30 Easy Christian Worship Songs to Play on Guitar

Christian worship songs that are quick to learn on the guitar; most of them will be 3-chord or 4-chord songs, with varying strum methods each. Thinking that it’s a simple instrument, quite a lot of people become interested in learning how to play the guitar.

Though the truth of the matter is that like any other instrument, learning to play the guitar takes dedication. With time and practice though, you can be strumming and picking smooth rhythms and leads. The easiest way to learn, obviously is to start with beginner friendly songs. Let’s take a look 30 good ones to start with.

Here are Some Easy Christian Guitar Songs

1. Amazing Grace by Judy Collins

You can find the song Amazing Grace in a lot of beginner-level guitar books, and for good reason! Published in 1779 by a man named John Newton, the song talks about redemption and forgiveness.

Since its publication, many versions of the song sung by various artists have popped up, with singer Judy Collins showing up first in Google search results.

The song gives a somewhat sad vibe, where the lyrics are from a first-person point of view. In this song, you find forgiveness in God’s warm love, thus the title.

The chords are in the key of G, with the three main chords being G, D, and A7. Tomas Michaud’s strumming follows a 3-count beat with a downward strum.

When you are on the D chord, strum downwards from the fourth string all the way to the first. For the G chord, you strum downwards starting from the sixth string. Finally, the A7 note can be strummed from either the sixth string or the fifth string (as a bass note).

2. Amazing Love by Hillsong Worship

This is a worship song praising God and His amazing love. The lyrics describe how being loved by God is incredibly life-changing, while the chorus speaks about spreading God’s love to the world, the wonders of His creation, and honoring Him.

Hillsong Worship released the song with the alternative title “You Are My King” in Amazing Love, their fifth album. Produced by Darlene Zschech, this album was released in 2002, under the genre “Contemporary Christian Music”.

A simplified, yet close-sounding version of the song is played with only three chords: G, A, and D. The song also follows a 4/4 time, and there are two distinct strumming patterns for the verse and chorus each. In the tutorial below, all the strings are hit during the downward strum, while only some are hit during the upward strum. The song doesn’t require a capo, but you might need a guitar pick to make it less painful on your fingers.

3. Battle Hymn of The Republic by Julia Ward Howe

Composed and published in 1861, this song is rich in history, as it was thought of in the time of the Civil War. The lyrics allude to the judgment of God as told in the Bible, connecting it to the war the country was facing. Later into the song, the lyrics also sing about being changed by the glory and sentence of the Lord, saying that as the Lord died to make men holy, so should men fight to free those oppressed.

The song gives off a feeling of triumph and patriotism, as it is a cheerful praise song of the wrath of God upon evil.

In the tutorial by MunsonCovers on YouTube, the song follows chords G and C, with the strumming of Am and D every now and then. Since it is an upbeat song, the strumming is a bit fast. Nevertheless, you don’t have to worry because the note changes aren’t, as each line mostly sticks to the G note.

4. Who You Say I Am by Hillsong Worship

The song basically expresses being a child of God, and how the singer leaves God to decide who they are as a person. It celebrates God as He frees the singer from being a slave to sin, bringing His beloved child back home. The chorus sings about Jesus, the Son of God, saying whoever He declares is free is truly free from the grasp of sin.

The song is part of the Hillsong Worship album “There is More”, released in 2018, and composed by songwriters Reuben Morgan and Ben Fielding. It has been nominated for the Billboard Music Award for Top Christian Song, and more.

Who You Say I Am is another easy-to-learn worship song as it only has a 4-chord progression, which are G, Em, C, and D. The song is in 6/8, so the strumming follows a 6-count pattern. Katie Denure of One Music School on YouTube provides an in-depth tutorial of the song, starting with finger placement for each chord and strumming.

5. Come, Christians, Join to Sing

This traditional worship song composed by Christian Bateman essentially sings about the community of Christians coming together to do the simple act of extolling the Lord. It invites Christians who have the capability to gather with one another and laud Him before His throne.

