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10 Praise and Worship Songs About Freedom

Cari Jean resides in North Dakota, where she works as a freelance writer and blogs at Faith's Mom's Blog.

One of my favorite scriptures says this: So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law. Galatians 5:1

As our country celebrates its independence this month, I think it's also a great time to reflect on the freedom we as Christians have in Christ. I don't know how you celebrate your freedom in Christ, but I love to celebrate mine through music and would like to invite you to check out these ten praise and worship songs that sing about freedom.

  1. "Freedom Reigns" by Jason Upton
  2. "I am Free" by Newsboys (With Peter Furler)
  3. "Set Me Free" by Casting Crowns
  4. "Love Came Down" by Kari Jobe
  5. "He Is Faithful" by Bryan and Katie Torwalt
  6. "We Cry Freedom" by Lindell Cooley
  7. "Freedom" by Bethel Music (Live)
  8. "A New Hallelujah" by Michael W. Smith
  9. "God's Not Dead" by Newsboys (With Michael Tate)
  10. "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" by Chris Tomlin

1. "Freedom Reigns" by Jason Upton

Taken from the scripture, "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom" (2 Corinthians 3:17), this song was written by Canadian songwriter and pastor, Michael Larson. Honestly, I have never heard of the guy but I have heard many different artists cover this song including Kim Walker Smith, Hillsong, and Vineyard Music.

For anyone who sings worship songs, this song has probably been sung by them. My favorite rendition though is by Jason Upton, a guy who is from Minneapolis, Minnesota but who currently lives in Wisconsin.

Freedom Lyrics

Where the spirit of the Lord is
There is freedom
If you're tired and you are thirsty
There is freedom
Freedom reigns in this place
showers of mercy and grace
Falling on ev'ry face
There is freedom...

2. "I am Free" by Newsboys (With Peter Furler)

One of the reasons I enjoy writing about Christian music is because I learn so much. I had no idea the song "I Am Free" was written by Jon Egan from Desperation Band.

The cool thing about this particular band is that they were formed at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado in 2001 - a church I actually visited in 2002! I don't think the band performed this song at the conference I had attended but I have heard it live in concert by the Newsboys and it is definitely a song that you can't not dance to!

Freedom Lyrics

Through you the blind will see
Through you the mute will sing
Through you the dead will rise
Through you all hearts will praise
Through you the darkness flees
Through you my heart screams
I am free
Yes, I am free

I am free to run
I am free to dance
I am free to live for You I am free


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3. "Set Me Free" by Casting Crowns

Written by Bernie Herms and Mark Hall, this song appears on Casting Crowns second album, "Lifesong." Even though much of our Christian life is devoted to spiritual warfare, and fighting off the demons that are constantly trying to keep us bound in chains, there aren't a lot of contemporary Christian songs that sing about it so boldly.

Even though this song is about a demon-possessed man calling out to Jesus for help, I think a lot of Christians can identify with the piercing lyrics of this song. Though they might not be possessed, Christians still battle the demons of darkness, sometimes every day. Thankfully, for us, we have Jesus whose light can overcome the darkness. (The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:5)

Freedom Lyrics

Set me free of the chains holding me
Is anybody out there hearing me?
Set me free...

Morning breaks another day
Finds me crying in the rain
All alone with my demons I am
Who is this man that comes my way?
The dark ones shriek
They scream his name

Is this the one they say will set the captives free?
Jesus, rescue me
set the captives free?
Jesus, rescue me

4. "Love Came Down" by Kari Jobe

Honestly, I didn't listen to Kari Jobe much when she first came upon the Christian music scene with the release of her first album in 2009. But when Angie Smith sang her song, "Love Came Down" during the 12th season of American Idol, I realized I had been missing out on some great Christian music.

After singing the beautiful rendition and playing the piano along with it, Angie received a standing ovation by the crowd and the judges. It should be noted that while Kari Jobe made the song popular, it was actually written by Brian Johnson.

Freedom Lyrics

Love came down and rescued me
Love came down and set me free
I am Yours
Lord I'm forever Yours
Mountains high or valley low
I sing out and remind my soul
I am Yours
I am forever Yours

5. "He Is Faithful" by Bryan and Katie Torwalt

This song is one of my and my daughter's all-time favorite worship songs. The song was written by Bryan and Katie Torwalt (of Jesus Culture) and appears on their album, Here on Earth. I discovered this song when the worship team from the church I attend began singing it.

A couple of years ago, my husband, daughter, and I drove all the way from Bismarck, North Dakota to Toronto, Ontario and we must have listened to this song a hundred times—that is no exaggeration! It's simply an amazing song with powerful lyrics and I know I'll never get tired of hearing it. If you have never heard it, I encourage you to take a listen!

Freedom Lyrics

And our song it will be
Out of the darkness we will rise and sing

He is faithful, He is glorious
And He is Jesus, all my hope is in Him
He is freedom, He is healing right now
He is hope and joy, love and peace and life

6. "We Cry Freedom" by Lindell Cooley

I first heard this song when our worship team began doing it at the church I attend—New Life Bismarck. I loved it right away, especially since it is a great song to dance to! I was surprised when I did some research on the song that it was actually written back in the year 2000 by a guy I had never heard of before—Matthew Bushard. I recently discovered that one of my all-time favorite worship leaders, Lindell Cooley, sings a version of the song!

