Because of his centrality to the form, we need to spend a little more time with Hank Williams, Sr.
Although he was the exemplar for the hard country songs, he also sang songs rooted in the gospel music that was one of the two main streams of traditional country music.
This music has always been eschatological in the South. The world will melt away in the fires, so soon to come, that will rain down from Heaven.
And we all know who is the rider of the pale horse:
Hear him cite book, chapter and verse in this song. It's from 1949. It makes some sense, at the hour of the start of the long Cold War.
So we must understand this tension to be at the root of the music he is building. It is built around a sincere faith, but also it is rooted in an honest admission of sin. He does not claim to be better than he is. He does not think that his sins prove his strength. This honest speech is the root of the power of his song.