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 New Testament (books of the Bible)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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