Though it’s not exactly super buoyant, the song does incite a happy feeling. May it be because of the invitation to go with friends and fellow children of God in adoration, or the simple admiration of God’s wonders. It’s a very short song with three verses, but still, try to exert all your effort into learning this one!

The song follows a 3-chord progression, which is like most of the other songs on the list. The three chords are G, D, and A, but for most of the first line, you will find yourself switching between G and D. The strumming varies for each chord, so that’s bound to be rather tricky!

6. How Deep the Father’s Love for Us by Stewart Townend

The song is a short 3-verse song that mainly talks about the sacrifice Jesus made for us by allowing Himself to be nailed on the cross. The singer is fundamentally proclaiming how God loves us so much that He would surrender His beloved Son to deliver us from trespasses. Close to the end of the song, the lyrics speak about not being able to boast about any worldly possessions — such as power or gifts — but in being loved by God and kept from sin.

This was written by Stewart Townend and released in 1990 as part of his album entitled “Say the Word”. It’s available on Spotify and Deezer under the genre “Christian/Gospel”.

The song is played on the guitar in the key of D, with its chord progression being: D, G, A, and Bm. It’s in ¾ time, which kind of makes the strumming a little difficult to follow. Nonetheless, the song isn’t too fast, so you won’t feel rushed. It’s good practice if you want to take on a little more challenge as a beginner guitarist!

7. For the Beauty of The Earth by John Rutter

For the Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter is a slow and straightforward worship song about God’s creations. The three main things the song is thankful for is: The Lord’s creation of Earth, time and beauty, and humans and love. Each verse of the song except the chorus acknowledges these things.

The song was originally a poem written by Folliot Pierpoint in 1864. Pierpoint was inspired to write the poem, as he cherished the view of his native city (Bath, Somerset). The song is peaceful, which makes it something I’d like to listen to as I take walks at night or dawn, appreciating all that’s around me.

This is played in the key of D, which uses the chords D, G, and A. Each line of the song may demand you to change chords somewhat swiftly, but typically follows a downward strum that starts from the sixth string.

8. 10, 000 Reasons Bless the Lord by Matt Redman

10, 000 Reasons is a song about touting the Lord for His greatness, despite all that one may encounter. It’s plainly about worshipping God and His name, for every single day and obstacle one may face. Later into the song, you’ll find some allusions to the Book of Psalms. 10, 000 Reasons is entitled as such because there are 10, 000 reasons (and even more) to praise the glory of God.

The song was composed by Matt Redman and released in the album “Spirit & Song: Disc M”, which is available on Spotify and Deezer, under the genre “Christian/Gospel”. Despite not being cheery, the 2013 praise song makes me feel like I’m soaring, and that I can do all things through Christ.

This is played with the four chords C, G, D, and Em, which will call for you to switch between them hastily around every two seconds. The strumming follows a rapid pace as well, with the pattern “down, down, up, down” hitting every string. After you’ve mastered the primary chords, you can try learning this to practice your chord switching.

9. How Firm a Foundation

The song is a classic hymn, wherein for the most part, it seems as if God Himself is communicating to both you and other listeners. The first verse discusses finding shelter in God’s persevering love. The next verses may sound like coming from the Bible itself, wherein God speaks through the singer, but they’re merely an interpretation of what God would say to his followers as they face their tests with Him, their creator.

This gives an assuring and encouraging vibe, as it mostly exalts God’s omnipotence. It’s one of those church songs that you would most probably hear from a local parish or movie scene, where the people look very happy singing it.

Played in D major, the song requires you to place a capo on the third fret. The four chords the song plays are D, G, A, and Bm, with D/F# as a bass note. The song’s played with a plucking style, which principally hits the fifth string with the thumb and those below it with the other fingers.

10. Build My Life by Housefires

Housefires sings about the prominence and incomparability of Jesus in their song “Build My Life”. Early on, the lyrics talk about hailing God of being worthy of everything Christians do. The song revolves around the line “There is no one like You”, revealing how God’s the highest among all things seen and unseen. Later into the song, Housefires sings about letting God take control of your life, as He’s a strong and loving guide.

