Songs From Ruth: He Redeemed Me


Each week, we will go through the books of the Bible, looking at a song that illustrates a passage from each book.

Squire Parsons’ 1983 albumĀ He Redeemed Me begins with a title cut retelling the story of Ruth:

I was gleaning in the field, a stranger in the land
Knowing that the handfuls came from my Kinsman’s hands
Then one day I heard a voice calling to me
From the curse that had me bound, He has set me free

He redeemed me, He redeemed me
Oh, He claimed me as one of His own
And I found favor in the eyes of my Savior
And now to Him I belong

Given how powerful the parallel is to our own redemption, there aren’t as many Southern Gospel songs about the Kinsman-Redeemer we see in Ruth as one might thing. But, to nobody’s surprise, one of the best comes from one of the genre’s master songwriters.

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  1. Squire Parsons has written some great, meaty biblical songs. You can really tell he’s studied the Word a great deal. A lot of the songs are probably not destined to be radio hits, but you can sure learn a lot of Bible from them. It’s one of the many reasons he’s a top favorite songwriter of mine (not to mention he grew up not far from where I did).

  2. This is such a powerful and well-written song from one of the greatest songwriters of the genre. I was also reminded of the song, Handfuls of Purpose, recorded by the McKameys, which also featured this passage. I believe it was released around 1990.