As homemakers, it is our responsibility to set the tone of our homes. As Christians, we must be diligent in striving to create cross-centered homes by being mindful of the Gospel in our daily lives. One of the ways I do this is to sing and listen to music with lyrics that are specifically about the death, burial and resurrection of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Every morning, before or after our devotions, my daughter and I sing a few Bible songs or Scripture songs. I almost always start off with “This is the Day” to remind us that God has given us a new day and we should rejoice in it. Then we sing a few of her favorite songs. (Right now we sing “I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy” and “Jesus Loves Me” a lot). While most of these are not specifically about the Gospel message, they are easy for her to sing and help us focus our hearts and mind on Christ.
Throughout the day we listen to Pandora or CDs by my favorite Christian artists when we are making meals, doing chores or performing other tasks in our daily routines. I also sing hymns to her as she is trying to fall asleep at naptime and bedtime.
A Dozen of My Favorite Cross-Centered Songs
These are my personal favorites and some popular worship songs and hymns that specifically refer to the Gospel. While these are relevant to us at any time of the year, they are especially meaningful as we prepare to celebrate during the Easter season.
- Glorious Day
- How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
- In Christ Alone
- It Is Well with My Soul
- Jesus Paid It All
- Lead Me to the Cross
- Love Crusified, Arose
- Once Again
- The Glory of the Cross
- The Wonderful Cross
If you would like to see music videos of these songs, you can view them on my YouTube playlist: Cross-Centered Worship.
Obviously, worship is more than just singing. We are to worship the Lord by striving to glorify Him in everything we do. However, I think music is a wonderful tool that helps us enter into an attitude of worship. (Studying the Bible helps too!)
I know my list is missing a lot of great songs, so I would love it if you shared your favorites. I will try to add them to my playlist when I have a chance!
How do you encourage worship in your home? What are your favorite songs? Share in a comment below!