Songs of Genesis

When you flip through the pages of a church hymnal, you immediately think of the Bible’s Psalms. Several of our modern (and not-so-modern) songs have their roots in the book of beginnings

Genesis 24:59 and the preceding account of Abraham’s servant’s mission may be the inspiration for an old traditional piece, "I’m a Pilgrim." (I’m a pilgrim. I’m a stranger. I can tarry, I can tarry but a night. Do not detain me for I am going…)

The great song about the cross – (popularized by it’s performance on the sinking Titanic) Nearer, My God to Thee uses the story of Jacob’s ladder as a foreshadowing of the cross, a connection between heaven and man.

There are others, straight from the creation account linked with the Psalms. "I Sing the Mighty Power of God" was a children’s song designed to teach that God created all.

"God Moves in a Mysterious Way" is often associated with several stories of the patriarchs — even Joseph’s captivity and wrongful imprisonment by the hands of Potiphar’s wife.

You can view a list of songs that have allusions to Genesis over at the Cyber Hymnal.

Maybe I’ll turn more often to the pages of Genesis when I need a reminder of God’s faithful promise keeping!