16 Easy Christian Worship Songs To Play On Guitar

Christian Worship songs are not about cool guitar solos and looking like a rock star. That is why most of them are written to be easy to play. 

Most are made up of a set of four easy chords with a slightly more complex strumming pattern. Allowing anyone to lead worship with just their voice and a guitar. 

16 Easy Christian Worship Songs To Play On Guitar

Today, we are going to share with you 16 worship songs that are easy to play on the guitar. 

16 Easy To Play Christan Worship Songs 

We have put together a list of 16 worship songs that you can play for your congregation without too much difficulty. 

Most of these songs use the basic four guitar chords – Em, C, D, and G. There are a few other chords thrown in here and there. 

While not all songs use these chords in their original key, one of the joys of playing on guitar is that you can use a Capo to change the chords you need to play. 

The majority of these songs need a Capo. 

1. Happy Day By Tim Huges 

Written in 2007, Holding Nothing Back Album 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: C

Capo 4 for easier chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq3uAUid0rE 

This song was written by British worship leader Tim Hughes in 2007. If you are looking for a lively song to kick off your Sunday morning service with – then look no further. 

In its original key, Happy Day uses the following chords – C, F, Am, G, Em. But if you play this song in Capo 4 then the chords become much easier –  G, C, Em, D, Bm. If you can play the F chord then you won’t even need to use a Capo. 

This song is a celebration of what happened on the weekend of the first Easter. The chords and the strumming pattern match that. You might want to play this with a full band to capture the celebrations. 

Lyric snippet:

The greatest day in history
Death is beaten, You have rescued me
Sing it out, Jesus is alive
The empty cross, the empty grave
Life eternal, You have won the day
Shout it out, Jesus is alive
He’s alive

Oh, happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh, happy day, happy day
I’ll never be the same
Forever I am changed

When I stand in that place
Free at last, meeting face to face
I am yours, Jesus, You are mine
Endless joy, perfect peace
Earthly pain finally will cease
Celebrate, Jesus is alive
He’s alive

And oh, happy day, happy day
You washed my sin away
Oh, happy day, happy day
I’ll never be the same
Oh no, forever I am changed

Oh, what a glorious day
What a glorious way
That You have saved me
And oh, what a glorious day
What a glorious name

2. 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) By Matt Redman 

Written by  Matt Redman and Steve Angrisano in 2013 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: G

Capo 4 for easier chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwT_vyy0HKA 

This song was written by the British songwriting duo Matt Redman and Steve Angrisano in 2013. And had only grown in popularity since it was released nearly 10 years ago. 

This is partly because this song sounds as good in a stadium as it does in a small prayer group. It also touches on some theological topics modern worship songs regularly skip over. 

This song celebrates the forgiveness offered by Jesus and the eternal life that awaits Christians in heaven – “10,000 days and then forevermore”. The top makes it a song that will fit well into any service. 

This song uses a few lesser-known chords – however, they are all pretty easy to play, especially if you play this song in Capo 4. 

This song starts off very slowly and quietly and then builds as it goes. You may want to start off by only partially playing, before speeding up as the song progresses. 

While this song does contain a series of easy chords, you will be required to change between them very frequently. There is a chord change roughly every three seconds in this song. 

Lyrics Snippet: 

Chorus
Bless the Lord oh my soul, oh my soul
Worship His Holy name
Sing like never before, oh my soul
I’ll worship Your Holy name

V1
The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

V2
You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

V3
And on that day when my strength is failing
The end draws near and my time has come
Still, my soul will sing Your praise unending
Ten thousand years
And then forevermore
Forevermore

3. Cornerstone By Hillsong 

Written by Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, and Eric Liljero in 2012 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: G 

Capo 4 or Open for easier chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7vDnY-angc

Cornerstone was featured on and is the title track for the 21st worship album released by Hillsong Church. This church’s songwriting style has influenced many over the past decade and even before that. 

While this song was released as part of the Hillsong Worship discography, it was written by members of the Hillsong United band. 

Cornerstone focuses on the fact that even though we face difficulties throughout our lives, Christ is always there for us and we can rely on him. This will pair well with most sermons and very well when leading worship for a small prayer group. 

Like many Hillsong songs, this was designed to be sung in a big arena but is written well enough to work in a stripped-down manner in smaller settings too. 

If you can play the F chord then you will not have to use a Capo to play this song. It has a slow strumming pattern that can befit from the player being a little gentle on the strings. 

