Behind the Music ~ My King

“Our Lord and God, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because you have created all things, and by your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11

Many worship songs are me/I centered, what can God do for me, what has He done for me, I am this or that because of who God is, who He says I am, etc, etc. This isn’t all bad, we need truth and life spoken into our hearts, I even have some songs that talk about being chosen and loved by God. But for this song, I wanted to focus on Him. He is worthy, He is Holy, He deserves honor, praise and Glory! And when we stand before a Holy God and see ourselves in light of His holiness…oh Lord, I am ruined, undone, I am not worthy to be in Your presence.

“Then I said: Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips, and because my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Armies.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭6:5‬ ‭

“But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Luke 5:8

Have you ever had this kind of response or reaction to the Savior? Woe is me, I am ruined because I’ve seen the King. Depart from me I am not worthy to be in Your presence, Lord.

A couple months ago I had the wonderful opportunity to lead worship for a week long revival with Dr. Robert Loggins. He is a mentor and friend and great man of God. It was such a powerful week for my heart, to grow closer to Jesus and just BE with Him. The messages were incredible and I jotted down so many notes, take-aways, ideas for songs (this one in particular) and more. Night 2 was about God’s holiness, His otherness, His attributes…I was undone. Isaiah was transfigured and transformed in the presence of a holy God.

Isaiah 6:1-8 “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a high and lofty throne, and the hem of his robe filled the temple. 2 Seraphim were standing above him; they each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. 3 And one called to another:

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Armies;
his glory fills the whole earth.

4 The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke. 5 Then I said: Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips, and because my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of Armies. 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, and in his hand was a glowing coal that he had taken from the altar with tongs. 7 He touched my mouth with it and said: Now that this has touched your lips, your iniquity is removed and your sin is atoned for. 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord asking: Who will I send? Who will go for us? I said: Here I am. Send me.”

It is so easy to go through the mundane days of life and get numb, calloused, and forget the awesome God who created us, loved us, died for us, keeps us. We need reminded to abandon ourselves to Him over and over again. We get in the way, life gets in the way, stuff gets in the way. I will never be able to see the holiness of God until my desires die, until the distractions, obstructions, and longings of my sinful heart are dead at the foot of the cross of Jesus. I want to be crucified with Christ so I can truly live.

My heart is laid bare before you, Jesus, completely abandoned to You. Give me an undivided heart, Lord God. Strip away tradition and religion, pour out your lavish love and grace upon me so I can live life and operate in the overflow of Your Holy Spirit. Your Spirit’s fire brings change…change me Holy Spirit. You are MY KING!!! This song doesn’t even begin to describe who You are…but even yet, may it be a sweet smelling aroma and offering to You.

In the actual writing of this song, I gathered up my notes, my Bible, pencil and paper and sat down at my piano and began. I had verses, chorus, maybe a bridge? I can’t rightly remember at the moment. But I set it aside. In the middle of the night I woke up with My King, My Lord in a distinct rhythm and melody. So, of course I did what every rational songwriter does…you jump out of bed and go sing it in your phone so you don’t forget it! I did just that but I don’t think I would’ve forgotten this one. It is unlike anything else I’ve written musically speaking. I went back to bed and worked on it the next day with so much excitement. I can’t wait to share it in its fullness/entirety – music and all but until then you’ll just have to read the lyrics and imagine what it might sound like.

My King by Christy Hoagland

Verse 1
Maker of Heaven, and all the earth
Show us Your Glory, Your matchless worth
Counter of stars, giver of Names
Perfect and Holy, God of all Grace

Chorus 1A
My King, My Lord, My God, behold
My King, My Lord, My God, adore Him

Verse 2
Alpha, Omega, Beginning, End
Tamed seas You walked on, harnessed the wind
And just a glimpse of who You are
Your Holy presence, breaks our hearts

Chorus 1B
My King, My Lord, My God, behold Him
My King, My Lord, My God, I adore You

Interlude
Woe, Woe, Woe
Worthy is the Lamb

Bridge 1
I am ruined, I am undone
You are Sacred, the Sovereign One
I am ruined, I am undone
You are Holy, the Holy One

Bridge 2
Holy, Holy, Lord God of Armies
Your Glory, fills the earth
Worthy, worthy, Lord God Almighty
Blessing and Honor and Glory

Verse 3
Lord, crucify me, kill my desires
Holy Spirit, come light a fire
Fill me and give me, a brand new start
Here I am, Jesus, set me apart

Chorus 2
My King, My Lord, My God, I adore You
Father, the Son, Holy Spirit, come

© Christy Hoagland | ASCAP Sing for the King Publishing

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