In an expository song, the main idea of a passage of Scripture is the main idea of the song. Colossians 3:16 says: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” A good expository song is a song in which the word of Christ dwells richly.

Christianity has a long tradition of expository sermons, where the main idea of a passage of Scripture is the main idea of the sermon. Certainly nothing Scripturally forbids surrounding expository sermons with unrelated songs, but there is untapped potential in reinforcing the sermon by singing songs rooted in the same sermon text.

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wdt_ID Scripture Title Author Artist/Editor Hymnal/Album Publishing Information Year Lyrics Sheet Music YouTube Amazon Genre Main Idea Book Chapter Verse 1 Verse 2
1 Genesis 1:1-2 In the Beginning (Genesis 1:1-2) Stephen Rutland Introduced by Stephen Rutland on Scripture Songs for Kids (The Lost Tracks) (2021). 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o1RRtpdtzs https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09MR7LKKP/ Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 1 2
2 Genesis 1:1-3 Genesis 1:1-3 (ESV) Stan Blair Introduced by Stan Blair on Swordgrip Scripture Songs: Genesis to Psalms (2020). 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eV6MPchTmY https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0892TDXCK/ Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 1 3
3 Genesis 1:1-3 God Is Creator (Genesis 1:1-3) Seeds Family Worship Introduced by Seeds Family Worship on The Character of God (2012). 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkPoz7LO0Pc https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B009MKJWLC Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 1 3
4 Genesis 1:1-5 Genesis 1:1-5 Luke and Emily Introduced by Luke and Emily on Songs to Remember, Vol. 1 (2018). 2018 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7X00LQhS2o https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B07D7SKHDV Other Quote Genesis 1 1 5
5 Genesis 1:1-5 Genesis 1:1-5 (In the Beginning) Elizabeth Ledford Introduced by Elizabeth Ledford on Scripture Songs, Vol. 1 (2020). 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssJ_3Xovz8Y https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B084JR5CX9 Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 1 5
6 Genesis 1:1-5 In the Beginning / Genesis 1:1-5 Tommy and Jo Hendricks Introduced by Tommy and Jo Hendricks on Mega Verses, Vol. 1 (2012). 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE8d92LMl78 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00A8WH5GM/ Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 1 5
7 Genesis 1:1 Genesis 1:1 Awana Introduced by Awana on Ultimate Adventure Music Book 1 NKJV (Part 1 of 2) (2008). 2008 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPMfHD5bzTo https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B003UYX41A Children's Quote Genesis 1 1
8 Genesis 1:1 Genesis 1:1 Dimitri Caver Introduced by Dimitri Caver on Hide the Word 1: Old Testament (2012). 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iBPkj8LObM https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B0094BAEPC Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 1
9 Genesis 1:1 Genesis 1:1 Emma's Dad Introduced by Emma's Dad on First Grade Verses (2020). 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cno8SaNM52Y https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B08FXZ2J58 Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 1
10 Genesis 1:1 Genesis 1:1 Marjorie L. Wingert Introduced by Marjorie L. Wingert on Sing Along with Mr. Caleb (2020). 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk9J-4Q5UnA https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B08NWF8MX4 Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 1
11 Genesis 1:1 Genesis 1:1 and 3:6 Jeff Miller Introduced by Jeff Miller on Hidden in My Heart, Volume I (2012). 2012 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5x0QPs6YDUY https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B07MGSG7MZ Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 1
12 Genesis 1:1 Genesis 1:1 and Leviticus 17:14 Jeff Miller Introduced by Jeff Miller on Christian Evidences Memory Work (2016). 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvf0M0TaXnc https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B081S8CRJ8 Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 1
13 Genesis 1:1 God Created the Heaven and Earth (Genesis 1:1) The Wonder Kids Introduced by The Wonder Kids on I'm a Believer! Singable Bible Songs & Verses for Christian Kids (2022). 2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k5SH1eKQFo https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B09MBDPPJ2 Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 1
14 Genesis 1:1 In the Beginning (Gen 1:1) Remembersing Introduced by Remembersing on Volume One (2013). 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJNMCoUw67Q https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BUALGXO/ Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 1
15 Genesis 1:1 In the Beginning (Genesis 1:1) The Wonder Kids Introduced by The Wonder Kids on 33 Bible Verses for Big Kids, Volume 2 (2009). 2009 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEBPF9RY79M https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B00C2M6JOK Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 1
16 Genesis 1:1 In the Beginning God Created Abe & Liza Philip Introduced by Abe & Liza Philip on God's Words from A to Z (2007). 2007 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANpEreySRNY https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B0019GN4O8 Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 1
17 Genesis 1:24 Genesis 1:24 and Job 38:33 Jeff Miller Introduced by Jeff Miller on Christian Evidences Memory Work (2016). 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyxPsHVfAm8 https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B081S8CRJ8 Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 24
18 Genesis 1:26 Genesis 1:26 Awana Introduced by Awana on T&T Mission: Evidence of Grace (NKJV) (2017). 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-f0xJbKvMoo https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B0728MJMY6 Children's Quote Genesis 1 26
19 Genesis 1:26 Genesis 1:26 Sword Jams Introduced by Sword Jams on Awana (Evidence of Grace Remix) (2021). 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B58hb_t0SAQ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09KK7TD9W/ Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 26
20 Genesis 1:27 Gen. 1:27, He's got the whole world Dee Downey Pruett Introduced by Dee Downey Pruett on Everyone Is a Winner! a Musical Journey Thru the Bible... New International Version (2006). 2006 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_ntDuke3Q0 https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B0016HT28W Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 27
21 Genesis 1:27 Genesis 1:27 Awana Introduced by Awana on Ultimate Adventure Music Book 1 NKJV (Part 2 OF 2) (2008). 2008 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqHiyGd_R3U https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B003UY4ON2 Children's Quote Genesis 1 27
22 Genesis 1:27 Genesis 1:27 Dee Downey Pruett Introduced by Dee Downey Pruett on Everyone Is a Winner! a Musical Journey Thru the Bible... New International Version (2006). 2006 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FhAMiGO4HM https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B0016HT28W Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 27
23 Genesis 1:27 God Created Man (Genesis 1:27 ESV) Seeds Family Worship Introduced by Seeds Family Worship on Hope (2021). 2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbpAGlrZumI https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B09GPYXLWW Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 27
24 Genesis 1:27 Tomorrow Poet Tree Scripture Songs Introduced by Poet Tree Scripture Songs on Here to Heaven (2020). 2020 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4uOe6MMzrQ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0875QMVJF/ Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 27
25 Genesis 1:28 1 John 4:1 and Genesis 1:28 Jeff Miller Introduced by Jeff Miller on Christian Evidences Memory Work (2016). 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn5bLAu8qqo https://www.amazon.com/music/player/albums/B081S8CRJ8 Scripture Songs Quote Genesis 1 28

Expository Songs from Each Book of the Bible