Songs of the Prodigal
The parable of the prodigal son is one we all are familiar of. In Luke 15:11-32, Jesus tell us the story of the son who demanded his inheritance from his father early and squandered it in his hedonistic pleasures in a far country. After realizing that he wronged his father, he went home and to his surprise, his father ran to him, hugged him and forgave him.
This parable tells us all about ourselves and our relationship with God. Isaiah 53:6 says, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way.” God gave us life, salvation, grace but then we squandered them for our own selfish gain.
Life away from God our Father is empty, void, meaningless and directionless. We seek to fill this need by the pleasures of this world but the satisfaction they bring don’t last forever.
It is only when we turn back to God again that we can re-discover the true meaning of love and the genuine purpose of our lives.
I have compiled songs that are connected to the story of the Prodigal Son.
Come Home Running by Chris Tomlin
One of my favorites from Chris Tomlin. The song starts with asking the heart why it is leaving the Lord, who is described as “One so fair”. As you listen to this song, you might find the words touching as if it’s calling you back to God.
Prodigal by Casting Crowns
“Living on my own, thinking for myself. Castles in the sand, temporary wealth.” The starting words tell us a lot more why so many of us have left the Lord and that is selfishness. We want the best for us but what we get is shame and brokenness.
When God Ran by Phillip, Craig and Dean
Caution: this song might make you teary-eyed. When you realize that the “Almighty God, The Great I Am, Immovable Rock, Omnipotent, Powerful, Awesome Lord, Victorious Warrior, Commanding King of Kings, Mighty Conqueror” runs to you to meet you and accept you as His child again, that’s really powerful imagery in there.
Prodigal Song by Laura Story
Laura Story another dimension to the story of the prodigal son. While the parable is often understood as the relationship between God and His wandering people, she relates it to ordinary fathers who are also longing for their wayward sons and daughters to come home.
I hope that you have enjoyed the songs. Do you have more songs about the parable of the prodigal son that you can think of? If yes, then comment in on below!