8 Christian Songs That Will Make You Cry

by Pamela Rose on January 8, 2013

I have been singing since as far back as I can remember. Most will agree that one of the most difficult things to do is sing when you are crying. I can remember some songs that I have sung solo that brought me to tears for at least the first 10 times I ever sang them in rehearsal. Singing requires practice and concentration and so, in time, I am able to sing the song without tears when I focus on technique rather than lyrics. Here are eight Christian songs that make me cry. I believe these are some that will make you cry when you close your eyes and meditate upon the lyrics. Here they are in alphabetical order.


I first heard this song by Laura Story when my daughter sent me a link to it during a time when I was in the valley. My eyes were opened and my spirit was refreshed to remember that sometimes trials in this life are just God’s mercies in disguise.

Favorite Lyric: “What if my greatest disappointments, or the aching of this life, is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy. What if trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hardest nights are Your mercies in disguise?”

1 Peter 4:12-13 “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

How Great Thou Art

Truth be told: I cannot solo on this hymn. I have tried to rehearse it over and over, yet the overwhelming emotion of all that God has done brings tears every time I sing it. I would much rather hear someone else sing it and enjoy my tears of sorrow and joy.

Favorite Lyric: “And when I think that God, His Son not sparing Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing He bled and died to take away my sin”

Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

I love how Crystal Lewis does this one in the video below:

I Can Only Imagine

Bart Millard of Christian Contemporary’s MercyMe wrote this song during a time when he was grieving the death of his father. His thoughts of Heaven are woven into this beautiful song that has helped others deal with the loss of loved ones as well. Tears of joy are what stream down my face as I can only imagine what Heaven will be like.

Favorite Lyric: “Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel? Will I dance for You Jesus or in awe of you be still? Will I stand in Your presence of to my knees will I fall? Will I sing Hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all? I can only imagine”

1 Peter 1:3-4 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you”

I Will Rise

I do okay with this one until the bridge, and then I can cry a river in anticipation of hearing heavenly voices when I finally meet my Savior. Those who know me know that Chris Tomlin is one of or even my favorite worship leader and song writer at this time. He wrote this with his good friend and frequent co-writer Pastor Louie Giglio. Inspiration for the song came during a lunchtime conversation that the two of them were having about the lack of songs that encourage others how to get through the tough times in life. [1] This is a great song for Easter or any time at all. See if you can listen to the whole thing without shedding a tear.

Revelation 5:11-13 “ And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”

My Redeemer Lives

I have a sister that loves this song and so we have been known to cry together on this one. There are so many things around us that remind us that we have a living, loving, merciful and gracious Father. This song will make you meditate upon His wonderful creation and how very blessed we are to know the One True God.

Favorite Lyric: “The very same God that spins things in orbit runs to the weary, the worn and the weak. And the same gentle hands that hold me when I’m broken They conquered death to bring me victory.”

Psalms 104:10-14: “He sendeth the springs into the valleys, which run among the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field: the wild asses quench their thirst. By them shall the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches. He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth;”

Untitled Hymn (Come to Jesus)

This song, with a simple melody, progresses through the life of a sinner that has been saved by grace. Changes in key and dynamics are what help this song as it tells of the changes that are possible when we walk in the Spirit. One line in the song says “Cry to Jesus, cry to Jesus, cry to Jesus and Live!” How do you sing that without crying? I have included all of the lyrics here for you.

Weak and wounded sinner
Lost and left to die
O, raise your head, for love is passing by
Come to Jesus, Come to Jesus, Come to Jesus and live!
Now your burden’s lifted
And carried far away
And precious blood has washed away the stain, so
Sing to Jesus, Sing to Jesus, Sing to Jesus and live!
And like a newborn baby
Don’t be afraid to crawl
And remember when you walk
Sometimes we fall…so
Fall on Jesus, Fall on Jesus, Fall on Jesus and live!
Sometimes the way is lonely
And steep and filled with pain
So if your sky is dark and pours the rain, then
Cry to Jesus, Cry to Jesus, Cry to Jesus and live!
O, and when the love spills over
And music fills the night
And when you can’t contain your joy inside, then
Dance for Jesus, Dance for Jesus, Dance for Jesus and live!
And with your final heartbeat
Kiss the world goodbye
Then go in peace, and laugh on Glory’s side, and
Fly to Jesus, Fly to Jesus, Fly to Jesus and live!

“The Truth” 2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Via Dolorosa

This is an inspirational ballad that is sung in English and Spanish and was made popular several years ago by Sandi Patty. It is a dramatic retelling of when Jesus carried the cross to Calvary. I am able to sing this without tears, but I have never sung it to a congregation who sat dry eyed.

Favorite Lyric: “Down the Via Dolorosa called the way of suffering. Like a lamb came the Messiah, Christ the King, but He chose to walk that road out of His love for you and me. Down the Via Dolorosa, all the way to Calvary.”

John 19:17-18: “And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.”

"I cry when I hear this song out of pure joy that someone like Jeremy Camp has written this and so many others that bring the Scriptures to life and inspire us to do what God would have us to do."

“I cry when I hear this song out of pure joy that someone like Jeremy Camp has written this and so many others that bring the Scriptures to life and inspire us to do what God would have us to do.”

