Romans 14:8

For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

Henry Harbaugh, a German Reformed pastor in Pennsylvania in the mid-1800s, used this passage as the basis for the simple and savory lyric of his hymn “Jesus, I Live to Thee”:

Jesus, I live to Thee,
The loveliest and best;
My life in Thee, Thy life in me,
In Thy blest love I rest.

Jesus, I die to Thee,
Whenever death shall come;
To die in Thee is life to me,
In my eternal home.

Whether to live or die,
I know not which is best;
To live in Thee is bliss to me,
To die is endless rest.

Living or dying, Lord,
I ask but to be Thine;
My life in Thee, Thy life in me,
Makes heaven forever mine.

Romans 14:17

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

This is one of countless passages where a writer of our generation would take one glance and say, “There’s no way to write a song from this verse! Moving right along…”

Nobody told that to Isaac Watts. He wrote:

Not diff’rent food, or diff’rent dress,
Compose the kingdom of our Lord;
But peace, and joy, and righteousness,
Faith, and obedience to his word.

When weaker Christians we despise,
We do the gospel mighty wrong;
For God, the gracious and the wise,
Receives the feeble with the strong.

Let pride and wrath be banished hence;
Meekness and love our souls pursue;
Nor shall our practice give offence
To saints, the Gentile or the Jew.

Expository Songs

Jesus, I Live to Thee (Romans 14:8)
Written by Henry Harbaugh
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Kings Shall Bow (Romans 14:11)
Written by Gary Driskell, Marty Hennis, David Hanvelt | Popularized by Steve Green
Lyrics | YouTube

Not Diff’rent Food or Diff’rent Dress (Romans 14:17)
Written by Isaac Watts
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Other References

Lord, it belongs not to my care (Romans 14:8)
Written by Richard Baxter
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Every Knee Has Got To Bow (Romans 14:11)
Popularized by Fairfield Four
YouTube

Every Knee Shall Bow (Romans 14:11)
Written by Twila Paris | Popularized by Twila Paris
YouTube

Every Knee Will Bend (Romans 14:11)
Written by John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot
YouTube

Jesus is Lord of All (Romans 14:11)
Written by Babbie Mason, Kenny Mann | Popularized by Babbie Mason
YouTube

Look, Ye Saints, the Sight Is Glorious (Romans 14:11)
Written by Thomas Kelly
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

The Name Above All Names (Romans 14:11)
Written by Judah Groveman | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

What Account Will You Give? (Romans 14:12)
Written by Thomas Chisholm
Lyrics | Sheet Music

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