Songs from I Peter

This is the sixtieth 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 Peter can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • I Peter 1:4: Crown of Bright Glory (Squire Parsons)
  • I Peter 1:7: God’s Chosen (Squire Parsons)
  • I Peter 1:8: Joy Unspeakable (Lauren Talley, Greg Bentley, Stewart Varnado)
  • I Peter 1:8: Joy Unspeakable (Collingsworth Family) (different song)
  • I Peter 1:19: I Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way (Mark Trammell Quartet)
  • I Peter 2:3: Come Home (Cathedrals)
  • I Peter 2:6: Cornerstone (Speer Family, LordSong, Goss Brothers
  • I Peter 2:6: He Is My Cornerstone (Kirk Talley)
  • I Peter 2:7: I Go to the Rock (The Rambos)
  • I Peter 2:9: Royal Priesthood (Anchormen)
  • I Peter 2:9: Who I Am (The McKameys)
  • I Peter 2:9-10: Nothing But Grace (McKameys)
  • I Peter 2:11: Blood Washed Pilgrim (Kim Collingsworth) (also see Hebrews 11:13)
  • I Peter 2:11: Hold On, Weary Pilgrim (Melody Boys Quartet) (also see Hebrews 11:13)
  • I Peter 2:11: I Am a Pilgrim (Blackwood Brothers, Blue Ridge Quartet, Dixie Echoes, Little Roy Lewis) (also see Hebrews 11:13)
  • I Peter 2:11: I Am Just a Pilgrim (Chuck Wagon Gang) (also see Hebrews 11:13)
  • I Peter 2:11: The Pilgrim Song (Poet Voices) (also see Hebrews 11:13)
  • I Peter 2:11: Press On, O Pilgrim, There is Joy Ahead (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver) (also see Hebrews 11:13)
  • I Peter 2:11: This Little Pilgrim (Chuck Wagon Gang) (also see Hebrews 11:13)
  • I Peter 2:11: Weary Pilgrim (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver) (also see Hebrews 11:13)
  • I Peter 2:11: Pilgrims and Strangers (Poet Voices) (also see Hebrews 11:13)
  • I Peter 2:11: Wayfaring Stranger (Blue Ridge Quartet, Garms Family, Gold City, Harold Gilley, Kingsmen, Matt Felts, Roy Webb, Triumphant Quartet, Stamps Quartet) (also see Hebrews 11:13)
  • I Peter 2:21: Following in His Footsteps (Cathedrals)
  • I Peter 2:21: Following in His Footsteps (Torchmen) (different song)
  • I Peter 2:21: I’ll Follow In Thy Steps (Blue Ridge Quartet)
  • I Peter 2:24: By His Stripes (Isaacs) (also Isaiah 53:5)
  • I Peter 2:24: By His Stripes You Are Healed (Rambos)
  • I Peter 4:12-16: I Will Glorify the Lord in the Fire (McKameys) (allusion)
  • I Peter 5:4: Crown of Bright Glory (Squire Parsons, Greater Vision)
  • I Peter 5:7: Does Jesus Care (Bill Gaither Trio, Cathedrals, Doug Oldham, Hayes Family, Isaacs, Melody Boys Quartet)
  • I Peter 5:7: Someone to Care (Blackwood Brothers, Blue Ridge Quartet, Chuck Wagon Gang, Happy Goodmans, Inspirations, Kingsmen, Statesmen, Weatherfords)
  • I Peter 5:7: God Will Take Care of You (Blackwood Brothers, Blue Ridge Quartet, Cathedral Quartet, Couriers, Florida Boys, Gold City, Inspirations, Jake Hess, Liberty Quartet, Stamps Quartet, Weatherfords)
  • I Peter 5:7: Jesus Cared For Me (Blackwood Brothers)
  • I Peter 5:7: He Cared That Much For Me (Cathedrals, Couriers, Kingsmen, Poet Voices, Rosie Rozell)
  • I Peter 5:7: He Cares For You (Blackwood Brothers, Blue Ridge Quartet, Florida Boys)
  • I Peter 5:7: My Savior Cares for Me (Blue Ridge Quartet)
  • I Peter 5:7: He Cared For Me (Nelons)
  • I Peter 5:7: He Cared That Much For My Soul (Primitive Quartet)
  • I Peter 5:7: He Knows And He Cares (Statesmen)
  • I Peter 5:7: He Really Cares About You (Oak Ridge Boys)
  • I Peter 5:7: No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus (Cathedrals, Blackwood Brothers, Greater Vision, Hayes Family, Hoppers, Rhythm Masters, Speer Family, Stamps, Talleys, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Collingsworth Family, Couriers, Gold City, Ivan Parker, John Hagee Family)
  • I Peter 5:7: I’m In His Care (Palmetto State Quartet, Men of Music, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • I Peter 5:7: I’ve Never Been Out Of His Care (Michael Booth)
  • I Peter 5:7: I Know He Cares (Couriers, LeFevres, Spencers)
  • I Peter 5:7: I Know I’m Under His Care (Imperials)
  • I Peter 5:7: If God Didn’t Care (Statesmen, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  • I Peter 5:7: Jesus Cared for Me (Gold City)
  • I Peter 5:7: Jesus Will Take Care of Me (Inspirations)
  • I Peter 5:7: Just To Know He Cares (Imperials)
  • I Peter 5:7: My Lord Will Care For Me (Speer Family, Statesmen)
  • I Peter 5:7: Somebody Cares (George Beverly Shea, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  • I Peter 5:8: Greater Is He That Is In Me (Cathedrals)

What others come to mind?


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  1. Dottie Rambo’s “I Go to the Rock” has a line referencing 1 Peter 2:7 (the stone that the builders rejected).

  2. Not a direct reference, but I think of the McKameys’ “I Will Glorify the Lord in the Fire” when reading 1 Peter 4:12-16. The general theme is th same, and the words “glorify” and “fiery trial” are there, just not in the same verse. 🙂

  3. Gotta be something for 1 Peter 5:7…”Casting all you care upon him; for he careth for you.” Certainly there are a lot of “He cares” songs…I feel like I know a song that quotes the verse, but it’s not coming to me.

    • You just got me going! I just added 22 of the songs most directly connected to this passage. I looked around, and this seems to be the clearest reference to God caring for His people, using wording along these lines. So that opens up dozens upon dozens of songs; I just picked twenty-something of the most direct connections!

  4. Just added “By His Stripes You Are Healed” (Rambos) to 2:24.

  5. I Peter 2:9 – Who I Am – The McKameys (has the line “I am of a royal Priesthood…”)

    • Thanks! Doing this series has given me a whole new respect for the depth of the McKameys’ songs. I knew they had some deep, doctrinally rich songs, but I hadn’t realized the extent from which they draw from all areas of Scripture.

      • Most definitely I think they have had an entry in every book or if not every close to everyone. They absolutely are probably the most doctrinally enriched group just an absolute proof to their success and service for so many years.

      • They don’t have Philemon, II John, or III John yet … I think. Here’s hoping those are coming soon! 🙂

      • Daniel,

        It would be interesting to know when this is over where groups stood as far as how many books of the Bible they have songs from.

      • I would be hesitant to do any ranking, because I am sure that despite all the songs we have collectively thought of, there will always be a few we didn’t.