Songs from I Chronicles

This is the thirteenth 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 Chronicles can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes? (I’ve added chapter summaries to spark ideas.)

  • Chapter 1-9: Genealogies
  • Chapter 10: Saul and Jonathan die in battle
  • Chapter 11: David anointed King
  • Chapter 12: David’s mighty men
  • Chapter 13: Attempt to bring Ark to Jerusalem
  • Chapter 14: David builds house, defeats Philistines
  • Chapter 15: Ark brought back
  • Chapter 16: Sacrifices offered, musicians appointed; David’s Psalm of praise
  • Chapter 16: Above and Beyond (McKameys)
  • Chapter 17: God’s covenant to establish David’s house (There must be songs for this, though none come to mind!)
  • Chapter 18: Victories in battle
  • Chapter 19: David’s servants humiliated; Ammonites and Syrians defeated
  • Chapter 20: Victories in battle
  • Chapter 21: Census and punishment
  • Chapter 22: David prepares materials for temple and charges Solomon to prepare it
  • Chapters 23-26: Duties of Levites
  • Chapter 27: Duties of captains of Israel
  • Chapter 28: David charges Israel and Solomon
  • Chapter 29: Israel offers offerings for Temple; David dies
None come to mind. Can you think of any?

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  1. You might be able to repeat one or two from 2 Samuel. The Chronicles books are largely “repeats” of Samuel and Kings. Not sure if there will be any songs unique to them. We’ll see what folks come up with.

    • Yes, that might be a possibility. I was working on the draft for the Gospels the other day, and to save time, I mainly mentioned cross-references when it came to Mark/Luke/John, unless the wording or details given strongly suggested that it came from one of the latter Gospels.

      • Yeah, for the Gospels, it might be more effective to just break it down by event in Jesus’ life than it would be to break it down by book and chapter.

      • Well, I practically prepared a parallel Gospel in the course of doing the draft! I listed all the pertinent cross-references for parallel passages that did inspire songs.

  2. I finally came up with the McKameys’ “Above and Beyond” for Chapter 16.