Lyric Snippet: 

V1
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness
And I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly trust in Jesus’ name
When darkness seems to hide His face
I rest on His unchanging grace
In every high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil

Chorus
Christ alone, cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Savior’s love
Through the storm
He is Lord, Lord of all

V2
His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the ‘whelming flood
When all around my soul gives way
He then is all my hope and stay
He then is all my hope and stay

Chorus
Christ alone, cornerstone
Weak made strong in the Savior’s love
Through the storm
He is Lord, Lord of all
He is Lord
Lord of all

Bridge
When He shall come with trumpet sound
Oh, may I then in Him be found
Dressed in His righteousness alone
Faultless, stand before the throne

4. Holy Spirit By Kari Jobi 

Holy Spirit By Kari Jobi 

Written by Kari Jobi in 2014 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: E

Play Open for the easiest chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-5WQ1aIJQc

This is the perfect song to play in a moment of reflection. The lyrics are deceptively simple but offer each worshiper a chance to reflect on their personal relationship with God. This is another song where you can get away with just using a guitar. You do not need a full band. 

This song is about reflecting on the love the Father has for his flock and inviting the Holy Spirit into your place of worship. We’re yet to find a service theme that this isn’t appropriate for. 

This has a simple strumming pattern that drives the song, it does get faster and louder as the song reaches the bridge. However, this is not a song that you need to play throughout, there are tender moments in the song that benefits from softer strumming or even silence. 

Lyric Snippet: 

V2
I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free and my shame is undone
In your presence, Lord

Chorus
Holy Spirit, You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory, God, is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence, Lord

Bridge
Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness
Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness
Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness

5. How Great Is Our God By Chris Tomlin 

Written by Chris Tomlin in 2004 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: A

Capo: 2nd fret for the easiest chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy0X22Cyiqs 

In the Christian worship music circle, this song is a beloved classic that has been sung around the world since it was first released. This is one of many Chris Tomlin songs that have captured our hearts. 

This song draws its lyrics straight from the Bible in many places. Giving them a timeless and spiritual feel. This song is going to fit perfectly into any Sunday morning service. 

This song uses a lot of imagery from the Old Testament and the Book of Revelation and focuses on the glory and the mercy of the Holy Trinity. While it works well with just the guitar, this song feels extra special when played with a piano or violin – or both. Even with a harp. 

Chris Tomlin himself plays this song in Capo 2. 

Lyric Snippet: 

V1
The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the Earth rejoice
All the Earth rejoice
He wraps himself in light
And darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

Chorus
How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

V2
Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end
The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

6. My Lighthouse By The Rend Collective 

Written by The Rend Collective in 2014 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: E

Capo: 4th fret for easiest chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHfqmZf8zZw

Tabs (more complex) can be found here – https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/rend-collective/my-lighthouse-tabs-2097511

The Rend Collective is a worship band based in Bangor, Ireland. Before they started working with Soul Survivor in 2012 they only played in their local church. 

The Rend Collective is loved by many for the joy that can be found in their worship music and that they use traditional Irish instruments and styles to create it. It is reminiscent of many early Celtic hymns. 

My Lighthouse is a song about the trials of life and how there is nothing for Christians to worry about as they have a lighthouse (God) leading them through the storm to safe waters. 

Lyric Snippet: 

V1
In my wrestling and in my doubts
In my failures, You won’t walkout
Your great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea, oh oh
You are the peace in my troubled sea
In the silence, You won’t let go
In the questions, Your truth will hold
Your great love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea, oh oh
You are the peace in my troubled sea

Chorus
My Lighthouse, my lighthouse
Shining in the darkness, I will follow You
My Lighthouse, my lighthouse (oh oh)
I will trust the promise,
You will carry me safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore

V2
I won’t fear what tomorrow brings
With each morning I’ll rise and sing
My God’s love will lead me through
You are the peace in my troubled sea, oh oh
You are the peace in my troubled sea, oh oh
You are my light

Chorus
My Lighthouse, my lighthouse (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Shining in the darkness, I will follow You (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
My Lighthouse, my lighthouse (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
I will trust the promise,
You will carry me safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
Safe to shore

Bridge
Fire before us, You’re the brightest
You will lead us through the storms X3

7. One Thing Remains By Chris Quilala 

Written by Chris Quilala in 2010 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: E

Capo: 4th fret for easiest chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRh5DnZ_-40

This song comes from a British songwriting group and church Jesus Culture. The song was written by one of their worship leaders Chris Quilala – both Tim Huges and Matt Redman are involved with Jesus Culture too. 

This song draws its lyrics from a series of Psalms and talks about the unending love that the Father offers his followers – “on and on and on it goes // before it overwhelms and satisfies my soul.” It also alludes to Saint Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 13:4–8a. 

The topics touched upon in this song make it an excellent option for nearly every service. However, this song has a Hillsong feel to it – it is driven by a heavy drum beat and is quite fast-paced. It is best played with a full band. 