Don’t be too worried or disappointed when I say that the song’s played on five chords because the pace isn’t too quick for beginners. The chords for this song are E, A2, Bsus, C#m, and F#m. The strumming pattern follows an 8-beat pattern, wherein you strum downwards for eight counts with an upward “and” at the end. Although this song may seem complex to look at, I promise you that it’s appropriate for beginners and an easy Christian guitar song.

11. I Sing the Mighty Power of God by Isaac Watts

This is another delicate worship song that praises the miracles of God’s creations. They are enumerated one by one in each line, with the bottom line stating that they’re solely fruits of God’s mighty power, hence the title. By the Lord’s command, beauty and all those in nature is created, and under His care.

Isaac Watts originally composed the song in 1715 for children. Now, I frequently hear this song as a part of a church choir’s number. The song often gets me to think back to the beauty of nature, especially when it’s sung with soft, angelic voices.

The song is played mostly with the three chords C, F, and G, while the chords A and D make occasional appearances in the chord chart. It’s played with a plucking style, too, which eventually plucks all strings. The song has a moderate pace, so you can catch up to it with ease.

12. Here I Am to Worship by Tim Hughes

Here I Am to Worship is a song about aggrandizing Jesus’ coming to Earth to save His people from sin. The song focuses on what the coming of Jesus, a King worthy of many acclaims, has done for the singer. The bridge highlights the pain of His atonement, saying that going through that’s an unimaginable feat. The chorus of the songs calls to the singer and listeners alike to worship and bow down before the Lord.

The 2001 song was released under Tim Hughes’ debut album “Here I Am to Worship”. It appears like a love song, which indeed it is, albeit being one dedicated to God.

Lucky for you, this song is played only with the three chords: C, G, and F! The song further follows a driving strum pattern, which is a 4-beat strum pattern with four downward strums, and an up strum as an after-beat four.

13. How Great is Our God by Chris Tomlin

How Great is Our God is another Christian worship song that evidently glorifies God. For most of the song, Chris Tomlin utilizes metaphors to emphasize the grandeur of God. He personifies God as being wrapped in light which the darkness fears, while God’s also metaphorically the Lion, with His Son, Jesus, being the Lamb.

The song was released as a part of Tomlin’s album “Arriving”; the same album achieved a #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart. The intro makes it sound like it’s a rock song, but as Tomlin begins to sing, you’ll find yourself easing up to his voice and the softness of the melody.

The song’s played in the key of G with four chords: G, C, Em, and D/F#. Like Here I Am to Worship by Tim Hughes, the song still follows a driving pattern. The song’s not too swift, so switching between chords will be smooth once you’ve mastered the elemental chords.

14. Jesus Loves Me by Anna Bartlett Warner

Jesus Loves Me is a particularly transparent song about Jesus’ love for kids. The song talks about Jesus’ love manifested in the Bible, wherein He claims that children are heirs to God’s kingdom. At first, the song may give the impression of a song made only for children, but deeper analysis would tell you that it’s also about us being protected from transgression by Jesus, as we’re weak where He’s strong, and He will wash away our wrongdoings as we wait by Heaven’s gate as children of God.

Given its light mood and soft tune, no one would think that it was a song made for a dying child. I, too, was surprised when I found out, as its history originating from a poem written to a dying child is awfully morbid.

The song’s played with only three chords: G, C, and D. It’s gradual as well, with an easy-to-catch strumming pattern. You’ll find yourself playing it like it’s a simple nursery rhyme in no time!

15. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee by Henry J. Van Dyke

The message of the song is relatively clear, as it’s an accolade to the immense eminence of God. It communicates about being happy while singing devotions to the Lord, where his beautiful works are enumerated in each verse, while likewise being adopted as metaphors and personifications of the Christians.

While I was listening to the song, it sounded extremely like the song “Ode to Joy”. So, I did a little digging and wasn’t too surprised when I found that the composer, Henry Van Dyke, wrote the poem with the intention to musically set it to the “Ode to Joy” of Ludwig Van Beethoven. The song’s very cheerful and sounds as it is entitled: joyful!

