Songs from Joshua

This is the sixth 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 Joshua can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • Chapter 1:9: Stand Your Ground (Three Bridges)
  • Chapter 2: Rahab (Crabb Family)
  • Chapter 3: Joshua Led God’s Children (Chuck Wagon Gang)
  • Chapter 3: Living in Canaan Now (Florida B0ys, Hoppers, Old Paths)
  • Chapter 3: On Jordan’s Stormy Banks / I Am Bound for the Promised Land (Cathedrals, Anthony Burger, Chuck Wagon Gang, Goss Brothers, Gospel Singing Caravan)
  • Chapter 6: Joshua Fit De Battle of Jericho (Jeff Stice, Kim Collingsworth, Couriers, Dailey & Vincent, George Beverly Shea, Henry & Hazel Slaughter, Dixie Echoes, Blue Ridge Quartet, Florida Boys)
  • Chapter 6: Jericho (Florida Boys)
  • Chapter 6: Downtown Jericho (Greenes)
  • Chapter 6: The Walls Came Tumbling Down / The Walls of Jericho / Joshua (Blackwood Brothers, Florida Boys, Inspirations, J.D. Sumner & the Stamps, Kingsmen, Punches Family)
  • Chapter 6: Joshua (Dove Brothers)
  • Chapter 6: Joshua’s Song (Jeff & Sheri Easter)
  • Chapter 6: The Walls Come Down (Greater Vision)
  • Chapter 6: Common Little Things (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Chapter 6: Singing in the Midnight Hour (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  • Chapter 6: I Know My God Can Do It (Old Paths)
  • Chapter 6: Thus Saith The Lord (Cathedrals)
  • Chapter 7: Are You the Achan (That’s Breakin’ God’s Heart) (Hoppers)
  • Chapter 10: Lord, Do it Again (Gold City)
  • Chapter 14: I Want That Mountain (hymn)
  • Chapter 14: Give Me the Mountain (Dunaways)
  • Chapter 21 (indirect): Camping in Canaan’s Land (Blackwood Brothers, Couriers, Homecoming Friends, Roger Bennett, Singing Americans)
  • Chapter 24:15: As For Me and My House (Talleys, Whisnants)
  • Chapter 24:15: As For Me and My House (Palmetto State Quartet) (different song)
  • Chapter 24:15: As For My and My House (Florida Boys, Happy Goodmans, Cathedrals) (different song)
  • Chapter 24:15: As For Me and My House (Naomi and the Segos)
  • Chapter 24:15: Choose You This Day (Statesmen)

What others come to mind?

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Songs from Deuteronomy

This is the fifth 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 Deuteronomy can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes? (I’ve added chapter summaries to help spark thoughts.)

