Songs from Deuteronomy

This is the fifth entry in a series on Songs from the Books of the Bible.

Southern Gospel songs focus on many of the highest themes known to mankind—songs of Salvation, the Cross, the Resurrection, and eternity. But critics claim that they focus on these themes to the exclusion of other Biblical themes which are appropriate and perhaps necessary to address in song.

For how many chapters in Deuteronomy can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes? (I’ve added chapter summaries to help spark thoughts.)

  • Chapter 1: Moses recaps establishment of captains to help rule Israel; Israel rejects Promised Land
  • Chapter 1: Let’s Go In (Dixie Echoes, Anchormen)
  • Chapter 1:19-38: Leave Behind the Wilderness (Inspirations)
  • Chapter 2: Moses recaps Edom, Moabites
  • Chapter 3: Moses recaps Og, land divisions, and Joshua’s appointment
  • Chapter 3: Joshua Led God’s Children (Chuck Wagon Gang)
  • Chapter 4: Moses summarizes the covenant
  • Chapter 5: Ten Commandments
  • Chapter 6: Command to pass law along to children
  • Chapter 7: Command to conquer Canaan
  • Chapter 8: Blessings of Promised Land
  • Chapter 9: Moses recaps rebellion
  • Chapter 10: Moses recaps God’s mercy
  • Chapter 11: Moses charges people to keep the commandments
  • Chapter 12: Commands for conquest of Canaan
  • Chapter 13: Commands for those who seduce to follow other gods
  • Chapter 14: Dietary laws, laws of tithes (are there any songs about tithing?)
  • Chapter 14: What’s Mine is Yours, Lord (Silent Power with Danny Funderburk)
  • Chapter 15: Law of seven-year release from debts; laws of firstborn
  • Chapter 16: Laws of feasts and judges
  • Chapter 17: Laws of idolaters and kings
  • Chapter 18: Laws for priests and prophets
  • Chapter 19: Laws for cities of refuge
  • Chapter 20: Laws for war
  • Chapter 21: Laws for unknown murder, marriages, and rebellious sons
  • Chapter 22: Laws for brothers’ property, separations, and marriages
  • Chapter 23: Laws for admission in the tabernacle
  • Chapter 24: Laws for divorce
  • Chapter 25: Laws for civil punishments
  • Chapter 26: Laws for the tithe; vows between Israel and God
  • Chapters 27-28: Promise of the land of milk and honey; blessings of obedience; curses of disobedience (it’s a tossup where to place the milk and honey songs, with all the times the phrase appears!)
  • Chapter 27:3 ff.: I’ve Passed Over into Canaanland (Gold City, Kingdom Heirs)
  • Chapter 27:3 ff.: A Land where Milk and Honey Flows (Blackwood Brothers)
  • Chapter 27:3 ff.: Where the Milk and Honey Flow (Cathedrals)
  • Chapter 27:3 ff.: Milk & Honey (Hoppers, Punches Family) 
  • Chapter 27:3 ff.: Where the Milk and Honey Flows (Statesmen)
  • Chapter 29: Participants in covenant
  • Chapter 29:29: Secrets (McKameys)
  • Chapter 30: Restoration after rebellion; accessibility of the Word
  • Chapter 31: Moses’ charges to Joshua and to Israel
  • Chapter 32: Moses’ song
  • Chapter 33: Moses blesses the tribes of Israel
  • Chapter 34: Moses views the Promised Land and dies
  • Chapter 34: Set Me on the Rock, Joshua (George Younce, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Chapter 34: Canaanland is Just in Sight (Heaven Bound, Cathedrals, Crist Family, Florida Boys, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Old Paths)
  • Deuteronomy (overall, or Exodus, but we already did Exodus): Bound for the Land of Canaan (Kingsmen, Chuck Wagon Gang, Lewis Family, Naomi and the Segos)
  • Deuteronomy (overall, or Exodus, but we already did Exodus): My Eyes Shall Be on Canaan’s Land (Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad)
  • Deuteronomy (overall, or Exodus, but we already did Exodus): Goodbye Egypt (Hello Canaan Land) (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)

What others come to mind?

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  1. It would make my day if someone came up with a tithing song.

    • That would be neat indeed!

    • This isn’t about tithing per se, but it talks about money most likely. “Keep me in your Will”. 😉

    • Silent Power, a group that Danny Funderburk was in for a breif time after he left Perfect Heart, sang a song “What’s Mine is Yours Lord.” I am listening to it as I type. There is a line in there that says, “willingly I bring my gifts and tithe. What’s mine is Yours Lord, what Yours is mine.”

      If any one is interested in hearing this, I would try to make a youtube clip of it.

      • How about, “Shirley, the presents of the Lord is in this place”? 😉

      • Q-M: Funny! 🙂

      • You know how even the great Dottie Rambo had had problems with grammar, so the error in this one isn’t all surprising. 😉

  2. Well it is not southern godpel but Shirley Caesar has a song about tithing. Here are the words..

    If you want to be blesse,
    pay your tithes and your offerings
    give to the poor.

    And the Lord will give it back to you.

    He said He’d open up the windows of Heaven,
    Pour you out a blessing:
    He will supply you every need
    according to his riches in glory
    Give and you shall receive
    If you want to be blessed
    Give and you shall receive.

  3. “My Lord Will Send a Moses” has always been a favorite of mine. Sister Cooke and her family had a great cut on it…and last but never least – the Cathedrals (Kirk loved this song, too). I guess this song would fit in any of the Books Moses wrote. When people talk to me about “I’ve Passed Over”, they tell me their small children like this song, and they ask their parents what leeks are. Since I’m not sure I knew what they were till I was an adult (!), I think that’s a good question!

    • “I’ve Passed Over” is the only gospel song I know that has garlic in it! Tremendous song! It’s so easy to apply Canaanland to heaven, even though that isn’t a perfect application. I love songs that make the perfect application to our present, victorious, Christian life! “Living in Canaan Now” is the model song for this.

    • I think the leeks songs belong back in our Numbers post! I wouldn’t have known myself, except for the fact that I had eaten them for the first time a few years earlier!

    • I have “My Lord Will Send a Moses” down under Exodus 5, at least at this point. It at least fits well there!

    • Dianne,

      It was a young boy who happened to request “I’ve Passed Over” at a Kingdom Heirs show at Dollywood that I owe for introducing me to this WONDERFUL song. I had never heard it before; I haven’t stopped listening to it this past week – over and over. This is the kind of song that, to me, is Southern Gospel at it’s best, and the kind of stuff I grew up listening to. The reason I found this message thread is that I’m hunting for sheet music to it – and I find you here! Thanks for the wonderful song! Maybe it’s the little kid in me; perhapse even something Jesus alluded to in the scripture in saying “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” Your song captures the Christian joy, and as such, I can see why kids especially like it. Thank you so much for writing it!


  4. The Dixie Echoes recorded a song on “There Stands a Cross” entitled “Let’s Go In” A real catchy tune.

    • Very cool submission! Thanks, and that’s perfect for chapter 1!

      I had not known until pulling it up just now that the Anchormen also cut it, in 1989. I didn’t know Gerald was writing that far back! It must have been one of his earlier cuts.

  5. Just added Leave Behind the Wilderness (Inspirations) to 1:19-38.