Scripture Songs (so far) for the New Slugs & Bugs CD!

In case you’re just hearing about this for the first time, (almost)all of the lyrics for the new Slugs & Bugs CD will come straight from Scripture. I’ve been working on this project for the past year, and it’s a funny business turning Scripture into quality songs. Some verses slide almost effortlessly into place, but most won’t yield to any sort of elegant rhythm or melody no matter how much you want them to.

I thought I’d share some of the verses that have turned into keeper songs (below).  And if I had seen this list of verses 2 years ago I would have laughed at the seemingly impossible prospect of turning these chunks of unmetered, unrhyming passages into true, listenable, singable, joyful melodies.  Now I’m laughing because I just can’t wait for you to hear them.

I’m still writing, still working on more scripture songs, some that have come straight from your suggestions in past posts.  I hope you’ll continue sharing verses that are meaningful to you and your families in the comments below this post.  I’ll consider every suggestion.  You never know which passages will let melody wrap around them and bring their ancient light into a new lamp.

Scripture Passages for Keeper Slugs & Bugs Songs:

The Old Testament (books of the Bible)

The New Testament (books of the Bible)

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will direct your path.

Luke 12:35-36
Be dressed, ready for service and keep your lamps burning,
Like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet,
So that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him.
It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes.
Truly I tell you,
He will dress himself to serve,
He will have them recline at the table
And will come and wait on them.

2 Peter 1:3-4
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness
Through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises,
So that through them you may participate in the divine nature,
And escape the corruption of the world caused by evil desires.

Matthew 7:3-5
Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye
And pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’
When all the time there is a plank in your own eye?
You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye,
And then you will see clear enough to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Psalm 1
Blessed is the man who does not walk
In the counsel of the wicked,
Stand in the place of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of mockers;
His delight is in the law of the Lord,
And on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water
Which yields its fruit in season,
Whose leaf does not wither.
Ans whatever he does prospers.
The wicked are not so,
But are like chaff that the wind drives away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the wicked will perish.

Mark 8
Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea.
Along the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”
They said, “Some say John the Baptist; some say Elijah; others say a prophet.”
“What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered Jesus, “You are the Christ.”

Jesus told his disciples “Don’t breathe a word of this to anyone.”
He then began explaining things to them
He said “The Son of Man must suffer many things, be rejected by the elders, priests and the teachers,
He must be killed and after three days rise again.

Peter rebuked Jesus,

Jesus turned to Peter. He said “Get behind me, Satan!”
“You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.”

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

1 John 3:16
This is how we know what love is
Jesus Christ laid down his life for us
And we ought to lay down our lives
For our brothers and sisters

Romans 8:1-2
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ,
Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free
From the law of sin and death.

1 Corinthians 13:1-8a
Thanks for stopping by the Slugs & Bugs Blog. I’m looking forward to your scripture suggestions!

22 thoughts on “Scripture Songs (so far) for the New Slugs & Bugs CD!

  1. Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the Lord hath made. I will rejoice and be glad in it…”
    Ephesians 6:13 – 20 Armor of God
    John 10 The Good Shepherd

  2. Fruit of the Spirit


    (anger/argument/peacemaker verses) James 1:19-20, Prov 16:32, Prov 15:1, Eph 4:32, Matt 5:9, Ps 34:13, Rom 12:18, Heb 12:15, Luke 6:36, Rom 12:10, Prov 24:29, Rom 12:21

    James 3 on the tongue

    1 John 1:9

    (others first) Phil 2:3, Prov 3:27, Rom 12:10, 2 Cor 9:7, Gal 6:10

    (work verses) Phil 2:14, Col 3:22-23, Prov 6:6-11, Eph 5:15-16

    (thankfulness/contentment verses) Psalm 118:1, 1 Thes 5:18, Phil 4:8

    (basic obedience verses)Eph 6:1-3, Proverbs 10:8, Prov 19:20, Prov 1:33, Prov 15:5

    off the top of my head, these are the verses and issues/groups of verses most adressed and memorized around here

  3. My daughter & I have been loving James 1:5… “If any if you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault. “

  4. Psalm 133: 1 – Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

    Proverbs 17:14 – The beginning of strife is like letting out water, so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

    Proverbs 27:19 – As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.

  5. How about a song that deals with our expectations for Christ always being for a triumphant king, like the story of the Triumphal Entry in Lk 19 where the people sing hosanna to the king, yet as Jesus approaches Jerusalem he weeps over it and says, “If you, even you, only knew the things that make for peace…” Or better yet in Rev. 5 where John weeps because no one is able to open the scroll and the angel says, “Don’t weep, look the Lion of Judah.” But when John turns to see the lion, he sees a lamb, looking as if it is being led to slaughter.

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