Songs from I Kings

This is the eleventh 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 I Kings can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes? (I’ve added chapter summaries to spark thoughts)

  • Chapter 1: David approaches death; Adonijah tries to get the throne; Solomon gets the throne
  • Chapter 2: David dies and Solomon is appointed as king
  • Chapter 3: Solomon marries Pharaoh’s daughter, requests wisdom, and gets wisdom
  • Chapter 4: Solomon appoints officers and establishes rule
  • Chapters 5-6: Solomon builds temple
  • Chapter 7: Solomon builds house
  • Chapter 8: The Ark of the Covenant returns; God’s glory fills the temple; Solomon prays
  • Chapter 8: Let Your Glory Fill This Place (Wayne Little)
  • Chapter 9: God extends Davidic covenant to Solomon
  • Chapter 10: Queen of Sheba visits Solomon (there just needs to be a song about this!)
  • Chapter 11: Solomon accumulates wives and makes God angry
  • Chapter 12: Reheboam, Jeroboam
  • Chapter 13: A prophet warns Jeroboam and gets eaten on the way home
  • Chapter 14: Reheboam and Jeroboam are judged
  • Chapter 15: Abijah, Asa, Nadab, Baasha
  • Chapter 16: Jehu, Elah, Zimri, Omri, Ahab
  • Chapter 17: Elijah prophesies a drought; miracle of the meal and oil; woman’s sun resurrected
  • Chapter 17: Bottom of the Barrel (Collingsworth Family)
  • Chapter 17: Help is on the Way (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver)
  • Chapter 17: God’s Barrel Don’t Run Dry (Crabb Family)
  • Chapter 17: God Will Pass By (Greater Vision)
  • Chapter 18: Elijah and Ahab face off on Mount Carmel (surely there must be songs about this!)
  • Chapter 18: God’s Grace is Sufficient (Greater Vision)
  • Chapter 18: Send Down the Fire (Primitive Quartet)
  • Chapter 19: Elijah flees from Jezebel and wants to die; Elisha called
  • Chapter 19: Jezebel (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver)
  • Chapter 19: Still Small Voice (Gold City)
  • Chapter 19: Called In, Called Up, Called Out (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Chapter 20: Syria defeated twice
  • Chapter 21: Naboth sins; Elijah prophesies Ahab’s death
  • Chapter 22: False prophets prophesy victory; Micaiah prophesies defeat; Israel defeated; Ahab dies; Jehosaphat; Ahaziah

There must be more than one. What others come to mind?

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  1. Greater Vision’s “God’s Grace Is Sufficient” has a verse about the showdown on Carmel.

    • Ah, how about “Send Down the Fire,” the a cappella spiritual sung by the Primitives.

    • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver recorded another a cappella spiritual called “Jezebel”.

      • Thanks! I just added all three!

      • Quick correction on your post edit…you attributed “Send Down the Fire” to Greater Vision up there, instead of the Primitives.

      • Oops! Thanks, and fixed!

  2. Collingsworth Family’s “Bottom of the Barrel,” from Chapter 17.

  3. Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver’s number 1 song “Help Is On The Way” and the Crabb Family’s “God’s Barrel Don’t Run Dry” both come from chapter 17.

    • Can’t believe I forgot “Help Is on the Way”.

    • Thanks, Brad! I just added both.

  4. Gold City’s “Still Small Voice” comes from Chapter 19.

  5. Greater Vision and Rodney Griffin’s “God Will Pass By” comes from Chapter 17.

    • Thanks! I think I’m now caught up!