633. He Is Lord

Text Information
First Line: He is Lord, he is Lord
Title: He Is Lord
Publication Date: 1987
Meter: PM
Scripture: Philippians 2:6-11
Topic: Doxologies; Songs for Children: Hymns
Language: English
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Dale Grotenhuis (1986)
Meter: PM
Key: F Major
Source: Traditional
Copyright: Harmonization © 1987, CRC Publications

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. = Phil. 2:10-11

One of numerous anonymous Scripture songs arising out of the charismatic movement during the 1960s and following, this popular song is drawn from the well-known confession of faith recorded in Philippians 2:10-11. There Paul appears to be quoting from an early Christian hymn that was used as a profession of faith. The following are additional stanzas, also anonymous, printed in the British Methodist Hymns and Psalms and in The Worshiping Church (1990); these may be freely reprinted in church bulletins:

He is King, he is King!
He will draw all nations to him, he is King;
and the time shall be when the world shall sing
that Jesus Christ is King!

He is Love, he is Love!
He has shown us by his life that he is Love.
All his people sing with one voice of joy
that Jesus Christ is Love!

He is Life, he is Life!
He has died to set us free and he is Life;
and he calls us all to live evermore,
for Jesus Christ is Life!

These additional stanzas use phrases from John's gospels to extol Christ as the king who draws all nations to him (John 12:32), as the source and model of love (1 John 3:16), and as the surety for eternal life (1 John 5:11).

Liturgical Use:
As a sung profession of faith in many different times and places of worship; during the Easter season; Lord's Supper.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

HE IS LORD should be sung with great conviction as a bold testimony to all the world that “Jesus is Lord!” Use strong accompaniment, but do not rush the tempo. When the hymn is sung with some or all of the additional stanzas, conclude the singing with a repeat of the first stanza.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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