  • Chapter 1: Moses recaps establishment of captains to help rule Israel; Israel rejects Promised Land
  • Chapter 1: Let’s Go In (Dixie Echoes, Anchormen)
  • Chapter 1:19-38: Leave Behind the Wilderness (Inspirations)
  • Chapter 2: Moses recaps Edom, Moabites
  • Chapter 3: Moses recaps Og, land divisions, and Joshua’s appointment
  • Chapter 3: Joshua Led God’s Children (Chuck Wagon Gang)
  • Chapter 4: Moses summarizes the covenant
  • Chapter 5: Ten Commandments
  • Chapter 6: Command to pass law along to children
  • Chapter 7: Command to conquer Canaan
  • Chapter 8: Blessings of Promised Land
  • Chapter 9: Moses recaps rebellion
  • Chapter 10: Moses recaps God’s mercy
  • Chapter 11: Moses charges people to keep the commandments
  • Chapter 12: Commands for conquest of Canaan
  • Chapter 13: Commands for those who seduce to follow other gods
  • Chapter 14: Dietary laws, laws of tithes (are there any songs about tithing?)
  • Chapter 14: What’s Mine is Yours, Lord (Silent Power with Danny Funderburk)
  • Chapter 15: Law of seven-year release from debts; laws of firstborn
  • Chapter 16: Laws of feasts and judges
  • Chapter 17: Laws of idolaters and kings
  • Chapter 18: Laws for priests and prophets
  • Chapter 19: Laws for cities of refuge
  • Chapter 20: Laws for war
  • Chapter 21: Laws for unknown murder, marriages, and rebellious sons
  • Chapter 22: Laws for brothers’ property, separations, and marriages
  • Chapter 23: Laws for admission in the tabernacle
  • Chapter 24: Laws for divorce
  • Chapter 25: Laws for civil punishments
  • Chapter 26: Laws for the tithe; vows between Israel and God
  • Chapters 27-28: Promise of the land of milk and honey; blessings of obedience; curses of disobedience (it’s a tossup where to place the milk and honey songs, with all the times the phrase appears!)
  • Chapter 27:3 ff.: I’ve Passed Over into Canaanland (Gold City, Kingdom Heirs)
  • Chapter 27:3 ff.: A Land where Milk and Honey Flows (Blackwood Brothers)
  • Chapter 27:3 ff.: Where the Milk and Honey Flow (Cathedrals)
  • Chapter 27:3 ff.: Milk & Honey (Hoppers, Punches Family) 
  • Chapter 27:3 ff.: Where the Milk and Honey Flows (Statesmen)
  • Chapter 29: Participants in covenant
  • Chapter 29:29: Secrets (McKameys)
  • Chapter 30: Restoration after rebellion; accessibility of the Word
  • Chapter 31: Moses’ charges to Joshua and to Israel
  • Chapter 32: Moses’ song
  • Chapter 33: Moses blesses the tribes of Israel
  • Chapter 34: Moses views the Promised Land and dies
  • Chapter 34: Set Me on the Rock, Joshua (George Younce, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Chapter 34: Canaanland is Just in Sight (Heaven Bound, Cathedrals, Crist Family, Florida Boys, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Old Paths)
  • Deuteronomy (overall, or Exodus, but we already did Exodus): Bound for the Land of Canaan (Kingsmen, Chuck Wagon Gang, Lewis Family, Naomi and the Segos)
  • Deuteronomy (overall, or Exodus, but we already did Exodus): My Eyes Shall Be on Canaan’s Land (Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad)
  • Deuteronomy (overall, or Exodus, but we already did Exodus): Goodbye Egypt (Hello Canaan Land) (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)

What others come to mind?

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Songs from Numbers

This is the fourth 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 Numbers can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • Chapter 9:15-23: Led by a Cloud (Hoppers, Crossmen Quartet)
  • Chapter 9:15-23: Fire by Night, Cloud By Day (Cumberland Quartet)
  • Chapter 9:15-23: Cloud by Day, Fire by Night (Old Paths) – yes, two different songs with reversed titles
  • Chapter 9:15-23: Led Out of Bondage (Cathedrals)
  • Chapter 11:5: I’ve Passed Over into Canaanland (Gold City, Kingdom Heirs)
  • Chapter 13:23: I’ve Pitched My Tent in Beulah Land (hymn)
  • Chapter 13: Canaanland is Just in Sight (Heavenbound, Cathedrals)
  • Chapter 13: I’ve Passed Over into Canaanland (Gold City, Kingdom Heirs)
  • Chapter 13: A Land where Milk and Honey Flows (Blackwood Brothers)
  • Chapter 13: Where the Milk and Honey Flow (Cathedrals)
  • Chapter 13: Milk & Honey (Hoppers, Punches Family) 
  • Chapter 13: Where the Milk and Honey Flows (Statesmen)
  • Chapter 13-14: With All the Many Miracles (Greater Vision)
  • Chapter 13-14: Leave Behind the Wilderness (Inspirations)
  • Chapter 21: High and Lifted Up (Cathedrals)
  • Chapter 22: Lord, Do it Again (Gold City, Booth Brothers)
  • Chapter 26:59: “Jochebed” (Dave, Duane & Neil, the Original Couriers)

[UPDATE] Thank you for all the submissions! They have been edited in. What others come to mind?

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Songs from Leviticus

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

This one, it turns out, is quite the challenge, because Leviticus contains one of the smallest percentages of narrative text in the Bible, and narrative text inspires a high percentage of songs. But surely we can find more than the three I named below!

