Songs from II Kings

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

  • Chapter 1: Moab rebels; Ahaziah dies
  • Chapter 2: Elijah taken up in a chariot of fire
  • Chapter 2: Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (essentially everyone who did the next song, as an opener)
  • Chapter 2: Swing Down Chariot (Blackwood Brothers, Blackwood Quartet, Blue Ridge Quartet, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gaither Vocal Band and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Goss Brothers, Harold Gilley, Imperials, Inspirations, N’Harmony, Singing Americans, Stamps, Golden Gate Quartet)
  • Chapter 2: When God’s Chariot Comes (When God’s Chariot Comes, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Happy Goodmans, Hoppers, Inspirations, Redeemed)
  • Chapter 2: Low Down the Chariot (Gaither Vocal Band)
  • Chapter 2: When They Send Down the Chariot (Inspirations)
  • Chapter 2: Preach (Talley Trio)
  • Chapter 2: However I Go (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Chapter 2:11: Biblically Correct (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Chapter 3: Jehoram
  • Chapter 4: Elisha and the Shunamite widow
  • Chapter 4: It Is Well (Elisha’s Song) (Isaacs)
  • Chapter 5: Naaman healed
  • Chapter 5: Naaman (The Talleys, Kirk Talley, Allison Durham Speer) (song written by Eleanor Wright)
  • Chapter 5: Naaman (Dottie Rambo) (song written by Dottie Rambo)
  • Chapter 5: Naaman (Sunday Edition) (third song)
  • Chapter 5: Common Little Things (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Chapter 5: In Time, On Time, Every Time (Gold City)
  • Chapter 5: This Jordan (Mercy’s Mark)
  • Chapter 6: Ax Head Floats, Elisha’s servant sees God’s chariots
  • Chapter 6: Angels Camping All Around Me (Kingsmen)
  • Chapter 6: Victory is Sweet (Singing Cookes, McKameys)
  • Chapter 6: Angels are Encamping About Me (Gold City)
  • Chapter 7: Samaria under siege
  • Chapter 8: Elisha and the King of Samaria; Jehorman; Ahaziah
  • Chapter 9: Jehu anointed; Jehu kills Joram (and is there any chance someone out there has derived a spiritual application from 9:2o, “the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi, for he driveth furiously”? Surely someone is creative enough!)
  • Chapter 10: Ahab’s sons
  • Chapter 11: Joash spared; Athaliah overthrown; covenant renewed
  • Chapter 12: Jehoash does right, and dies
  • Chapter 13: Jehoahaz, Jehoash; Elisha dies; resurrection at Elisha’s tomb
  • Chapter 14: Amaziah does right; Jeroboam II
  • Chapter 15: Azariah; Zachariah; Shallum; Menahem; Pekahiah; Pekah
  • Chapter 16: Ahaz does not do right and dies
  • Chapter 17: Samaria taken captive
  • Chapters 18-19: Assyria invades
  • Chapter 20: Hezekiah recovers from illness, shows wealth to Babylon, captivity foretold
  • Chapter 21: Menasseh, Amon
  • Chapter 22: Josiah; temple restored; Book of the Law discovered
  • Chapter 23: Covenant instituted; reforms; Josiah dies
  • Chapter 24: Jehoiachin; Zedekiah
  • Chapter 25: Babylon conquers

What others come to mind?

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  1. Two from the story of Naaman:
    “In Time, On Time, Every Time” by Gold City and Mrs. Dianne’s “Common Little Things” by the Kingdom Heirs

    MTT’s “However I Go” deals with Elijah’s departure.

    • Added – thanks!

      Meanwhile, I thought of another mentioning Elijah’s departure, “Preach” – Talley Trio (maybe the best song they’ve ever done).

  2. Gold City’s “Angles Are Encamping About Me” doesn’t make a direct reference to Elisha or 2 Kings 6, but perhaps the principle is there.

    Another similar song is one that the Singing Cookes and McKameys recorded called “Victory is Sweet” The chorus is “I see a great band of angels camped all around me…”

    • Thanks! Added! Sure Gold City did that first song? The only version I can recall is the Kingsmen version.

      By the way, are you sure it’s from II Kings 6? Sure it’s not the geometry student’s song? (Check spelling.) 😛

      • Ah! Took me a minute to even figure out what you were talking about.

        Gold City recorded “Angels Are Encamping About Me” on Answer the Call, 1991. You changed the title a little bit when you added it to the list…perhaps the Kingsmen song is a different one.

      • Ah! Different song. The one I referenced was an acapella number that the Kingsmen intended as a follow-up to Old Ship of Zion. It was either on Live Naturally or Live at the University of Alabama.

  3. Thanks for including our song. Our Naaman was written by Paula Stefanovich.

    • No problem! I think I did know that, but I was only listing artists here.

  4. This Jordan (Kyla Rowland; Mercy’s Mark Quartet) makes reference to Naaman, as well as a number of other references from other books.