Songs based on 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus, the Pastoral Epistles

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

1 and 2 Timothy haven't inspired as many songs as some other books of the Bible, except for a few passages within these letters. Some I have included primarily for the lyrics, others are quite singable. Doubtless you'll know of others. Tunes and words to most out-of-copyright hymns can be found at CyberHymnal.org. Tunes and words for many newer songs and choruses can be found using CCLI.com's SongSelect service.

1 Timothy Songs

1:15 "Chief of Sinners," words: William McComb (1864), Music: "Dix" by Conrad Kocher (1838, tune of "For the Beauty of the Earth")
1:17 "Now unto the King Eternal," words: KJV; music: Lorraine Sonnenberg ( 1972, 1980 Dawn Treader Music)
1:17 "Now unto the King Eternal" ("unto the Reigning King"), words and music by Dennis Jernigan ( 1988, Integrity's Praise! Music)
1:17 "The King Eternal" ("All glory and honor for ever to you"), words and music by Charlie Hall ( 1997, Generation Music)
1:17 "To the King Eternal," words and music by Graham Kendrick ( 1999, Make Way Music)
1:17 "Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise," words: Walter Chalmers Smith (1876); Music: "St. Denio," Welsh melody from Canaidau y Cyssegr, by John Roberts (1839). There have been several contemporary adaptations to this using the same words.
1:17 "Immortal Invisible God," by Ed Cash and Laura Story ( 2008, New Spring, Gleaning Publishing, Alletrop Music)
1:17 "Your Great Name We Praise," by Bob Kauflin and Walter Chalmers Smith ( 2001, Sovereign Grace Praise)
1:17 "Doxology" ("And to the King who lives forever...."), words and music by David Godfrey ( 2000, Daybreak Music, Ltd.)
1:17 "To the King of All Ages," words and music by Nolene Prince ( 1976, Scripture in Song)
2:1-8 "Everywhere Lift Up Holy Hands," words and music by Tim Smith ( 1997, SongSmith Ministries)
2:5 "One God and One Mediator," words and music by Norman Clayton ( 1942, New Spring)
2:8 "Unchanging" ("So we raise up holy hands / to praise the Holy One"), words and music by Chris Tomlin ( 2002, worshiptogether.com songs, sixsteps Music)
3:15 "Church of the Living God" ("... Pillar and ground of truth"), words: Arthur J. Mason (1889), music: "State Street" by Jonathan C. Woodman (1844).
3:16 "The Great Mystery," words and music by Bruce Palmer ( 2006, Two Wings Music)
3:16 "The Mystery of Godliness," words and music by Deborah J. Monroe ( 2006, Deborah J. Monroe)
3:16 "The Mystery of Godliness," words and music by Ken Young ( 1993, Hallal Music, Dayspring Music, Toddler Tunes Music)
5:22 "Keep Thyself Pure," words: Adelaide Plumptre (1908), Music: "Pentecost" by William Boyd (1864)
6:12 "Lead On O King Eternal" ("... the day of march has come"), words: Ernest W. Shurtleff (1888), music: "Lancashire" by Henry T. Smart (1836)
6:12 "Fight the Good Fight," words and music by John C. Hatton and John Samuel Bewley Monsell (public domain)
6:11 "Guard the Trust" ("O my dear Timothy"), words and music by Robert Frazier and Steve Camp ( 1991, Birdwing Music, Sparrow Music Company, Carob Music)
6:12 "Fight the Good Fight with All Thy Might," words: John W.B. Monsell (1863), sung in "Chariots of Fire" (1981); Music: "Pentecost," by William Boyd (1864)
6:15 "God, the Blessed and Only Ruler," words: Susan H. Peterson (1988, released into the public domain), music: "Cairnbrook" by Ebenezer Prout (1887)
6:17 "All My Hope on God Is Founded," words and music by Joachim Neander (1680), translation by Fred Pratt Green (1986)
6:20 "Guard the Trust" ("O my dear Timothy"), words and music by Robert Frazier and Steve Camp ( 1991, Birdwing Music, Sparrow Music Company, Carob Music)