  • Leviticus 1-7: Laws for specific offerings
  • Leviticus 8-9: Consecration of Tabernacle
  • Leviticus 10: Sins of Nadab and Abihu and of Eleazar and Ithamar
  • Leviticus 11: Clean and unclean animals
  • Leviticus 12-15: Personal uncleanliness laws
  • Leviticus 16: Day of Atonement / Most Holy Place / Scapegoat
  • Leviticus 16: One Holy Lamb (Poet Voices / Tribute Quartet)
  • Leviticus 17: Further sacrificial laws
  • Leviticus 18-20: Personal conduct laws
  • Leviticus 21-22: Laws for the priesthood
  • Leviticus 23: Laws for the Sabbath and the feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Tabernacles)
  • Leviticus 24: Laws for the Oil for the Lamps and the Shewbread
  • Leviticus 25: Laws for the Sabbath Year and the Year of Jubilee (The only Jubilee songs that come to mind from Southern Gospel don’t specifically address the Old Testament custom, but they were nonetheless inspired by this passage)
  • Leviticus 25: Jubilee’s A-Comin’ (Statesmen, Blue Ridge Quartet, Triumphant Quartet, Royce Mitchell)
  • Leviticus 25: Heaven’s Jubilee (Blue Ridge Quartet, Brian Free & Assurance, Chuck Wagon Gang, Gaither Homecoming Friends, Gold City, Greater Vision, The Hoppers, Legacy Five, The Old Paths, Poet Voices, Songfellows, Speer Family
  • Leviticus 25: Jubilee (“The Happy Jubilee”) (Booth Brothers/Legacy Five/Greater Vision, Gospel Singing Jubilee, The Kingsmen, The Rambos, Stewart Varnado)
  • Leviticus 26: I’ve Made a Covenant With My Lord (Kingsmen)
  • Leviticus 26: God’s covenant with Israel
  • Leviticus 27: Laws of consecration

What others come to mind?

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Songs from Exodus

This is the second 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.

Several weeks ago, we examined those claims, starting with Genesis. Let’s move on to Exodus today. For how many chapters in Genesis can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

  • Exodus 1: “One More Exodus” (Rambos)
  • Exodus 1: “God Promised to Lead His Children out of Bondage” (Cathedrals, Speers, Couriers, Florida Boys, etc.)
  • Exodus 1: “Goodbye Egypt (Hello Canaan Land)” (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  • Exodus 2: “In the Basket” (Poet Voices)
  • Exodus 2: “Preach” (Talley Trio)
  • Exodus 3: “Everyday People” (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Exodus 3: “Jesus Showed Up” (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Exodus 3: “Moses, Take Your Shoes Off” (Calvary Echoes)
  • Exodus 3: “Moses (Was the Man)” (Chuck Wagon Gang)
  • Exodus 3: “Moses” (Kingsmen)
  • Exodus 3: “Standing on Holy Ground” (Cathedrals)
  • Exodus 3: “Echoes From the Burning Bush” (Blackwood Brothers, Chuck Wagon Gang, Mark Trammell Quartet)
  • Exodus 3: “The Fire Still Burns” (Old Paths)
  • Exodus 3:2-14: “I Am” (McKameys)
  • Exodus 3:5: “Standing On Holy Ground” (Cathedrals)
  • Exodus 3:8: “Oh Come Along” (Cathedrals)
  • Exodus 4:14: “Send Aaron” (Florida Boys)
  • Exodus 5: “My Lord Will Send a Moses” (Cathedrals)
  • Exodus 6:20: “Jochebed” (Dave, Duane & Neil, the Original Couriers)
  • Exodus 7: “Common Little Things” (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Exodus 7:9-15: “Prophet’s Admiration” (Bishops)
  • Exodus 12: “The Blood is Still There” (Kevin Spencer & Friends)
  • Exodus 12: “Covered By the Blood” (Kingsmen, penned by Squire Parsons)
  • Exodus 12: “Covered By the Blood” (Nelons, a different song penned by Jason Clark)
  • Exodus 12:31: “I Made the Move” (Hinsons)
  • Exodus 13: “Led By a Cloud” (Crossmen, written by Connie Hopper)
  • Exodus 13:21: “Fire By Night, Cloud By Day” (Cumberland Quartet)
  • Exodus 14: “Perfect Candidate” (Greater Vision)
  • Exodus 14: “Delivered From the Hands of Pharaoh” (Perrys, Gaither Vocal Band)
  • Exodus 14: “It’s Just Another Red Sea” (Gold City)
  • Exodus 14: “God Delivers Again” (Cathedrals)
  • Exodus 14: “On Time God” (Dottie Peoples)
  • Exodus 14: “He’ll Make a Way” (Crabb Family)
  • Exodus 14: “You Can’t Hold Back The Flood” (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Exodus 14: “Biblically Correct” (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Exodus 14: “Jesus Showed Up” (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Exodus 14: “Dry Ground” (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Exodus 14:13: “Stand Still” (Isaacs)
  • Exodus 14:29-30: “I’m Going Through” (McKameys)
  • Exodus 16: “Back to Egypt” (Dove Brothers)
  • Exodus 16:14-19: “Fresh Manna” (McKameys)
  • Exodus 25 ff.: “God’s Home” (Triumphant Quartet)
  • Exodus 32: “Go Down, Moses”
  • Exodus 32:19: “All in God’s Own Time” (Cathedrals)
  • Exodus 33: “He Will Hide Me” (Perrys)
  • Exodus 33: “Glimpse of Your Glory” (Ball Brothers)
  • Exodus 33:15: “Without Him” (McKameys)
  • Exodus 33:18-23: “Called In, Called Up, Called Out” (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Exodus 34:29-35: “Don’t Let Your Light Grow Dim” (Isaacs)
  • Exodus 34:29: I Want You to Know (The McKameys)
  • Exodus: “Canaanland is Just in Sight” (Heaven Bound, Cathedrals, Gaither Homecoming Friends)
  • Exodus: “Bring Me Out of the Desert” (McKameys)