Lyric Snippet: 

V1
Higher than the mountains that I face
Stronger than the power of the grave
Constant through the trial and the change
One thing remains, yes, one thing remains

Chorus
Your love never fails
It never gives up
It never runs out on me
Your love never fails
It never gives up
It never runs out on me
Your love never fails
It never gives up
It never runs out on me

V2
Because on and on, and on, and on it goes
Before it overwhelms and satisfies my soul
And I never, ever, have to be afraid
One thing remains, yes, one thing remains
Sing it, your love

8. How Deep The Father’s Love For Us By Stuart Townend

Written by Stuart Townend in 1980 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: E

Capo: 2nd fret for the easiest chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQd0lf9x780 

This song is one of the oldest on this list and has been a favorite of many churches for over 40 years now. 

This song reflects on the time that Jesus spent on the cross, the sacrifices made by both he and God that day, and what it means for Christians in the long term. 

This song is incredibly easy to play and is written like a hymn from the 1800s. This is why we think that it has remained so popular for so long. 

Lyric Snippet: 

V1
How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

V2
Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

V3
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

9. Here I Am To Worship – Tim Hughes

Here I Am To Worship - Tim Hughes

Written by Tim Huges in 2001 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: D

Open strings for easiest chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0VJr851SEs

Huges wrote this simple song after his church had been accused of making their worship sessions into rock concerts.

He had been horrified by the accusation and wanted to rectify things – Coming Back To The Heart Of Worship by Matt Redman was written under the same circumstances. 

This song has a very simple set of lyrics and chords – they can be played by nearly anyone. They can be played on just an acoustic guitar and then can be played in a small or large venue. 

The strumming pattern to this song is nearly identical to the pattern from The Scientist by Coldplay – so if you know how to play that song then you already know how to play this one. 

This song focuses on the wonder of the Father and all that he has done for his followers. This is a song about wanting to worship him and nothing more. 

 Lyric Snippet: 

V1
Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes, let me see
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You

Chorus
Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

10. Trading My Sorrows (Yes Lord) By Israel Houghton

Written by Israel Houghton in 2001 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: E 

Capo 4 for easiest chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADR9NLBjJT0

This is another song from the impressive Hillsong catalog. This is an upbeat and catchy song that you will struggle to get out of your head after you have finished practicing it. 

This song has been sung all over the world since it was first released and has been a favorite of many children’s camps as well.

If you are looking for a song that is going to have everyone, of every age dancing around with joy – then look no further. 

This song changes from chord to chord at great speeds and it includes a few chords you might not be familiar with at first. However, they are all twists on traditional chords and you will get the hang of them in no time. 

The most important thing to master for this song is the strumming pattern. It is slightly more complicated than some of the other songs on this list. But with just a little bit of practice, you will be able to master it. 

Lyric Snippet: 

V1
I’m trading my sorrows
And I’m trading my shame
And I’m laying it down
For the joy of the Lord

And I’m trading my sickness
And I’m trading my pain
I’m laying it, laying it, laying it down
For the joy of the Lord

I’m trading my sorrows
I’m trading my shame
I’m laying it down
For the joy of the Lord

I’m trading my sickness
I’m trading my pain
I’m laying it down
For the joy of the Lord

Chorus
Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes yes Lord
Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes yes Lord
Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes yes Lord
Amen

11. In Christ Alone Keith Getty And Stuart Townend

Written by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend in 2001 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: D

Capo 5 for the easiest chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y35rvy3L6CE

This is yet another song by Stuard Townend that feels like it was written centuries ago. Its lyrics are complex and theologically sound. 

While this song can be played with a guitar on its own, the song is so well written and so emotive that it would really benefit from being played with a full band. Even accompanied by an organ if that is an option for you. 

This song starts by looking at the love that Christ has for his people and moves on to reflect on his time in the grave before rising again. 

In our humble opinion, this is one of the best worship songs of all time. 

Lyric Snippet: 

V3
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

V4
No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

12. How He Loves Us By The David Crowder Band

Written by the David Crowder Band in 2009 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: C

Capo 4 for the easiest chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3caWsegenHA 

If you have a congregation who enjoys complex lyrics full of imagery and biblical references then it is definitely worth taking the time to learn this song. 

This song was written by The David Crowder Band in 2009 and took some time to make it into churches – however, it is now a song favorite of many. 

This song really benefits from the full support of a band, as it builds with the repetition of the verses and the chorus. “He loves us // Oh, how he loves us.” 

Lyric Snippet 

V2
And He is jealous for me
Love’s like a hurricane, I am a tree
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy
When all of a sudden
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory
And I realize just how beautiful You are
And how great Your affections are for me

Chorus
And, oh, how He loves us, oh
Oh, how He loves us
How He loves us all
Yeah, He loves us
Oh, how He loves us
Oh, how He loves us
Oh, how He loves

Bridge
And we are His portion and He is our prize
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes
If His grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking
And heaven meets earth like an unforeseen kiss
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets
When I think about, the way…

13. You’re Beautiful By Phil Wickham 

Written by Phil Wickham in 2007 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: C

Capo: 1st fret for easiest chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMBHzT9OiMU

When we have put this down on the hymn sheet before, people have been worried that he has gone mad and is going to start playing James Blunt on a Sunday morning…

However, this quickly became a church favorite across the world. And once you read the lyrics we’re sure you’ll understand why. 