The song’s played with the five chords G, D, C, B, and Em. It’s a lot, but switching between these isn’t too much of a hassle, as the song isn’t too fast. Additionally, the strumming follows an identical pattern to Jesus Loves Me, so learning that would help.

16. Leaning on The Everlasting Arms by Anthony Showalter

The song composed by Showalter expresses the safety of being embraced in the arms of the Lord. Most of the lyrics are metaphorical, wherein the singer finds happiness and peace when he leans on the everlasting arms. It sounds as if it were written to show that all because he trusted in the Lord, the singer has found nothing but happiness in his life.

Showalter was inspired to write the song when he received a letter from two of his pupils. In both pupils’ letters, they tell their former teacher that their wives have died, and in reply, Showalter consoled them with the words from the Book of Deuteronomy.

The song’s played with the chord family of G major, specifically chords G, C, and D, in that specific progression. The strumming pattern isn’t too disparate from most of the songs that have already been mentioned, but the strumming for each note differs. Take some time to learn this, as it can be quick.

17. Cornerstone by Hillsong Worship

Cornerstone is a song about having Jesus and His love as the foundation of one’s life. The cornerstone is used as a metaphor for foundation, where the singer, as a structure, is feeble without it. More metaphors are present in the song, like Jesus being an anchor to the ship (the singer) in a storm. However, the main message of the story is that one can find themselves strengthened by living on the love and Word of God.

The song was released in 2012 under the Hillsong album “Forever Reign”, and can be found on Spotify and Deezer under the genre “Christian/Gospel”. The song has a very emotional feel to it. As I listened to the song, I realized that I’d also be powerless with nothing to believe in.

The song’s played in the key of C with four notes: C, F, Am, G. The strumming pattern for this song isn’t too troublesome, as it mostly consists of downward strums, but the intensity of the strums depends on which part of the song you’re in.

18. Nearer, My God, To Thee by Sarah Flower Adams

The song by Sarah Adams describes experiencing God. It’s not like other songs that worship God because of the good things, as it tells about becoming closer to God in times of darkness. I think it’s a wonderful Christian song about faith and suffering, because our love and faith in God is tested in times where we feel abandoned, and that’s something not commonly sung about.

The song was inspired by the Bible story of Jacob’s dream, wherein he dreamt of Heaven, and before it was a ladder whereupon angels would ascend and descend. A lot of speculations have come up saying that the song’s about encountering God in the darkest time any of us could go through facing death. The song’s remarkably solemn, making it eerie and soothing at the same time.

It’s played only with the three chords G, D, and C. Following an unhurried pace, the strumming pattern is “down, down-up, up, down-up”. You’ll surely have an effortless time with this!

19. Holy Spirit by Bryan and Katie Tolwart

The song basically speaks about welcoming the Holy Spirit into one’s heart and life, where the singers reveal how they found no sweeter love than in the presence of the Lord. The whole song is purely inviting the Holy Spirit to enter the singers’ lives and guide them.

The song was released in 2012 with Bryan and Katie’s intention of composing new songs for their small church. Therefore, they were very happy that their song had been used in many churches as worship and healing songs. I must admit, the song does make me feel uplifted, as it has a somewhat rock song feel to it as well.

The song’s played in the key of G, with five of the chords being G, C, D, Am, and G/B. The strumming follows a swift yet uncomplicated pattern, and that’s superb for you to see if all the time you’ve spent on your guitar would pay off.

20. The Old Rugged Cross by George Bennard

The song tells about the cross that Jesus was nailed on as a symbol of faith and hope, which is the greatest one to many Christians. Later into the song, the lyrics establish the cross as the anchor of one’s actions throughout life, and until the day one meets their journey’s end, in exchange for the kingdom of God.

Composed in 1912, Bennard was inspired to produce the song after facing a terrible time in his life, forcing him to reflect on Christ’s very own suffering on the cross. The song has a noticeably moderate melody accompanied by a soothing voice, which makes it sound a lot like a country song to me.

