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As a child learns to play an instrument, one of the most exciting moments come when she masters her first song. Not “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” but a song that would actually be played in front of a large group of people. Kids hear so many songs at church each Sunday. Wouldn’t it be great if they could come home and learn to play some of these worship songs. You may not know it, but some of your favorite music from church can be learned quickly by someone who knows what they’re doing. Here are some of our suggestions for easy praise and worship songs for kids to play.
“Open the Eyes of My Heart” - Paul Baloche
The key to easy praise and worship songs for kids is that you want something fairly simple when it comes to structure and lyrics. Fortunately, much of our classic hymns and modern worship songs fit the bill. “Open the Eyes of My Heart” was the title song of Paul Baloche’s 2000 album and has since been picked up by artists such as Michael W. Smith. Baloche has also popularized songs like “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High” (another one of the easy praise and worship songs for kids). “Open the Eyes of My Heart” can be played by any guitarist who knows the G, C, D, Em, and Am chords.
“Mighty to Save” - Hillsong Worship
You’re going to see at least one song related to Hillsong when reading an article on Christian music. “Mighty to Save” was a breakout hit in the late 00s, just as Hillsong began to hit its stride in the US. You may not be able to capture the stadium sound included in most Hillsong recordings, but it’s another one of the easy praise and worship songs for kids to play that only requires about four chords. G, C, D, and Em are all a guitarist would need to master the song.
“Your Grace is Enough” - Matt Maher
A song also known to be sung by Chris Tomlin, “Your Grace is Enough” is a classic example of easy praise and worship songs for kids. Though it is rich in meaning, the song only has 14 lines of lyrics and is pretty easy to play on any instrument. Watch the video below and you’ll hear a very young looking Chris Tomlin and Matt Maher talk about just how quickly the former’s band had to learn to play the song.
“Holy Spirit” - Bryan and Katie Torwalt
Some songs lend themselves to a more atmospheric experience than a musical one. “Holy Spirit” is one such song. Whether it’s being performed by Francesca Battistelli, Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture, or its original writers, it is a song that is completely captivating. What that means is that you can play it a little differently based on your instrument and how you want to present it. Want to take it slow and make it a little more interesting? Focus on fingerpicking the guitar. This is also a good song for keys.
“The Heart of Worship” - Matt Redman
Like “Open the Eyes of My Heart,” this worship favorite is an intimate song of personal reflection that is perfect for kids trying to learn songs. “The Heart of Worship” is the title track to Matt Redman’s sophomore album released in 1999. The slow pace of this song makes it perfect for someone just starting out. No matter what instrument you’re trying to learn, this is definitely one of the easy worship songs for kids to play.
“10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” - Matt Redman
Matt Redman’s music has been an inspiration for millions of Christians around the world. The list of people keeps growing thanks to his long list of songs that are easy to play. We’ve already seen how “The Heart of Worship” is infectious for young Christian musicians. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” is a more recent production that hits a very similar chord in people. The song has a solemn honesty to it that draws people to it. Kids can get the hang of this one simply by using some of the chords we’ve already mentioned: C, D, G, and Em.
“Forever” - Chris Tomlin - Easy Praise and Worship Songs for Kids
Chris Tomlin is a great artist to emulate if you’re hoping to find success in Christian worship music. The singer has had so many hit songs over the years, from “How Great is Our God” to “Good Good Father.” You really can’t go wrong with any of Tomlin’s popular songs, but we think “Forever” is a good representation of his work. The track was an early hit from Tomlin’s debut album, “The Noise We Make.”
“Here I Am to Worship” - Tim Hughes
If you’re wanting a good acoustic jam, this early 00s worship song from Tim Hughes is nice song to learn. “Here I Am to Worship” is a great call to worship that has been covered by Jeremy Camp, Hillsong, and Michael W. Smith. For a young guitar player looking to provide some worship music beside the campfire, there’s just four easy chords separating you from the reality. Using G, D, A, and Em, you can be well on your way.
“Give Us Clean Hands” - Charlie Hall
Speaking of great acoustic worship songs to sing by the fire, “Give Us Clean Hands” by Charlie Hall is an awesome choice. This quickly learned song has been performed by acts like Kutless, Chris Tomlin, and Shane & Shane over the years. It has been a popular choice for youth groups, church revivals, and more due to its heartfelt cry to the Lord. As far as lyrics go, it’s probably the shortest and easiest to remember song on our list. Plus it’s super easy to play on guitar.
“Who You Say I Am” - Hillsong Worship
Let’s end with something from Hillsong Worship that is a little more recent than these early-to-mid-00s worship songs. Although there is something of a worship explosion happening in the Christian music industry right now, these guys are still one of the best sources of live worship music around. “Who You Say I Am” is a 2018 song that comes from the album “There is More.” It may be a little more challenging for this list of easy praise and worship songs for kids, but it is still an attainable goal.
So if you’re in need of some easy praise and worship songs for kids to play, these 10 choices are a solid start. Once you master songs like “Holy Spirit,” you can move on to more difficult options and build up a setlist full of worship music. We know that the more you branch out and try to cover the work of others, the closer you get to being a full-fledged musician.
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