This is a song that celebrates the beauty of nature and how it reflects God. It goes on to talk about Jesus’ death on the cross and the eternal life that his death has made possible for Christians. 

This song shows that beautiful songs can be simple and vice versa. While it works well with just a guitar, you might want to consider pairing this song with a piano or a violin – or, of course, both. 

It has a beautiful melody that builds throughout the song. 

Lyric Snippet: 

V3
I see You there hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now You are sitting on Your heavenly throne
Soon we will be coming home
You’re beautiful
(Oh, Oh, You’re beautiful, Oh, Oh)

V4
(We’re singing out)
When we arrive at eternity’s shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we’ll sing
You’re beautiful
Oh, You’re beautiful

Bridge
I see Your face, You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful

14. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) By Hillsong United 

Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) By Hillsong United 

Written by Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, and Salomon Ligthelm in 2013

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: Bm

Capo: 7th fret for the easiest chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KjLPcErz3g 

This is a song that has taken both the Christian music world and the secular music world by storm. The song spent 61 weeks at the top of the Billboard Christian Music charts. 

It is easy to understand why – this song has everything we love about Hillsong’s songwriting style – the deep lyrics, the powerful vocals, and the interesting musical melodies. 

This song draws from the story of Jesus asking Saint Peter to walk out onto the water with him. When Peter starts to doubt he starts to sink – hence the title “Where feet may fail”. 

Because the original version of this song is written for a high voice, you will need to put it in Capo 7 to make it simple to play. However, once you have done that, you will have no issues. 

This song features a lot of instrumental sections. 

Lyric Snippet: 

V1
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep my faith will stand

Chorus
And I will call upon Your Name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

V2
Your grace abounds in deepest waters
Your sovereign hand will be my guide
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me
You’ve never failed and You won’t start now

15. Amazing Grace By E. O. Excell And John Newton

Written by E. O. Excell and John Newton in 1779 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key: G

Play open strings for easiest chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__0g0qIUoT4

This is the oldest song on this list, but there is a reason people all over the world are still singing it over 300 years after it was written. 

There are hundreds of different versions of this song, and even more different recordings and covers. However, we still prefer the original version. 

There is something about the simplicity of the original that allows a deeper connection to be made. The song is incredibly emotive and catchy. It is popular with congregations around the world but it is perhaps the most popular in America. 

Lyric Snippet: 

Amazing grace
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I’m found
Was blind, but now I see
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear
And grace my fears relieved
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood, His mercy rains
Unending love, Amazing grace
The Lord has promised good to me
His word my hope secures
He will my shield and portion be
As long as life endures

My chains are gone
I’ve been set free (been set free)
My God, my Savior has ransomed me (ransomed me)
And like a flood (like a flood) His mercy rains (mercy rains)
Unending love, oh, Amazing grace

16. Build Your Kingdom Here By The Rend Collective 

Written by The Rend Collective in 2012 

Tuning: E A D G B E

Key E 

Capo: 2nd fret for easiest chords – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5pZA3WL_OI

We are ending this list with another beautiful, rousing, and passionate song from The Rend Collective. 

Build Your Kingdom Here is a song about trying to make the earth look more like heaven. It is about living a life inspired every day by God’s love.

It is about learning to be more like God so that we can make the world a better place. This song is a heartfelt plea. 

Like most Rend Collective songs, this is designed to be played by a full band. This is possibly the most lively and upbeat song on this list and it will benefit from the extra instruments.

Just listen to their recording of this song and you will understand what we mean. 

If you want to play a song that the whole congregation can dance to then this, like most other songs from The Rend Collective, is a good option. 

Lyric Snippet: 

Chorus
Build Your kingdom here
Let the darkness fear
Show Your mighty hand
Heal our streets and land
Set Your church on fire
Win this nation back
Change the atmosphere
Build Your kingdom here
We pray

V1
Come set Your rule and reign
In our hearts again
Increase in us we pray
Unveil why we’re made
Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit, come invade us now
We are Your Church
And we need Your power
In us

Summary 

The majority of worship songs are written to be easy to play. 

So, you will find that most songs can be converted into a set of easy chords using a Capo.

There are also plenty of videos on Youtube that will help you to learn how to play these songs. These are particularly useful when you are trying to learn strumming patterns. 

We have put together this list to give you a wide range of songs to choose from. Some are reflecting songs while others are songs to dance to.

Some of these songs are older and some are fairly new. Some will have you full of joy and some will bring a tear to your eye. 

These are a series of great and easy to play worship songs. 

Howard Matthews