Worship with Johnny Cash

To my knowledge, Johnny Cash was never a worship leader. I have found, however, that much of his music draws me into worship. Although Cash sang and produced an abundance of Gospel music, it is not his Gospel music that captivates me the most. Rather, I find Cash to be most worshipful when he sings honestly and earnestly about life and faith.

Perhaps Johnny Cash will be an especially potent resource for men who desire to worship God in ways untapped by the average Sunday Service. With this in mind, I have put together a Johnny Cash worship playlist that I find to be particularly edifying. All are welcome to test it for themselves. Men are especially encouraged to see if Johnny Cash might spur them on to worship.

These songs, most of which come from the last years of Cash’s career, have been a real help to me in my own personal worship. I hope they will be for you also. (I encourage you to purchasethese songs and listen to them in this order):

1. The Man Comes Around (Album: The Man Comes Around)

2. God’s Gonna Cut You Down (Album: American V: A Hundred Highways)

3. Ain’t No Grave (Album: American VI: Ain’t No Grave)

4. I Corinthians 15:55 (Album: American VI: Ain’t No Grave)

5. I Hung My Head (Album: The Man Comes Around)

6. I See a Darkness (Album: American III: Solitary Man)

7. The Beast in Me (Album: American Recordings)

8. When He Reached Down (Album: My Mother’s Hymn Book)

9. The Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea (Album: Unchained)

10. Why Me Lord (Album: American Recordings)

11. Help Me (Album: American V: A Hundred Highways)

12. I Came to Believe (Album: American V: A Hundred Highways)

13. Softly and Tenderly (Album: My Mother’s Hymn Book)

14. Beautiful Words (Album: The Holy Land)

15. Were You There [When They Crucified My Lord] (Album: Essential Johnny Cash)

16. Redemption (Album: American Recordings)

17. Down There by the Train (Album: American Recordings)

18. Spiritual (Album: Unchained)

19. Just As I Am (Album: My Mother’s Hymnbook)


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