Walk by Faith

This song by Jeremy Camp was released at a time when our family experienced the loss of a dear friend who was only 20 years old. We miss him but he left behind fond memories and his strong testimony for Christ. Those were some dark days during his funeral and mourning period and this is the song that my youngest daughter hung onto “even when she could not see”. It seemed like a broken road at the time but I am so happy to share that at this young man’s funeral and those days surrounding, I saw more people come to know Jesus than ever before. I cry when I hear this song out of pure joy that someone like Jeremy Camp has written this and so many others that bring the Scriptures to life and inspire us to do what God would have us to do. This song holds a special place in my heart, as does the young man who is now with our Father in Heaven.

Favorite Lyric: “Well I will walk by faith even when I cannot see. Well because this broken road prepares Your will for me.”

1 Corinthians 5:6-8 “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”

These are just eight of the Christian songs that will make you cry that come to the top of my head. Perhaps you have one – we would love to hear your story. Leave a comment and tell us all about it.

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The Holy Bible, King James Version

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Jack Wellman January 9, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Wow Pam. What a great list. Indeed, I believe it is a good thing to cry and pour out our heart and feelings to our Mighty and Great God. I love to sing “How Great Thou Art” and how great I’m not! I love the Scripture that God says He is keeping our tears in a bottle. I wonder if He won’t present them to us in heaven and say, “My child, do you remember these?” No no more crying (except for tears of joy!).


Derek Hill January 9, 2013 at 3:38 pm

This was a great read Pam. You picked 8 perfect songs for this one. Two songs that always get me are “You Love Me Anyways” by the Sidewalk Prophets and “After the World” by Disciple. I can only imagine how hard it would be to sing songs like these in church. God bless you!


Pamela Rose Williams March 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Hi Derek, Thanks for adding to the list. I know the one by Sidewalk Prophets (also one of my favs) but the one by Disciple is new to me. Blessings!


Ed Valcinor January 9, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Still by hillsongs
Savior by Hillsongs
Still calls me son by
Your masterpiece by Ashmont Hill
Stand amazed by 33 miles
Greatness of out God by women of faith
And the list goes on JESUS IS LORD!!!


Pamela Rose Williams March 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm

All great ones Ed. Thanks for growing the list!


pearl January 9, 2013 at 9:26 pm

This such a great list. I love I can only imagine and just like you, I am in love with Chris Tomlin. Alabaster box by Cece Winans and stand by Donnie McClurkin and Marvin Winans makes me cry too. God bless you!


Pamela Rose Williams March 4, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Hi Pearl, So sorry for the delay in responding to you. Thank you for reminding me of some more good songs. Alabaster box is one of my favorites to sing at this time of the year. Had to practice that one many times before I could get beyond the tears. Great picks Pearl!


Melissa M. January 10, 2013 at 2:05 am

I love to worship and also sing, play the piano and lead worship at my local church. However, I am confused by theme of this post and how it seems like “crying” (or not crying) is one of the most important things to show if we are moved by a worship song or not… I know you didn’t say that, but there are a lot of touching songs I listen to and don’t need to cry to have a spiritual or emotional connection with the lyrics… it just struck me as a little strange to focus on songs that will make you “cry” instead of songs that touch your heart especially or something other than a physical effect of worship. Worship is not about the outward effects, or even what we feel. It is about living our lives for Jesus and believing what we are singing whether we have the feelings and emotions or not, and we all worship in different ways.


HannahToT March 1, 2013 at 7:02 am

Worship through the heart ^.^ gotta love this comment ^.^


Pamela Rose Williams March 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm

Hello Melissa, thank you for sharing your heart here. I did not mean to imply that crying (or not) is most important, that just happens to be something that people do many times when singing touching songs or listening to them. You are correct, worship is not about how we feel … it is about Jesus. However, we are human and music touches and triggers emotions, perhaps we can agree on that. Blessings to you Melissa.


Troy Sorrell April 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Pam, these are awesome choices for tear jerking songs but the most tear jerking song I have to share is:
“Came to My Rescue” by Hillsong United
“This Is Our God” by Hillsong United
“Might Be Today” by Danny Donnelly
“Overcome” by Jeremy Camp
“Because of Your Love” by Phil Wickham (we sing this on Communion nights)
“You’re Beautiful” by Phil Wickham
“Come Just As You Are” by Crystal Lewis (heard this live at Harvest Crusades)
When I hear these songs, I can’t help but breaking down. I am moved by songs that bring tears to my eyes because I know it means something to me and the performer has done something right.


Pamela Rose Williams April 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Great additions Troy. Thank you for that and stop in again soon!


Luke July 28, 2014 at 11:52 pm

Worn by Tenth Avenue North. Will make anyone cry


Pamela Rose Williams July 31, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Oh my goodness! Yes Luke. It gets to the depth of your soul. Thanks for sharing!


Jhune August 27, 2014 at 9:40 pm

These are good songs as well
-To Honor You
-Surrender by Lincoln Brewster


Charlotte September 21, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Hey! Just be held by Casting Crowns is a song that is nestled deep in my heart and it gets me every time.


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