6 Songs To Listen To When You’re Afraid

July 11, 2016

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6 songs to listen to when afraid

We live in a world dominated by fear. Cultures fear their way of life is being threatened. Officers fear their safety is being threatened. Citizens fear their rights are being threatened. It is far too easy for the devil to wrap us up in his lies of fear and uncertainty and strip away from us the peace that passes all understanding. We cannot choose to live in fear. As Christians, we must stand tall, strengthen our stance, and fight for the peace that God promised us.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

The search for peace often comes up empty because we are looking in the wrong places. We look for peace in our friends, our family, our spouses, yet that is not where God has placed our peace. Our peace is in God alone, and we must look to Him to find it and experience it.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7

Music helps me. I find the peace of God in a guitar strum, a gentle voice, a violin in the background. I believe God uses music to touch the hearts of His people. I want to share with you 6 songs that God has used to touch my heart with peace in times of fear.

#1: No Sweeter Name by Kari Jobe

When I began to think of this list, there was no better song to place at the top. I’ve struggled a lot in the past few years with depression and anxiety. There was a time, several years ago, that fear ruled my life. This song is what pulled me through. I would pray and I would sing “No sweeter name than the name of Jesus; no sweeter name have I ever known. No sweeter name than the name of Jesus,” over and over and over again, usually until I fell asleep. This song speaks truth and powerfully ushers in the peace and presence of God.

Listen to it: Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube

#2: It Is Well by Jimmy Needham

I could fill this entire list with Jimmy Needham songs, but I’ll give you just one. While this is a remake of an old hymn, it still touches deep into my heart. The story behind It Is Well is one of God’s absolute, undeniable, incredible grace. Horatio Spafford, the man behind the song, penned It Is Well after he suffered an unfathomable family tragedy, just years after almost being ruined by the Chicago Fire. He could have chosen to live in sorrow and fear, but he chose instead to seek out the peace of God, the peace that had to pass all understanding. It is a song of finding peace in the midst of turmoil, of finding God in the midst of what seems like hell.

Listen to it: Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube

#3: Stars by Skillet

This song doesn’t follow Skillet’s usual style, but it’s still a bit more upbeat than others on this list. My husband has loved this song since he first heard it on the radio, and I have to agree with him. The premise of Stars is that we are loved by the very God who holds the stars in place, yet knows our heart deeply. If He can love us so perfectly, and speak so peacefully into our hearts, we have nothing to fear. “Your love has called my name; what do I have to fear?” Fear has no power when the peace of God is present.

Listen to it: Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube

#4:No Longer Slaves by Jonathan and Melissa Helser (Bethel Music)

There are very few words I can use to accurately describe this song. God etched it deep into my heart a few months ago, and I melt every time I hear it. The devil has tried to make us slaves to his fear and his lies, and he has been successful to a point. But when we are saved and brought into the family of Christ, we are no longer slaves. We are children of God, and fear has NO power. If you choose one song to listen to on this list, choose this one. It will change your life.

Listen to it: Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube

#5: Say the Word by Hillsong United

Taya Smith’s voice is reason enough to give this song a listen. But if you need more … God speaks. He speaks through His Word and He speaks to our hearts, through people, through songs, always through the Holy Spirit. He speaks His peace into our lives. Our hearts, when fully transformed by God, should hang on every word that He speaks. Since He is peace, He speaks peace, and every word is filled with the peace that passes all understanding. When we cling to His Word, fear is exposed as the lie that it is.

Listen to it: Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube

#6: The Rock Won’t Move by Vertical Church Band

I found this song through a random free download a few years back, and I don’t believe that was a coincidence, because it has touched my life in so many ways. God is our Rock. When we’re shaky, He’s solid. He doesn’t move. When the world crumbles around us, when violence takes its toll, when our hearts are riddled with fear, God is solid, never-moving, exactly where He’s always been. We can rest in His peace, knowing that His Word is strong and His love can’t be undone. When we cling to the Rock, we cannot be moved by fear.

Listen to it: Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, YouTube

God is our peace. He has defeated fear, and we have no reason to be afraid. These songs will speak those truths into your life and will calm the storm of fear that tries to overtake you. Seek out God’s peace through His Word, and He will fill you with His peace.

What songs do you turn to when you’re afraid? Anything that you would add to this list? Share them with us below! 🙂



  • Steve Patterson

    July 11, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Awesome list! Thanks for sharing these. I love these songs, actually Christian Music is all I listen to. Stars from Skillet also has a catchy beat to it too. Did you know there are sources to be able to some free Christian Music? I have compiled a list at http://www.courageouschristianfather.com/free-christian-music-downloads/
    God tells us to not be afraid. We shouldn’t fear what man may do to us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. I do like 2 Timothy 1:7. That was a Bible verse theme for VBS a couple years or so ago. Again, God Bless and thanks for sharing these songs.

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 15, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment, Steve! You’re exactly right, we shouldn’t fear man, even when the world is a scary place! 🙂

  • Chari

    July 11, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing Abbey! I love to listen to calm my angry spirit when I get angry. Especially with the things that are going on recently. God bless!


    1. smalltownsoul

      July 12, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Thank you so much, Chari! The songs have been especially pressing on my heart lately!

  • ashley

    July 11, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Great picks! I recently came across a song called Thy Will or something like that. Love it!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 12, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Oh, Ashley, YES! That song is by Hillary Scott, and it is BEAUTIFUL! I love it, too! 🙂

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  • Tiffany

    July 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks for these great song recommendations. I’ve got something going on in my life right now that is scary, and something big happening next week where I’m trying to put my trust in God and have peace, but it is hard not to fear. I just went through and listened to each of these songs. I really like that last one! Thanks so much!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 20, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Oh, Tiffany, I am so glad that these songs could touch your heart! You are so welcome! I pray God’s peace upon your life! “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, and of power, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

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  • Laura

    July 28, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I love Desert Song by hillsong. Or Never Alone by barlow girl!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 28, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Oh, both of those are so wonderful!! Thank you for sharing those, Laura! 🙂

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  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    October 26, 2016 at 9:57 am

    All beautiful choices, Abbey! I love Peace Song by Kye Kye and Power In The Name Of Jesus by Ascend The Hill. 🙂

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 26, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Thank you, Summer! 🙂 I had never heard Peace Song, so I just listened to it, and it is SO GOOD!!!! And I LOVE Power In The Name of Jesus! 🙂

  • Aishwarya

    October 26, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I’m downloading all these right away! I usually listen to ‘Fight Song’. Thanks for this list. Would be very helpful! 🙂

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 26, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Yay, that’s awesome! I hope they speak to you deeply! 🙂 Oh, I love “Fight Song”!!

  • Kelsie

    October 26, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Ooooh I love this! What a great post. So relevant in this time of life, with pregnancy and all. Adding to my list. Thanks, friend!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Wonderful, Kelsie! I’m glad I could help! 🙂

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