listen more closely to the lyrics: “Glory and honor, wisdom and power, Grace and fury, splendor and might. O You are splendor and might! Matchless beauty, endless light!” To dwell on these words declaring God’s majesty led me to a better understanding of God’s greatness and power. “None compares to You, None compares to You, There is none like You! Holy, holy God almighty!”
Song and lyrics here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4ey91z01Ck&spfreload=10
6. Oh Great God Give Us Rest – Give Us Rest (2012)
“We’re all worn thin from all of this, At the end of our hope with nothing left.” We’ve all been there haven’t we? We’ve all cried out to God in our weariness and pain something like these words: “Could you take a song and make it thine, From a crooked heart twisted up like mine? Would you open up Heaven’s glory light? Shine on in and give these dead bones life.” These lyrics bring out the reality that when we are honest and cry out to God in our weariness and brokenness, he lifts us up and transforms our songs of lament into songs of joy. I can’t explain it, I can’t define it, but I remember singing this song loudly alone in my car. When I was at the end of my hope and I cried out to God honestly for the first time in a long time and he shined in and brought life into my dead bones.
Song and lyrics here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sdK0BgqSIg&spfreload=10
Thank you God for using this music to bring people to yourself and to make your name great. Thank you David Crowder Band for your heart and passion for music declaring the glory of God. Your music guided me and brought me closer to God throughout the most formative years of my life. I cannot thank you enough.
What do you think of these songs? What songs have had an impact on your life and walk with God? Please comment and share! I look forward to hearing!