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Songs from Genesis

Make no mistake, Southern Gospel songs focus on many of the highest themes known to mankind—songs of Salvation, the Cross, the Resurrection, and eternity. Yet from time to time, critics have claimed that Southern Gospel songs focus on these themes to the exclusion of other Biblical themes which are appropriate and perhaps necessary to address in song.

Today, let’s examine that. Let’s start with the first book of the Bible, Genesis. For how many chapters in Genesis can we find Southern Gospel songs addressing their themes?

Here’s a start (edit: with some of your suggestions):

  • Genesis 1: “God Did it All” (Booth Brothers)
  • Genesis 1: “Biblically Correct” (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Genesis 1: “God Made It” (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Genesis 1: “Nobody Knows the Answer But God” (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Genesis 1: “If God Said It, I Believe It” (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Genesis 1: “In the Beginning” (Statler Brothers)
  • Genesis 1: “It’s All Good” (McKameys)
  • Genesis 1:2: “One Step at a Time” (McKameys)
  • Genesis 1:3-30: “When It’s Said, It’s Done” (McKameys)
  • Genesis 1:26: “In the Beginning” (Statesmen)
  • Genesis 1:27: “Created in His Image” (Bill Gaither Trio, Blackwood Brothers)
  • Genesis 1:27: “Biblically Correct” (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Genesis 2-3: “Eve” (Statler Brothers)
  • Genesis 2:3: “In the Beginning” (Statesmen)
  • Genesis 2:15: “He Gave” (McKameys)
  • Genesis 3: “For God So Loved” (Brian Free & Assurance)
  • Genesis 3: “God Saw a Cross” (Kingsmen)
  • Genesis 3: “Death Has Died” (Cathedrals)
  • Genesis 3:8,19: “In the Cool of the Day” (McKameys)
  • Genesis 4: “It’s the Blood” (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Genesis 4:9: “My Brother’s Keeper” (Statesmen)
  • Genesis 5: “However I Go” (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Genesis 5: “Gone Without a Trace” (to be announced)
  • Genesis 5:22-24: “However I Go” (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Genesis 5:24: Go Home With Me (McKameys)
  • Genesis 5:25: When They Send Down the Chariot (Inspirations)
  • Genesis 6: “All in God’s Own Time” (Cathedrals)
  • Genesis 6: “Didn’t it Rain” (Speer Family, Dove Brothers)
  • Genesis 6: “Ol’ Brother Noah” (Dixie Echoes)
  • Genesis 6: “It Wasn’t Raining when Noah Built the Ark” (Hemphills)
  • Genesis 6: “Noah” (Hinsons)
  • Genesis 6: “Noah” (Jordanaires)
  • Genesis 6: “You’d Better Have a Boat” (Tribute Quartet)
  • Genesis 6:8″: “Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord”