Freedom Lyrics

I wanna worship a little deeper than before
I wanna love you more than before
I wanna dance more freely than before
I wanna dance more freely than before

I cry freedom from the chains that bind your children
Freedom from the chains that bind our praise to you
Freedom from the lies of the enemy
Freedom we cry Freedom!

7. "Freedom" by Bethel Music (Live)

While this song contains the same lyrics as the Freedom Reigns song by Jason Upton, it is a more lively, upbeat song that is super fun to dance to during worship! Since discovering Bethel Music, honestly, it's probably the music I listen to most often these days.

The worship team has such an amazing way of inviting God's presence and I just love when they go into spontaneous worship. If you've never heard any of their music or watched their videos, there are a lot of them on YouTube that I would highly recommend! By the way, this song was written by members of the Bethel worship team: William Matthews, Christa Black Gifford, and Matthew Sparks.

Freedom Lyrics

You came to set the captives free
You came to bring us liberty
My sin and my rejection
Your blood and my acceptance
Now I'm alive to bring You praise

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom
Every chain is broken through You, Jesus
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom

I'm free I'm free, I'm free to dance and sing
I'm free, I'm free, I'm free to shout it out
I'm free, I'm free, I'm free to dance and sing
I'm free, I'm free, I'm free to worship You
I'm gonna worship you

Celebrating freedom during a 4th of July parade in Mandan, North Dakota

Celebrating freedom during a 4th of July parade in Mandan, North Dakota

8. "A New Hallelujah" by Michael W. Smith

I will never forget seeing Michael W. Smith live for the first time ever at the Bismarck Civic Center. I had been a fan of his for many years before getting the chance to actually go to one of his concerts. The year was 2008 and I had been through somewhat of a difficult time. He had just come out with his album, A New Hallelujah, and every song ministered to me in a profound way. I still love that whole album and listen to it on a regular basis. The song A New Hallelujah was co-written by Michael Smith and his wife Debbie, along with worship songwriter, Paul Baloche.

Freedom Lyrics

Can you hear, there's a new song
Breaking out from the children of freedom
Every race and every nation
Sing it out, sing a new Hallelujah

Let us sing love to the nations
Bringing hope of the grace that has freed us
Make it known and make Him famous
Sing it out, sing a new Hallelujah

9. "God's Not Dead" by Newsboys (With Michael Tate)

Not only is this the name of a song, but it's also the name of the album on which the song appears and there is a movie by the same name! The song (written by Daniel Bashta) is so much fun to jam to but I also love its bold message.

The album is actually the 15th studio album by the Newsboys and the second with lead singer, Michael Tate (formerly of DC Talk). The cool thing is that the song "God's Not Dead" features Kevin Maxx, who performed with Tate as part of DC Talk. The Newsboys also make an appearance in the movie God's Not Dead.

Freedom Lyrics

Let love explode and bring the dead to life
A love so bold to bring a revolution somehow

Now I'm lost in Your freedom
In this world I'll overcome

My God's not dead
He's surely alive
He's living on the inside
Roaring like a lion

10. "Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)" by Chris Tomlin

Whether you are a believer or not, it's pretty much guaranteed you're familiar with the hymn, Amazing Grace written by John Newton and published way back in 1779. It's pretty awesome how lyrics written so many years ago are still so powerful today. In 2007 singer/songwriter, Chris Tomlin was asked to add lyrics to the traditional hymn (which he was reluctant to do at first).

The project was for the movie Amazing Grace, which chronicled the life of William Wilberforce who led the way to end slavery in Great Britain. The result of the added lyrics is a beautiful song that speaks of freedom in a very profound way. Louie Giglio also helped write some of the additional lyrics.

Freedom Lyrics

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love, amazing grace

Is There a Freedom Song Missing?

There you have it, ten amazing praise and worship songs about freedom. Is there a song that sings about freedom that is not on this list? If so, please feel free to let me know what it is in the comments!


Emily on June 26, 2019:

"Freedom Hymn" --Austin French

"Death Was Arrested" by Aaron Shust on March 15, 2019:

"Death Was Arrested" by Aaron Shust

Bedilu on March 14, 2019:

I'm free glory to God

Randy Mott on February 19, 2019:

Freedom hymn by Austin French

Qiana davis on July 27, 2017:


Christina ricks on March 28, 2017:

Ilove to pirase

Cari Jean on July 27, 2016:

MsDora - You're welcome! Thanks for reading - be blessed!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 20, 2016:

Judging from the lyrics, these songs do inspire worship and emphasize freedom in Christ. Thanks for compiling the list.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on July 05, 2016:

pstraubie48 - yes we are truly blessed each and every day! Thanks for the share an the pin!! Blessings to you!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 05, 2016:

Lest we never forget...our freedom...and that we are so very blessed each and every day, each and every step of the way by our Father.

Angels are on the way to you this afternoon. ps shared and pinned

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