Integrity Music is celebrating 25 years of music and ministry with a landmark anniversary double-CD and bonus DVD, 25 Songs That Changed The Way We Worship.

Artist: Darlene Zschech

Writer: Darlene Zschech

Some of the most moving songs of praise are often birthed from times of despair. Such was the case with “Shout to the Lord.” While going through a difficult time and desperate for the peace of God, Darlene Zschech sat down at her old piano, the same one she’d had since she was five years old. She turned to Psalm 96, and without setting out to do so, she penned one of the Church’s most well-known praise songs in about 20 minutes.

Though she had been writing songs since her teens, Darlene never considered herself a songwriter. And it was with trepidation that she shared the song with her church. But the response was immediate and the song quickly traveled around the globe, giving believers new words to express their hearts to God.

“You Are Good”

Artist: Lakewood Church

Writer: Israel Houghton

Born to an unwed teenage mother whose parents had urged her to have an abortion, Israel Houghton could easily have become a statistic, but for the goodness of God.

Eight months into her pregnancy and abandoned by her family, Israel’s mother met Jesus on a street corner when a complete stranger walked up to her and shared the Gospel. That “chance” encounter radically changed his mother’s life and his own. So when Israel penned “You Are Good,” drawing from Psalm 100, he did so from a very personal place. He knows the radical goodness, love and mercy of God.

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