2 Timothy Songs

1:6 "Fan into Flame," words and music by Terry Lee Ousley ( 2000, Ousley Music)
1:6 "Fan into Flame," words and music by Priyantha Fernando ( 2002, Priyantha Fernando)
1:6 "Fan into Flame," words and music by John Michael Talbot ( 1993 Troubadour for the Lord Music)
1:7 "God Has Not given Us a Spirit of Fear," words and music by Ramon Pink ( 1989 Scripture in Song (Maranatha! Music))
1:7 "God Didn't Give Me a Spirit of Fear," words and music by Chris Falson ( 1989, Maranatha! Music)
1:7 "The Spirit of Power," by Abiodun James, Cority Quarles, and Steve Dory ( 1989, Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
1:11 "Heralds of Jesus," words: Jeremiah E. Rankin (1888), music: William H. Pontius
1:12 "I Know Whom I Have Believed," words: Daniel W. Whittle (1883), music: James McGranahan
1:12 "'Tis Summer in My Heart" ("I know in whom my soul believes"), words: Fanny Crosby (1891), music: John R. Sweney
1:14 "Guard the Trust" ("O my dear Timothy"), words and music by Robert Frazier and Steve Camp ( 1991, Birdwing Music, Sparrow Music Company, Carob Music)
2:3 "Keep in the Line" ("Soldiers for Jesus, rise and away...."), words: Fanny Crosby (1886), music: William J. Kirkpatrick
2:3 "Rally, Soldiers, One and All," words: Fanny Crosby, music: Hubert P. Main
2:3 "Onward Christian Soldiers," words: Sabine Baring-Gould (1865), music: "St. Gertrude" by Arthur S. Sullivan (1871)
2:3 "Soldiers of King Jesus," words: Ada Blenkhorn (1900), music: H.N. Lindsay
2:3 "Am I a Soldier of the Cross," words: Isaac Watts (1721-4), music: "Arlington" by Thomas A. Arne (1762)
2:3 "Soldiers of the Light," words and music by David Baroni ( 1987, Gary S. Paxton Publications, Inc.)
2:3 "Wounded Soldier," words and music by Danny Daniels ( 1985, Mercy / Vineyard Publishing)
2:3 "When You Are a Soldier," words and music by Steven Curtis Chapman ( 1990, Sparrow Song, Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Greg Nelson Music)
2:13 "He Remains Faithful," words and music by Jay Stocker ( 2005, Group Publishing, Inc.)
2:24-25 2 Timothy 2:24-25 ("The servant of the Lord must not strive"), words and music by Barry Braman ( 1982, Broadman Press)
3:16 "All Scripture Is Inspired by God," words and music by Jay Stocker ( 2005, Group Publishing, Inc.)
3:16 "The Holy Word of God," words: Joshua F. Drake (2004, released to the public domain), music: "Lex Noster" by Joshua F. Drake (2004, released to the public domain)
3:16-17 "All Scripture" ("... is God breathed"), words and music by David Godfrey ( 2002, Daybreak Music, Ltd.)
3:16-17 "All Scripture," words and music by Carol Smith ( 2003, Group Publishing, Inc.)
4:1 "And Must I Be to Judgment Brought," words: Charles Wesley (1763), music: "Windsor" by Christopher Tye (1553)
4:1 "Thou Judge of Quick and Dead," words: Charles Wesley (1749), music: "Diademata" by George J. Elvey (1868)
4:7 "I the good fight have Fought," words: Charles Wesley (1762), music: "Victory (Whitehead)" by H.A. Whitehead (1905)
4:7-8 "Falter Not," words: Fanny Crosby (1891), music: John R. Sweney
4:7-8 "I Have Kept the Faith," words and music by Paul Baloche ( 1992, Integrity's Hosanna! Music)
4:7-8 "Run for the Prize," words and music by Mark Chase ( 1995, Mark Chase)
4:7-8 "Day of Glory" ("I've fought the good fight in life, ran the race through peace and strife...."), words and music by Susan Chen Montague ( 1994, Susan Chen Montague)
4:8 "I Love His Appearing," words and music by Thoro Harris (1916)
4:12 "I Would Be True," words: Howard Arnold Walter (1906), music: Joseph Yates Peek (1911)

Titus Songs

3:5 "Depth of Mercy," words: Charles Wesley (1740), music: "Canterbury" by Orlando Gibbons (1623)
3:5 "Titus 3:5," author unknown, in Rejoice in Jesus Always ( 1973, Maranatha Evangelical Association of Calvary Chapel)


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