Songs from Isaiah

This is the twenty-third 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 Isaiah can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • Isaiah 1:18: Whiter Than Snow (Cathedrals, Triumphant Quartet)
  • Isaiah 1:18: He’ll Wash You Whiter than Snow (Melody Boys)
  • Isaiah 1:18: His Blood Washes Whiter Than Snow (J.D. Sumner & the Stamps)
  • Isaiah 1:18: I’d Like To Say It Again (Cathedrals)
  • Isaiah 2:4: Down By the Riverside (Couriers, Florida Boys, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Kim Collingsworth, Lancers, Statesmen, Southern Gospel Players)
  • Isaiah 6: Above and Beyond (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 6:1: High and Lifted Up (Cathedrals – Dianne Wilkinson song)
  • Isaiah 6:1: High and Lifted Up (Talleys – different song)
  • Isaiah 6:1: Above and Beyond (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 6:8: Send Me (Whisnants)
  • Isaiah 7:14: He’ll Do a New Thing (Inspirations)
  • Isaiah 9:9: Bethlehem Morning (Ladye Love Smith and Larry Ford on Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Isaiah 9:12/17/21: Bethlehem Morning (Ladye Love Smith and Larry Ford on Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Isaiah 11:6: A Cradle in Bethlehem (Greater Vision)
  • Isaiah 11:6: Peace in the Valley (just about everyone)
  • Isaiah 11:6: When The King Comes To Claim His Throne (Mark Trammell Quartet)
  • Isaiah 24:15: Glorify the Lord in the Fire  (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 25:8 (also see Rev. 7:17, Rev. 21:4): Tears Will Never Stain the Streets of That City (Rambos, Allison Durham Speer, Blackwood Brothers, Florida Boys, Inspirations, LordSong, Perrys, Tim Surrett)
  • Isaiah 25:8 (also see Rev. 7:17, Rev. 21:4): No Tears in Heaven (Blackwood Brothers, Blue Ridge Quartet, Cathedrals, Chuck Wagon Gang, Gaither Homecoming Friends, LeFevres, Rebels, Spencers)
  • Isaiah 25:8 (also see Rev. 7:17, Rev. 21:4): He’ll Wipe Away the Tears (Inspirations)
  • Isaiah 25:8 (also see Rev. 7:17, Rev. 21:4): God Shall Wipe All Tears Away (Rambos)
  • Isaiah 25:8 (also see Rev. 7:17, Rev. 21:4): There’ll Be No More Tears (Spencers)
  • Isaiah 26:19: When Dust Shall Sing (Wilburns)
  • Isaiah 34:4: Oh God (I Love You) (Bishops)
  • Isaiah 35:1: When The King Comes To Claim His Throne (Mark Trammell Quartet)
  • Isaiah 35:8: Holy Highway (Gaither Vocal Band and Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Isaiah 35:8: The King’s Highway (Hoppers)
  • Isaiah 35:8: I’ll Keep Walking in the King’s Highway (Blackwood Brothers)
  • Isaiah 35:8: Highway to Heaven (Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Isaiah 37:16: You’re Still God (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 38:1-5: Set Your House in Order (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 40:4: Even the Valley (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 40:4: He’ll Do a New Thing (Inspirations)
  • Isaiah 40:8: God’s Word Will Stand (Archie Watkins)
  • Isaiah 40:8: God’s Word Will Stand (Williamsons)
  • Isaiah 40:11: The Shepherd’s Point of View (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 40:31: Eagle Wings (Gaither Vocal Band)
  • Isaiah 40:31: Run And Not Be Weary (Bishops)
  • Isaiah 40:31: Teach Me, Lord, to Wait (Cathedral Quartet, Statesmen, Bill Gaither Trio, Blue Ridge Quartet, Wilburns, Gold City, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Isaiah 40:31: They That Wait (Whisnants)
  • Isaiah 43:19: A New Thing (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Isaiah 43:19: Lord, Do a New Thing (Greater Vision)
  • Isaiah 43:19: He’ll Do a New Thing (Inspirations)
  • Isaiah 45:23: At The Name of Jesus (Cathedrals)
  • Isaiah 49:16: In God’s Hands (Inspirations)
  • Isaiah 49:16: In the Palm of His Hands (Anchormen)
  • Isaiah 49:16: Hide Me in the Palm of Your Hands (Weatherfords, Imperials)
  • Isaiah 49:16: In the Palm of His Hand (Dixie Echoes) (allusion)
  • Isaiah 49:16: In the Palm of His Hand (Goss Brothers) (a different song)
  • Isaiah 49:16: The Palm of His Hand (Palmetto State Quartet)
  • Isaiah 49:16: The Palm of His Hand (Ronny Hinson) (a different song)
  • Isaiah 53:2: But He Did (Kyla Rowland & Deliverance)
  • Isaiah 53:3: Man of Sorrows (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Isaiah 53:3-4: Man of Sorrows (Mark Trammell Quartet)
  • Isaiah 53:5: By His Stripes (Isaacs)
  • Isaiah 53:5: By His Stripes You Are Healed (Rambos)
  • Isaiah 53:5: From a Star to Stripes (Couriers, Cathedrals, Mark Trammell Trio) (allusion)
  • Isaiah 53:5: Scars and Stripes (Cathedrals, Greater Vision, Daybreak Quartet) (allusion)
  • Isaiah 53:5: Scars and Stripes Forever (Inspirations) (allusion)
  • Isaiah 53:5: The Healer (Cathedral Quartet)
  • Isaiah 55:8: Wait for the Morning Light (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 55:8-9: God Doesn’t Think Like Me (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 59:9: Wait for the Morning Light (McKameys)
  • Isaiah 61:3: Garment of Praise (Scott Fowler)
  • Isaiah 62:4: Beulah (Tribute Quartet)
  • Isaiah 62:4: Dwelling in Beulah Land (Chuck Wagon Gang, Lewis Family, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Singing Americans, Hinsons)
  • Isaiah 62:4: I’ve Pitched My Tent in Beulah Land (Couriers)
  • Isaiah 62:4: Is This Not the Land of Beulah (Freemans, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Isaacs, Bill Gaither Trio, Kingsmen, Channing Eleton)
  • Isaiah 62:4: Longing for Beulah (Gold City, Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Isaiah 62:4: The New Beulah Land (Dottie Rambo)
  • Isaiah 62:4: Sweet Beulah Land (Akins, Allison Durham Speer, Ball Brothers, Bill Shaw, Browns, Cathedrals, Christian Davis, Chuck Wagon Gang, Danny Funderburk, Dumplin Valley Boys, Florida Boys, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Gaither Vocal Band, Hope’s Call, Inspirations, Kingsmen, Masters V, N’Harmony, Nelons, Old Paths, Paid in Full, Palmetto State Quartet, Stewart Varnado)
  • Isaiah 63:1: Mighty to Save (Voices Won, Chigger Hill Boys & Terri)
  • Isaiah 63:1: Jesus Alone is Mighty to Save (Perrys)
  • Isaiah 65:24: Unspoken Request (McKameys)

