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25 Christian Songs to Help Battle Depression

If you read my blog regularly, you know that I live with a couple mental health diagnoses.  Recently, with some suggestions from friends, I created a playlist of songs that remind me of who I am to God, and who He is to me.  I titled it "Truth to Quell the Lies" and I turn to it when I'm struggling.  Because Depression is a liar.  It distorts my sense of self and my understanding of God's love for me. This playlist helps.

But let me be clear: I'm not saying that all you or I need for good mental health is a happy little ditty, or that some piece of christian culture will fix us.  I wouldn't dismiss your pain like that. This Playlist is a tool that I use.  Just like therapy and medication and regular doctor visits and good self care are tools.  Sometimes music can say to me what words alone cannot.  

So here are 25 songs that sooth my soul when I'm hurting.  I hope they are a helpful start to your own encouraging playlist.

1. Trust in You - Lauren Daigle

2.It's Not Over Yet - For King & Country

3. Come Though Fount of every Blessing - Sarah Noelle

4. Oh How He Loves Us - David Crowder Band

5. I'll Keep On - NF, Jeremiah Carlson

6. I Hear the Saviour Say - Clarensau

7. Beautiful Things - Gungor

8. The Stand - Shane & Shane

9. Prodigal - Sidewalk Prophets

10. Nothing But the Blood - Andy Cherry

11. Live Like That - Sidewalk Prophets

12. You are More -Tenth Avenue North

13.  Lifesong - Casting Crowns

14. No Longer Slaves - Shane & Shane

15. Thy Will - Hillary Scott & The Scott Family

16.  Hello, My Name Is - Matthew West

17. It is Well - Kristen Dimarco

18. Come as You Are - Crowder

19. Psalm 34 - Shane & Shane

20. My Story - Big Daddy Weave

21. Build your kingdom Here - Rend Collective

22. I surrender All - citizens

23. Whom Shall I fear (God of Angel Armies) - Jon Bauer

24. Praise You in This Storm - casting crowns

25. Never Let You Go - Manafest

Is there a super encouraging song that I missed?  Mention it in the comments below! And will you take a moment to follow me on facebook, twitter, or instagram?



  2. Might I recommend the song... You're gonna be ok Jenn Johnson and Cecie's lullaby by Steffany Gretzinger

    they have helped me.

  3. I love the story behind "It is Well With My Soul"- as you've said before - when things aren't right in this world or my life - my soul is still intact, praise given to God! This helps me when I start to feel myself slide back into the blues. (I was treated for chronic depression again 6 years ago and by God's grace, this time the medicine worked. Now I am thankful when I get the blues, because it reminds me of what I have finally been delivered from.)

  4. "Nothing's Gonna Keep Me From You" by Out of the Grey

  5. Oh Lord-Lauren Daigle
    Free, just say Jesus, Revivel - 7th time down
    Anythig from the News Boys
    and a few song my church's worship band wrote.
    I started cousleing about 4 weeks ago for depression and found christian music helps me a lot. I also started playing bass in my church band. It's a big challange since I never took lessons. But this give my brain something to focus on.

  6. Remind Me by Jason Gray (the video is powerful too).