Songs from Galatians

This is the forty-eighth entry in a series on Songs from the Books of the Bible.

Southern Gospel songs focus on many of the highest themes known to mankindβ€”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 Galatians can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • Galatians 2:20: Crucified with Christ (Booth Brothers)
  • Galatians 3:11: Living by Faith (Couriers, Dixie Echoes, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Gospel Singing Jubilee, Greater Vision, Happy Goodmans, Kingsmen, Men of Music, Perrys, Prophets, Homeland Quartet) (see also Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, Β and Hebrews 10:38)
  • Galatians 4:5: Adopted Son (Brothers)
  • Galatians 5:1: Free (Rambos) (allusion)
  • Galatians 5:1: The Son Hath Made Me Free (McKameys, Chuck Wagon Gang)
  • Galatians 5:1: He Set Me Free (Ball Brothers, Blackwood Brothers, Blue Ridge Quartet, Chuck Wagon Gang, Greater Vision, Happy Goodmans, Jake Hess, Kingsmen, Legacy Five, Men of Music, Rebels Quartet, Speer Family, Statesmen, Triumphant Quartet, Kim Collingsworth)
  • Galatians 5:1: I’ve Been Set Free (Blue Ridge Quartet)
  • Galatians 5:1: My Soul Has Been Set Free (Dove Brothers)
  • Galatians 5:1: Song of a Soul (Hoppers)
  • Galatians 5:22: The Fruits of the Spirit (Primitive Quartet)
  • Galatians 6:2: You Don’t Have to Bear Your Burdens Alone (Jessica King)
  • Galatians 6:7: You’re Gonna Reap What You Sow (Statesmen)
  • Galatians 6:7: A Seed (McKameys)
  • Galatians 6:8: Sow Mercy (Gaither Vocal Band)
  • Galatians 6:9: Holy Shore (Perrys)
  • Galatians 6:14: The Glory of Calvary’s Cross (Couriers)
  • Galatians 6:14: I Will Glory in the Cross (Rambos, Lulu Roman, Gaither Homecoming Friends, High Road, Allison Durham Speer)
  • Galatians 6:14: I’ll Glory in the Cross (Blackwood Brothers, Henry & Hazel Slaughter)
  • Galatians 6:14: I Will Glory in the Cross (Bowling Family)

What others come to mind?

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  1. Surprised there are not more songs from Galatians 2:20, which many people cite as one of their favorite verses. Or maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. Being “crucified with Christ” is harder to put in practice than it is to say.

  2. I think of “Crucified With Christ” as a CCM song that’s been covered by a southern gospel group.

    • We had a fairly in-depth discussion about this toward the launch of the series. The definition of a Southern Gospel song, for these purposes, is a song that a major Southern Gospel group in the modern era is recording.

      If we’re going songwriter-based, is “Victory in Jesus” a Southern Gospel song? Well, what about “Everybody Will Be Happy Over There,” by the same songwriter?

      What about a song written by Joel Lindsey, who has written more SG #1 hits than anyone else…but that was originally recorded by Avalon or some other CCM group that has recorded his songs?

      So, all factors considered, going with the standard of recorded by a national SG group was what seemed to work.

      • I would say, if it was in hymn-books before southern gospel became known as a genre, then it’s technically a hymn (“Victory in Jesus”). Was “Happy Over There” ever considered a hymn though?

        To me, a song originally recorded by a CCM group qualifies as CCM even if the writer is versatile enough to have cuts in more than one genre. But your standards may vary. πŸ™‚

      • Actually though, after reading this article I wonder if both of those songs are technically southern gospel!

      • I get where you’re coming from, but here’s the catch: “Everybody Will Be Happy Over There” is nineteen years OLDER than “Victory in Jesus.” So how can the newer one be a hymn and not the older one? πŸ™‚

        Also, remember that Joel Lindsey is probably MORE known as a SG songwriter than as a CCM songwriter. So does that make all his CCM hits actually, really SG hits? πŸ™‚ πŸ˜›

      • Yea like I said I read that article and thought “Hmmmmm….” So do you think their both SG then? πŸ™‚

        I still say Joel’s CCM hits are CCM hits, because they were first introduced in the CCM market. Whatever market gave a song its first success, seems reasonable to then put the song in that genre.

      • What I’m saying, I suppose, is that it’s essentially impossible to determine a song’s genre solely by the person who wrote it. πŸ™‚

      • Totally agree with you there! What do you think of my idea though—the “where was it first made popular” standard? πŸ™‚

      • It’s a fair enough standard for other purposes. But I think it’s not quite what’s necessary for these purposes. It would be silly, for sxample, to count “Everybody Will Be Happy Over There” as an SG song, but a more recent song, by the same writer, as a hymn.

        For the purposes of this column, I ended up concluding that a song’s being recorded by a major SG artist was the primary criteria applicable here.

      • Fair enough! It just seems to me that writers do sometimes deliberately choose to write in different styles. Like “Well, this is one of my country songs…” or “This is my attempt at pop” or “Trying my hand at gospel for a change…” I guess then that comes down to what does the author think it is. I’ll have to think about that. πŸ™‚

      • Some people genuinely love multiple styles and have those styles in their blood. πŸ™‚

  3. Wow this one is difficult but the only song I can think of that comes from this is ‘Song of the Soul’ by the Hoppers from the Generations CD. The lyric is “Song of the soul set free” which bridges ‘He Set Me Free’. So I guess that draws from Galatians 5:1

  4. What about Gal 6:8 – “Sow Mercy” – Gaither Vocal Band (Pure & Simple).

  5. What about the Perry’s song ” Holy Shore” for Gal 6:9?

    • That’s exactly the kind of outside-the-box thinking that I love to see!