The song’s played with the three chords G, C, and D, with simple chord switches. The strumming pattern’s gradual, with an alternating upward and downward strum hitting the sixth string all the way to first, and vice versa.

21. Rock of Ages by Augustus Toplady

Rock of Ages is a profoundly short song about surrendering oneself to the cross to be cleansed of sin. The song is quite hard to decipher, but the idea I personally get from it is that one should humble themselves before the cross, as there’s nothing more that they can offer.

The song’s believed to have been composed one evening when the preacher Augustus Toplady was caught climbing a gorge in the middle of a storm. While the storm was raging, he took shelter in a gap in the gorge, where he was struck with the lyrics and scribbled them down. I think the song sounds glorious and nostalgic, as it’s sung with a similar style to oldies you hear in cartoon movies.

The song’s played with the three basic chords G, C, and D/F#. The D chord can be played as the regular D, as D/F# is wholly a variation to make the song sound a little bit better. The strumming follows a drive pattern, which again, has a four downward strum with an upward after-beat after the fourth strum.

22. Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us by Dorothy Ann Trupp

The song revolves around the metaphor of Jesus being the shepherd leading His followers as a flock of sheep. It’s admitting that the singer and other devotees are unsteady and lost without the guidance of the Lord. The lyrics are mostly about being like a child who’s defenseless against sin and in great need of Jesus’ love.

The lyrics were written by Dorothy Ann Trupp and the music was composed by William Bradbury. The song was released as part of a hymnbook for children in 1836. I honestly think that it sounds like another conventional historic song, but it does still make feel things when I really get into it.

The song is playable with three chords: G, C, and D. The chord switch happens at every line, but then again, each line is sung slowly and solemnly, so it won’t be too laborious to catch up. Unlike the other songs, this will necessitate a plucking style with a pattern. Even if that’s the case, don’t fret about trying to learn this, because it can be rather stressful if you force yourself!

23. Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus by George Duffield Jr.

The song asks all followers of Jesus to abide in Him and fight the darkness that threatens Christianity. It calls forth His followers to act as soldiers of Christ with the mission to vanquish evil. Furthermore, the song also tells the followers that counting on one’s own strength will not get them anywhere, but relying on Jesus will protect them from evil and aid in finding the glory of the Kingdom of God.

This was inspired by Duffield’s associate Dudley Tyng, who spoke against the slavery issue in 1858. The title was taken from Tyng’s last words, where he asked his fellow Christians to fight for what’s right. I think that the song sounds a lot like a battle song instead of a hymn, which matches perfectly with its message and history!

The song’s played with three chords: A, D, and E. You can add a variation to E, making it Esus, but that’s only to improve its sound. The song’s quite slow as well, so the chord switches aren’t too fast. The strumming pattern is composed mostly of downward strums, but after-beat upward strums might be necessary to seamlessly play the song.

24. Lord I Lift Your Name on High by MercyMe

It is a truly terse song (two verses repeated for three minutes) about praising the Lord. The second verse, however, includes a somewhat thanksgiving to Jesus for sacrificing Himself to save His people.

The song was released in 1996 by the band Mercy Me, under their album “Traces of Rain, Volume 1”. Regardless of sounding like a normal worship song, it uplifts me, probably because MercyMe sang it in such a harmonious way.

Throughout the song, you’ll be playing four chords (G, C, D, and Em), but one chord will only be played once (Em). The strumming requires you to strum the chords twice, but you can still add an after-beat strum to make the song sound more pleasant.

25. Trading My Sorrows by Darrell Evans

“Trading My Sorrows” is a brief song with the unmistakable theme of surrendering everything to the Lord. The song mostly communicates laying down all of one’s hardships in front of the Lord — giving one’s self to the Lord and trusting in Him. His child returning would certainly make Him happy.

Darrell Evans released the song in 2002 with the record label Vertical Music. The song’s notably positive, which doesn’t make me feel distressed about admitting that I have my own troubles and am surrendering them to Him.

