Songs from II Samuel

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

Southern Gospel songs focus on many of the highest themes known to mankindโ€”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 II Samuel can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • Chapter 1: Saul killed
  • Chapter 2: David anointed king; Ishbosheth anointed king and defeated
  • Chapter 3: Abner murdered
  • Chapter 4: Ishbosheth murdered
  • Chapter 5: David anointed king; Philistines conquered
  • Chapter 6: Attempt to bring ark to Jerusalem
  • Chapter 6:16: David Did Dance (Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Chapter 7: David forbidden to build a house; God promises David an eternal house
  • Chapter 8: David defeats enemies, rules Israel
  • Chapter 9: Mephibosheth
  • Chapter 9: Feasting at the Table of the King (Kingdom Heirs, Ricky Atkinson & Compassion)
  • Chapter 9: Blood Covenant (McKameys) (allusion)
  • Chapter 9: Movin’ Out of Lodebar (Chosen Few)
  • Chapter 10: War with Ammon
  • Chapter 11: David sins with Bathsheba
  • Chapter 11: God Saw a Cross (Kingsmen)
  • Chapter 12: God rebukes David via Nathan
  • Chapter 13: Ammon, Tamar, and Absalom
  • Chapters 14-19: Rebellion of Absalom
  • Chapter 14:30-31: He Will Set Your Fields on Fire (Inspirations) (allusion?)
  • Chapter 20: Rebellion led by Sheba
  • Chapter 21: Famine
  • Chapter 22: David’s Psalm of Thanksgiving
  • Chapter 23: David’s last words
  • Chapter 24: Census and Plague
  • Chapter 24:24: Anything Which Costs Me Nothing (McKameys)

What others come to mind?

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  1. If I remember correctly, “Feasting the Table of the King” by the Kingdom Heirs is a Mephibosheth song.

    I know and have sung two that I don’t have recordings for, nor do I know if they’ve ever been recorded by any major group. I learned them from my wife.

    One is simply called “Mephibosheth”.

    The other is from Chapter 6 here in 2 Samuel. It’s called “I’ll Stay With the Ark”.

    If anybody knows a recording of these, I’d love to hear about it.

    • Ah, yes! I meant to include “Feasting at the Table of the King” in the post, but forgot! If you do hear of a recording of those two, I’d be happy to include them.

  2. Chosen Few, a quartet from Branson, had a song “Movin’ Out of Lodebar” from 2 Samuel 9.

  3. Daniel, I believe that Ricky Atkinson and Compassion also had song called “Feasting at the Table of The King,” but it may be the same one the Kingdom Heirs do, because I’m not familiar with the KH”s song. The McKameys also have a song called “The Blood Covenant” that I believe is about Mephibosheth, because if memory serves me (and frequently it does not!) I remember Peg talking about Mephibosheth when she was setting up the song.

    • “Feasting at the Table” – same song, I believe.

      “Blood Covenant” – I found it on YouTube: It sounds like there’s a passing reference in the verse and another, in a sense, in the chorus.


      • Well, I can’t tell you a thing about the song other than the title and the last line of the chorus, but I do remember Peg talking about Mephibosheth and Jonathan in the set-up. Of course this has been years and years ago, and why I can remember something like that and not remember where I put my car keys or what I had for lunch yesterday is beyond me. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Funny how that is! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Not immediately familiar with the song, but I know the Bible story. David made a covenant with Jonathan to show kindness to his house forever. What David did for Mephibosheth was the fulfillment of that promise. So it makes sense that Mephibosheth would be mentioned in the song.

      • Mephibosheth wasn’t mentioned, at least in the version I linked to on YouTube – the closest reference was being crippled by sin, but if that’s how they set it up in concert, I’ll take it as an intentional allusion.

      • Oh yeah…definitely a specific allusion.

      • I, too, remember Peg introducing this song years ago and referring to Mephibosheth. He was actually the “crippled son” referenced in the first verse of the song.

  4. Seems that some SG group should have done a song about Absolom emphasizing the evils of men and long hair! lol ๐Ÿ™‚