Songs from Joshua

This is the sixth 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 Joshua can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • Chapter 1:9: Stand Your Ground (Three Bridges)
  • Chapter 2: Rahab (Crabb Family)
  • Chapter 3: Joshua Led God’s Children (Chuck Wagon Gang)
  • Chapter 3: Living in Canaan Now (Florida B0ys, Hoppers, Old Paths)
  • Chapter 3: On Jordan’s Stormy Banks / I Am Bound for the Promised Land (Cathedrals, Anthony Burger, Chuck Wagon Gang, Goss Brothers, Gospel Singing Caravan)
  • Chapter 6: Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho (Jeff Stice, Kim Collingsworth, Couriers, Dailey & Vincent, George Beverly Shea, Henry & Hazel Slaughter, Dixie Echoes, Blue Ridge Quartet, Florida Boys)
  • Chapter 6: Jericho (Florida Boys)
  • Chapter 6: Downtown Jericho (Greenes)
  • Chapter 6: The Walls Came Tumbling Down / The Walls of Jericho / Joshua (Blackwood Brothers, Florida Boys, Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & the Stamps, Kingsmen, Punches Family)
  • Chapter 6: Joshua (Dove Brothers)
  • Chapter 6: Joshua’s Song (Jeff & Sheri Easter)
  • Chapter 6: The Walls Come Down (Greater Vision)
  • Chapter 6: Common Little Things (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Chapter 6: Singing in the Midnight Hour (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  • Chapter 6: I Know My God Can Do It (Old Paths)
  • Chapter 6: Thus Saith The Lord (Cathedrals)
  • Chapter 7: Are You the Achan (That’s Breakin’ God’s Heart) (Hoppers)
  • Chapter 10: Lord, Do it Again (Gold City)
  • Chapter 14: I Want That Mountain (hymn)
  • Chapter 14: Give Me the Mountain (Dunaways)
  • Chapter 21 (indirect): Camping in Canaan’s Land (Blackwood Brothers, Couriers, Homecoming Friends, Roger Bennett, Singing Americans)
  • Chapter 24:15: As For Me and My House (Talleys, Whisnants)
  • Chapter 24:15: As For Me and My House (Palmetto State Quartet) (different song)
  • Chapter 24:15: As For My and My House (Florida Boys, Happy Goodmans, Cathedrals) (different song)
  • Chapter 24:15: As For Me and My House (Naomi and the Segos)
  • Chapter 24:15: Choose You This Day (Statesmen)

What others come to mind?

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  1. Let’s see…first thing that came to mind was the Joshua/Jericho verse of “Common Little Things,” by Dianne Wilkinson and the Kingdom Heirs.

    Did you mean “I Want That Mountain” for the song in Chapter 14? I remember I said something about that song and you said you would add it to your Joshua draft.

    • Thanks! I’ll look into that question this evening. I’m not sure if I had thought of a separate song!

    • I imagine so. If anything prompted thoughts of a separate song, I can’t retrace my steps presently!

    • The Title of that song is Give Me My Mountain.. 🙂

  2. Any reference to the sun standing still comes from Joshua 10. “Lord Do It Again” has such a reference, although it’s commonly erroneously sung about Gideon.

  3. Joshua 1:9 is paraphrased in “Stand Your Ground” by Three Bridges.

  4. Joshua 24:15 – As for Me and My House by the Talleys (think maybe I heard it recently by the Whisnants also).

    • Oh, yes. That brought to mind the recent Inspirations song “I Choose the Lord”. I don’t remember if that actually mentions Joshua, or closely paraphrases this passage, or neither. The principle is certainly there.

      • I just re-listened to it. There are specific references to Daniel and Paul, but all in all, it seems to have a fairly New Testament focus.

      • Thanks. The “choose you this day whom you will serve” scripture just rung a bell there, so I thought I would mention it.

      • Thanks! I think if I were a little more desperate, I’d have put it up there anyhow, but as it was, I had four that were definitely and unmistakably from that very passage!

    • Cameron – thanks! I hadn’t realized that the Whisnants also did that song. I just pulled up their website and, lo and behold, there it was!

  5. Palmetto State also recorded “As For Me And My House”, on the “It’s Settled” album.

    The Dunaways did “Give Me My Mountain”, on their 2002 release, “Born Again Experience”

    • I’m not familiar with the Dunaways song. What chapter would you associate it with?

      Thanks for the Palmetto State reminder, by the way. Great song, great album; that was my all-time favorite PSQ album. It’s a different song than the one the Talleys did.

      • I don’t know the song, but it sounds like “Give Me My Mountain” would be from the same scripture as “I Want That Mountain” (Chapter 14).

      • Good point. I’ll go with that guess for the time being, unless I hear anything more specific.

      • Now I’m wondering if “Give Me the Mountain,” the title track of the Kingdom Heirs’ 2005 release, is on the same subject. I admit that’s not one of my picks from the CD, so I don’t remember at all what it is about.

      • I listened to it this morning, and I think it’s more related to having the faith of a mustard seed and conquering mountains / telling them to be cast into the sea.

      • Right…just confirmed that it is not related to this passage, except coincidentally in the title.

      • The song by the Dunaways talks about when Caleb comes to Joshua and asks for his alotted territory. This was, as far as getting national attention, their debut album. Not sure if they’d ever recorded anthing previously or not, though.
        And concerning Palmetto, you’re welcome.
        I actually didn’t know that the Talleys’ song by the same title was a different one.
        I’d have to say that my favorite PSQ album was the previous one, “Something Going On”. Last project with Brion Carter and Jeff Pearles with them. Loved the sound of that lineup.

  6. The Cunningham Sisters recorded a different song called “As for Me and My House”.

    • Interesting! I’m mainly trying to go for groups that are nationally known on the Southern Gospel circuit, here. I don’t *think* I’ve ever heard of them before, but perhaps it’s slipping my mind.

  7. Just added: Chapter 6: Singing in the Midnight Hour (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)

  8. I Know My God Can Do It (Old Paths) makes reference to the fall of Jericho.