The song’s played with the chords: G, C, Em, and D. These are repetitive, and the song’s fast, so you can use it as a test to the skills you’ve learned! At the end of the song, you’ll be playing the F chord, too. But, don’t fret, as it doesn’t show up much. The G and Em chords will need you to strum downwards and upwards, while C and D will be played with one or two downward strums.

26. You Said by Hillsong Worship

The song tells of all that Jesus promises those who follow him faithfully: salvation. It circulates around the Gospel verses that recount all that Jesus will grant to those who will ask.

Hillsong released it as a track on their album “By Your Side”. The song sounds upbeat and a tad bit like rock music (which is a known style of Hillsong Worship, as they modernize worship songs). Every time I’ll hear this being played; I’ll sing my heart out with much enthusiasm!

The chords to this song are C, D, Em, and F#. It follows a 4-beat count, so the strumming pattern for it mostly alternates between downward and upward strokes. Even if the song’s upbeat, you can still easily keep up with much practice.

27. Whom Shall I Fear by Chris Tomlin

This invites Christians to depend on the strength of the Lord, who, being omnipotent, can crush any enemy He faces. It’s written in such a way that the singer’s relationship is beyond that of a simple follower of God; he considers God as a friend who will win battles for him.

Chris Tomlin released the song in 2012 as a part of his seventh studio album “Burning Lights”. It reached the 10th spot in Billboard’s US Christian Songs. The song sounds a bit like a mellow rock song, as most contemporary Christians songs do, though it still does make me want to scream the lyrics into the air in worship!

The song’s played with four chords from the G chord family, which are G, C, Em, and D/F#. The strumming pattern’s a driving one, with a 4-beat count. There are four downward strums, with an after-beat upward strum after the fourth strum.

28. What A Friend We Have in Jesus by Joseph Scriven

The song’s composed of four verses that convey the message of finding peace in following Jesus. It advises followers to never be discouraged and lay all our troubles before Him, as He is one who will carry us and make our burdens lighter.

Scriven originally wrote the hymn as a poem to console his dying mother in 1855. After publishing it anonymously, Charles Converse arranged the tune to the song in 1868. The song sounds light and comforting, which makes it something I’d listen to while taking a drive in my car.

The chord’s played with the three chords of the C chord family, which are C, F/C, and the G chord. F/C is just a variation of the traditional F chord (which you can choose to play), as it makes switching between chords easier. The strumming of the song follows a folk pattern with four downward strums, and upward strums after the third and fourth downward strums.

29. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross by Kathryn Scott

The song revolves around the symbol of hope for most Christians: the cross on which Jesus died. With only four verses in total, it’s a concise song about experiencing and reflecting on all that happened to Jesus on the cross, which nothing in the world can ever compare to.

The song was originally composed by Isaac Watts as a poem. And while many artists have taken it upon themselves to make beautiful covers of the song, I was utterly captured by Kathryn Scott’s version, as she sings it so earnestly with her angelic voice — something I’d likely relax to.

The song’s played with basic chords D, Em, A, and G. It has a very slow pace, so you won’t find yourself having a problem keeping up with the chord switching and strumming pattern.

30. Your Love Is Extravagant by Casting Crowns

The song is composed of four slow-paced verses. The meaning of the song is stark, as it’s a tribute to the love that God has to offer for all those that follow Him. Finding peace and joy in the love of Christ, the singer discovers that there’s no purer love like it.

The song was released in 2003 in the album “Casting Crowns”. It’s available on Spotify and Deezer under the genre “Christian/Gospel”. The pace of the song prompted me to feel serene, which is exactly what the singer’s trying to achieve with the message of the song.

The song can be played two ways — one for advanced players, and the other for beginners. For beginners, the song can be played with four chords: G, C, Em, and D. The tutorial for the beginners begins at 4:40, but the tutor shows you the advanced playing method in the first half of the video.

Wrap up:

That does it for this list, if you know of any easy Christian guitar songs that aren’t on this list, let me and everyone else know in the comments below!

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