What others come to mind?


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  1. “The Healer” is from Isaiah 53:5 also.

    Here’s a really specific one: In the first verse of Barry Rowland & Deliverance’s “But He Did” is a reference to the root out of dry ground…that’s from Isaiah 53:2.

    There are loose references to Isaiah 11:6 in the verses of “Peace in the Valley”.

    • Thanks!

      • I’m pretty sure the Talley Trio’s “The Healer” is a different song from the old hymn that goes “He was wounded for our transgression…he was bruised for our iniquities…” I was referring to that one…sorry I wasn’t more specific, but I don’t know the Talley Trio song.

      • Ah – the Cathedrals did the one you’re thinking of. Updated!

      • Greater Vision did the chorus as part of the Crucifixion medley on Hymns of the Ages.

      • Ah, yes – now that you mention it, I’ve heard it there, too.

  2. “Glorify the Lord in the Fire” by the McKameys…Isaiah 24:15. Great thought!

  3. Got one for the songwriters out there that I don’t think has been done…”Treasures of Darkness,” from Isaiah 45:3. That verse screams out for a song to be written.

    • It’s rather amazing what hasn’t been done yet! For all the verses that have a dozen or more associated songs, there are several verses that have rarely if ever been touched – but would still make great songs!

      • One might not expect it from a Old Testament prophecy book, but this is a tremendous list of material.

      • It sure is – though Isaiah probably has more total verses/chapters speaking of the Messiah than any other prophet. That’s surely a factor.

      • “Treasures of the Darkness” that phrase is in a Keith and Kristyn Getty song called “When Trials Come” however, I’m not so sure that one counts. Just saying.

      • Well, it wouldn’t fit on this particular list, but I’m really intrigued that someone of their caliber has actually run with that idea.

  4. Above and Beyond – The McKameys is also from Ch. 6

  5. The Cathedrals and others sang They that wait upon the Lord. Or I think the actual title is teach me Lord to wait.

    • Thanks, Jeremy! I assume you had Isaiah 40:31 in mind?

  6. Yes sir. Sorry meant to put that. The chorus is almost direct quote from 40:31.

    • No problem! It took me a minute, but I did think of where it was!

  7. The Whisnants had a pretty highly played song in the early ’00s for Isaiah 40:31. The chorus was this verse basically in its entirety with the first phrase repeated at the end. I didn’t even think about it until I saw the others for that same verse listed above, but that song is how I memorized Isaiah 40:31.

    • Is that a different song than the one that was done by the Cathedral Quartet, Statesmen, Bill Gaither Trio, Blue Ridge Quartet, Wilburns, Gold City, and Gaither Homecoming Friends?

      • I don’t know the song, but there’s a song called “They That Wait” on their 1999 album Glimpse of Grace. It’s an uptempo country-like song according to the Amazon preview.

      • It’s a different song. Thanks!

  8. Just added By His Stripes You Are Healed (Rambos) to Isaiah 53:5.

  9. Just added “In God’s Hands” (Inspirations) to Isaiah 49:16.

  10. Just added “He’ll Do a New Thing” to Isaiah 40:4.