Songs from Ruth

This is the eighth 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.

  • Ruth 1: No Matter How Far (Jeff & Sheri Easter)
  • Ruth 2:16: Handfuls of Purpose (The McKameys)
  • Ruth 3: He Redeemed Me (Squire Parsons)

Can you think of any others?

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  1. “Handfuls of Purpose,” McKameys

    • Thanks! I knew if there was one out there, you would think of it. Do you happen to know a chapter reference?

      On a side note, a certain package is now in the mail and on its way to you. 🙂

      • I actually don’t know the song, but I had a hunch that there was a song with that reference, and I even had a hunch it was a McKameys song, so I looked it up. I don’t think I even have it in my collection.

        “Handfuls of Purpose” is a reference to Ruth 2:16.

      • Oh, and thanks…I’ll be looking out for it.

      • Thanks!

  2. Another reference I have a hunch has a gospel song written about it is Ruth’s declaration to Naomi that “whither thou goest, I will go…” in chapter 1, verse 16. I’m thinking I’ve heard a song about that, but I don’t know what it is.

    Anyone written a song about the “kinsman redeemer”?

    • Yes, the song “Whither Thou Goest” was sung at my wedding many years ago. It’s a beautiful song.

      • Is it a Southern Gospel song? Do you know who has recorded it?

      • It’s an old song, sometimes called “The Song of Ruth”. I don’t know of any gospel group that has sung it. But here is the song by Perry Como:

      • I was thinking it was more of a wedding song. I would classify is as a love song with a Biblical reference.

      • Thanks! For the purposes of this series, I’m trying to focus on Southern Gospel songs.

      • Sorry, I thought it fit the category. Mahalia Jackson has also sung the song on her album “Come on Children Let’s Sing.”

      • No problem! Neither Perry Como nor Mahalia Jackson would be considered Southern Gospel artists, to the best of my knowledge.

      • She’s a gospel singer, but maybe not what you’d classify as Southern Gospel?

      • That would be correct; Southern Gospel is a largely white tradition rooted in male quartet harmonies and convention-style songs (though it has expanded to include other types of songs since its launch).

  3. Daniel, I beleive there may be an old Squire Parsons song called “He Redeemed Me,” that came from the book of Ruth. It starts out “I was gleaning in the field…” It may not be the same scripture reference but it sounds awfully familiar. You may want to research it.

    • I looked it up in my Squire Parsons songbook, and the subtitle is: “The Song of Ruth”! So your memory served you right! It even mentions the Kinsman! 🙂

  4. Brady, I thought of that one earlier today and I’m fairly certain that you are correct.

  5. “No Matter How Far” by Jeff & Sheri Easter.

    • Great one! It’s been years since I heard that one!