Songs from James

This is the fifty-ninth 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 James can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • James 1:2: Count it All Joy (The Browns)
  • James 1:2: Joy in the Journey (McKameys)
  • James 1:17-18: It’s All Good (McKameys)
  • James 1:17: When Anyone Looks at Me (Talleys)
  • James 2:5: I’m a Kingdom Heir (Kingdom Heirs)
  • James 2:18: It’s Only Faith (Gold City)
  • James 2:19: At The Name of Jesus (Cathedrals)
  • James 3:6: Gossip the Gospel (Dove Brothers, Roy Knight Singers) (allusion)
  • James 4:6: He Giveth More Grace (Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • James 4:7-8: Resist the Devil, Draw Nigh to God (Statement of Faith)
  • James 4:8: Draw Nigh to God (Spencers)
  • James 4:10: Humble Yourselves (Mills Family)
  • James 5:16: The Effectual Fervent Prayer (Martins)

What others come to mind?

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  1. No gospel songs about that evil tongue? Too bad.

    Also good, but perhaps difficut, material in Chapter 2. I think of “It’s Only Faith,” by Gold City (It’s only faith if you take it for a walk…). Though it is not really a reference to James, it’s a good application of James is teaching there.

    • I think I’ll add it as an allusion to James 2:18. Thanks!

  2. Hey, how about the hymn “He Giveth More Grace”? That’s a direct quote from James 4:6. Don’t know it very well, but according the SG History, it’s been recorded by the Envoys, Ken Gaub & Eternity Express, and Vern Jackson…haha. I’m almost positive they sing it on some Gaither video, too…Church in the Wildwood, maybe?

    • After a little digging, I was able to find it: The Gaither Homecoming Friends did it on their Hymns (2005) project, which has a digital release date on Amazon of 2005.

      • Yes, Hymns is the “partner” video with Church in the Wildwood. Bill’s always gotta do two. 🙂

      • He puts enough money into the camera and audio crews that he may as well have them work for five hours instead of two and a half. 🙂

  3. Oh, “Effectual Fervent Prayer” (from 5:16) is an old Martins song, I believe.

    • Yes – on From Arkansas with Love.

  4. James 1:17 – When Anyone Looks at Me (Talleys)
    James 4:10 – Humble Yourselves (Mills Family)

  5. Brian,

    Rumormill by GVB is a good song about the negative power of the tongue, though it probably doesn’t fit the criteria to be on Daniel’s list from James.

    • All it needs to be is specifically drawn from or alluding to a passage.

      Another song that almost works is the Dove Brothers’ “Run On,” from their Shout it Out album. I think that’s the one with a gossip verse. But I don’t recall any specific allusions off the top of my head.

      • The Dove Bros. and Roy Knight Singers recorded a unique tune that Sandy Knight wrote, “Gossip the Gospel.” This may apply here.

      • Might as well! Just added it!

    • Good one, Jeremy. That’s such a neat song.