  • Genesis 6: “Get On Board” (Isaacs)
  • Genesis 6:13-22: “What Noah Knew” (Collingsworth Family)
  • Genesis 8:6-12: “The Dove” (The Hoppers)
  • Genesis 8:6-12: Wings of a Dove (Blackwood Brothers, Blue Ridge Quartet, Cathedral Trio, Cathedral Quartet, Dixie Echoes, Dove Brothers, Florida Boys, Harvesters, LeFevres, Spencers, Wally Fowler & the Oak Ridge Quartet)
  • Genesis 8:6-12: “Open Up the Window Noah” (Bishops)
  • Genesis 8:22: “Thank God For The Promise of Spring” (Bill Gaither Trio)
  • Genesis 9:12-17: “God Put a Rainbow in the Clouds” (Statesmen)
  • Genesis 12-22: “Have a Little Faith” (Abraham)
  • Genesis 14: “Prophet, Priest, and King” (to be announced)
  • Genesis 22:2-13: “The Blood of the Lamb” (McKameys)
  • Genesis 22:8: “God Himself the Lamb” (Cathedrals)
  • Genesis 22: “God Has Provided a Lamb” (Greater Vision)
  • Genesis 22: “God Will Provide” (Gold City)
  • Genesis 22: “The Father and the Son” (Freemans)
  • Genesis 22: “Abraham’s Ram” (Down East Boys)
  • Genesis 22: “God’s Chosen” (Squire Parsons)
  • Genesis 22: “Taking Isaac Up The Mountain” (Roy Knight Singers)
  • Genesis 22: “If This is What God Wants” (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  • Genesis 22: “Called In, Called Up, Called Out” (Mark Trammell Trio)
  • Genesis 22: “Prophet’s Admiration” (Bishops)
  • Genesis 22:17: “All in the Family” (Todd Allen Family)
  • Genesis 28:10-22: “Back to Bethel” (Cathedrals)
  • Genesis 28:11: “I’m Going Through, Jesus” (McKameys)
  • Genesis 28:12: “We are Climbing Jacob’s Ladder” (Chuck Wagon Gang, Kingdom Heirs, Thrasher Brothers, Ann Downing)
  • Genesis 28:12: “Jacob’s Vision” (Wendy Bagwell & the Sunliters)
  • Genesis 31:13: “Let Us Go Back” (McKameys)
  • Genesis 31:13: “Back to Bethel” (Cathedrals)
  • Genesis 32:22-30: “Rasslin’ Jacob” (Gaither Vocal Band)
  • Genesis 32:22-30: “Wait For the Morning Light” (McKameys)
  • Genesis 32:24-32: “Jesus Showed Up” (Kingdom Heirs)
  • Genesis 35: “Back to Bethel” (Cathedrals)
  • Genesis 37: “Dream On” (Ernie Haase & Signature Sound)
  • Genesis 37: “God’s Point of View” (McKameys)
  • Genesis 37-42: “The Dreamer” (Statler Brothers)

What others come to mind? What about the curse (ch. 3), Cain and Abel (4), the tower of Babel (11), Abraham’s call (12), Melchizedek (14), the Abrahamic covenant (15), Isaac (21), Jacob wrestling with God (32), Joseph (37, 39-45), Jacob’s and Joseph’s final blessings, deaths, and deathbed prophecies (48-50)?

Update: We came out of today’s discussion with twenty-five songs. Not bad! And is it a good thing or a bad thing that our list would be fourteen were it not for the contributions of one writer, Dianne Wilkinson?

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