Hymn: The Humbled God

Here’s a song I’ve written (at least the words). It’s to the tune of Mary Did You Know. I wrote it in response to a message I heard during the Christmas season of 2017. It’s focuses on Philippians 2:5ff, both his humiliation and exaltation.

Verse 1 (Humbly):

Long, long ago, Jesus came to earth, born in manger lowly.

Cattle stall, in a bed of hay, although King of Glory.

Laid aside all the rights of God, now as man appears.

Since a man, he was a servant. Unto death he served with tears.

Verse 2 (Sadly):

Humble, broken, sad–Jesus prayed alone for disciples sleeping.

Sweating blood, plead the cup be passed from lips that were trembling.

But he drank! Drank the cup of wrath! Drained God’s wrath on man!

Empty fell the cup of judgement–‘Twas drained by nail pierced hands!

Chorus (With Power and Awe):

The God of all all the universe enrobed in brilliant light! But manger born! By nails was torn! To make us sinners right!


Verse 3 (Gaining strength):

Three days in the tomb, Jesus lay in death. But death could not hold him.

Rose again, breaking death’s cold bond, triumphed over Satan.

Declared Lord, Ruler of the Earth! Power, glory, laud!

Sits the King enthroned in glory–Jesus Christ, the Son of God!

Verse 4 (Military March):

When he comes again, on triumphant steed, conquering rebellion,

Over all–with an iron rod–rules he from mount Zion.

Every knee–knees in heaven above, on the earth below–

All will now before his glory–before God’s great throne!

Chorus (quiet, humble, thankful–but not breathy):

The God of all the universe, enrobed in brilliant light.

But manger born, by nails was torn, to make us sinners right.

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