Songs from Job

This is the eighteenth 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 Job can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes? (I’ve added chapter summaries)

  • Job: 39 Chapters Later (Liberty Quartet)
  • Job: Walk Right Out of this Valley (Rex Nelon Singers)
  • Job: In the Midst of it All (Nancy Harmon & the Mighty Warriors)
  • Job: Jonah, Job and Moses (Oak Ridge Boys)
  • Job: I’ve Got Confidence (Blackwood Brothers, Couriers, Imperials, Klaudt Indian Family, Rebels)
  • Job: Just Like Job (The Hockleys)
  • Job: My Hope is In the Lord (Talley Trio)
  • Job 1: Count Your Blessings (Martins)
  • Job 1:21: Blessed Be the Name of the Lord (Tony Gore & Majesty)
  • Job 1:31: I’ll Keep Trusting You (McKameys)
  • Job 1-2 (especially 2:9-10): He Ain’t Never Done Me Nothin’ But Good (Isaacs)
  • Job 1-2: As For Me and My House (Naomi and the Segos)
  • Job 1-2: All In God’s Own Time (Cathedrals)
  • Job 2:9: I’ll Not Turn My Back on Him Now (Inspirations)
  • Job 2:10: I’ve Got My Foot on the Rock (Inspirations)
  • Job 2:10: Job’s Wife (Mark Bishop)
  • Job 2:10: God’s Eyes are On the Righteous (Paynes)
  • Job 3:17: Everyday Will Be Sunday (Blackwood Brothers and many others) (direct quote)
  • Job 3:17: The Wicked Shall Cease Their Troublin’ (Happy Goodmans, Hovie Lister, Jessy Dixon, Danny Gaither)
  • Job 13:15: I’ll Keep Trusting You (McKameys)
  • Job 13:15: I Will Trust You, Lord (McKameys)
  • Job 19:25: My Redeemer Lives (Cavaliers Quartet)
  • Job 19:25: I Know that My Redeemer Lives (Chuck Wagon Gang) (allusion)
  • Job 19:25: My Redeemer Lives (Speer Family, Priority, Poet Voices) (allusion)
  • Job 19:25-27: Some Morning I Shall Stand (McKameys)
  • Job 20:2: All Is Well (McKameys)
  • Job 28:10: His Father’s Eyes (McKameys)ย 
  • Job 35:11: You Can Have A Song (Greater Vision)
  • Job 42: All In God’s Own Time (Cathedrals)

What others come to mind?

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  1. I’m Gonna Walk Right Out Of This Valley. (Nelons)

  2. I don’t know these songs, but the titles are right out of Job. I got them from SGHistory. You can probably check with your vast music collection.

    From Job 1:21
    “Blessed Be the Name” (Downings, Blackwood Brothers, Singing Americans, Anthony Burger)
    (can’t confirm if some of those are the same song, or different ones)
    “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord” (Tony Gore & Majesty)

    From Job 19:25
    “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” (Chuck Wagon Gang)
    “My Redeemer Lives” (Poet Voices, Speer Family)
    (I think those are different songs with the same title, but I don’t know for sure. I don’t have the Speers version.)

    • On the 19:25 songs: Yes, the Speer Family is the same song. And apparently, though I don’t have this rendition, but this soundtrack credits it to being made popular by Priority:

      • Looking up these songs helped me stumble across another – the 19:25 songs are allusions, but I found one that specifically discusses Job, and (to nobody’s surprise in particular), it was co-written by Dianne Wilkinson and Ricky Atkinson, “My Redeemer Lives” (Cavaliers Quartet). ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Job 1:21 songs: The Tony Gore & Majesty song is a great addition!

      On the Downings / Singing Americans / Blackwood Brothers tracks: It doesn’t have Job-specific wording. Psalm 113:2 uses the same phrase, so it’s hard to guess whether they are Job-specific.

      I didn’t have the Downings or Anthony Burger tracks, but I did find the Downings one on YouTube.

      • Good research. I knew I could count on you to set me straight. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. “God’s Eyes Are On the Righteous” by the Paynes mentions Job and his wife. A really good song.

    • I’ve never heard it, so thanks for bringing it up!

  4. Can’t believe it took me so long to think of “I’ll Not Turn My Back on Him Now” by the Inspirations. Great song.

    Another Inspirations song from back in the day: “I’ve Got My Foot on the Rock” Great quartet song!

  5. Don’t know the reference, but the Martins song Count Your Blessings talks about Job in the first verse.

  6. I Got My Foot On The Rock recorded by the Inspirations. second verse about Job

    • I had forgotten how good of a song that one was!

  7. What about the Andrae Crouche classic, “I’ve Got Confidence”? The second verse speaks directly of Job.

    There’s also the Oak Ridge Boys song “Jonah, Job, and Moses.”

    • Adding both. Do you know of any specific reference for the Oak Ridge Boys song, or is it more general?

      • It’s more general. It’s a good song. Worth a listen!!

      • OK, thanks! Seems I’ve heard it before. They may have done it at the Homecoming Taping I attended.

  8. Here is a link to the Paynes tune I mentioned.

  9. “He’s In The Midst” and “God Will Never Forsake You”

    • The Bishops’ songs? I’m not sure I catch the allusions to Job in either song.

  10. There is an old doo wop song called “Get A Job” does that count? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • I don’t know. Is it advice to Elihu? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I dunno, but I know that the shortest man in the Bible is in the book of Job. Most people say it’s Zacchaeus, but it’s actually Bildad the Shuhite.

  11. I’m not sure if these haven’t been added because I’m too lazy to look through all the comments. “Just Like Job” (The Hockleys), “My Hope Is in the Lord” (The Talleys and Assurance Trio), and “All in God’s Own Time” (The Cathedrals).

    • Thanks, Samuel! Actually, none of them were already mentioned. Great additions!

  12. I just added “Everyday Will Be Sunday” for Job 3:17 – it contains a direct quote of the whole verse!

    • That just reminded me of another: The Wicked Shall Cease Their Troublin’, done by quite a few different artists.