BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#884 - "All Hail King Jesus" by Jeremy Riddle
Jeremy Riddle tells the story of how this song was born in times of corporate worship.
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #884 -
Posted: January 09, 2018 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Jeremy Riddle is one of the Bethel Music worship leaders, best known for co-writing "This is Amazing Grace," "Love Came Down" and "Furious," along with his worship songs "Sweetly Broken" and "Full Attention." From my first listen, I was totally worshipping along during his new project More. These songs are a great way to invite listeners into a place of worship. 

More is a completely worshipful album, loaded with biblical truth and sincere and soothing vocals. God is exalted and the depth of His love is celebrated in every single song. The engaging musical arrangements are among the many attractions to savor about this soothing and sincere vertically-focused worship album.

"All Hail King Jesus" was one of my favorite songs of this past year. I had the great opportunity to interview Jeremy about "All Hail King Jesus."

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

This song started at our young adult service. I ran our young adult ministry called Tribe for a couple of years at Bethel. There was this line that would keep popping up in worship, "All Hail King Jesus," and it didn't have any other parts to it or a melody. The room would take that line and sing it until it became a powerful moment, and as a songwriter I knew there was a song there. 

When it came down to writing the song for the album, I was hungry for a song directly about Jesus. Worship songs are all about Jesus, and He is the focus of our praise. Sometimes it is hard to find songs that are just about who He is and what He has done and are focused on Him in their adoration. I think it is because that type of song requires a lot of discipline to write. Songs of response come easier. Telling the story of Jesus is a different kind of journey. 

This song ultimately ended up being a group affair, bringing it home. I remember taking it to my friend, and he provided some of the missing melodic pieces. We wrote the supporting narrative for "All Hail King Jesus" and what leads us to that line in the song, having it be this explosion of praise. Ultimately, it ended up being the story of the Gospel.

Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Philippians 2:9-11 (VOICE): "So God raised Him up to the highest place and gave Him the name above all. So when His name is called, every knee will bow, in heaven, on earth, and below. And every tongue will confess "Jesus, the Anointed One, is Lord," to the glory of God our Father!"

Romans 8:31 (NKJV): What then shall we say to these things? "If God is for us, who can be against us?"

1 Corinthians 15:21 (NKJV): "For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead."

2nd Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV): "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

What is the takeaway message?

The song is telling the story of the Gospel, all the way to Jesus laying down His life and then His resurrection from death and His rising again, the full story and the initiation of our faith in Him. The song moves to when "every knee will bow and every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord." 

I remember thinking when we wrote "For the earth began to shake and the veil was torn, what sacrifice was made as the heavens roared," that maybe that was too celebratory for the moment Jesus died. I think about Heaven's perspective in that moment and Earth's perspective and the difference. Jesus said "It is finished," and it looked like failure on Earth, and nobody understood that Jesus fulfilled His mission. 

When I think about my own life and the journey of faithfulness that I want to walk, I find great comfort in thinking about whether or not our journey looks incredibly successful on this side of Heaven, there's an eternal narrative happening. All of Heaven knew Jesus had accomplished His purpose for us. Then we get to join in and sing, All Hail King Jesus! In every situation and setting I've sung it, I've felt the power of this song.

Lyrics:
There was a moment when the lights went out
When death had claimed its victory
The King of love had given up His life
The darkest day in history

There on a cross they made for sinners
For every curse His blood atoned
One final breath and it was finished
But not the end we could have known

For the earth began to shake, and the veil was torn
What sacrifice was made, as the heavens roared

All hail, King Jesus
All hail the Lord of heaven and earth
All hail, King Jesus
All hail the Savior of the world

There was a moment when the sky lit up
A flash of light breaking through
When all was lost He crossed eternity
The King of life was on the move

For in a dark, cold tomb, where our Lord was laid
One miraculous breath, and we're forever changed

All hail, King Jesus
All hail the Lord of heaven and earth
All hail, King Jesus
All hail the Savior of the world
All hail, King Jesus
All hail the Lord of heaven and earth
All hail, King Jesus
All hail the Savior of the world

Let every knee, come bow before the King of kings
Let every tongue, confess that He is Lord
Lift up your shout, let us join with all of heaven
Singing ho-ho-ho-ho-holy
Singing ho-ho-ho-ho-holy
Crying out ho-ho-ho-ho-holy
Singing ho-ho-ho-ho-holy

All hail, King Jesus
All hail the Lord of heaven and earth
And all hail, King Jesus
All hail the Savior of the world


One thing I love about the sentiment of this song is that regardless of your denomination preferences, the words of this song are something we can all come together and say amen to. Part of Bethel Music's mission as a collective of musicians is to bring the Church together. I share in that desire as a fellow believer. In writing about songs for the Church for several years now, I've had the opportunity to speak with all types of artists with all types of backgrounds, and the common denominator is our love for Jesus and one another. These anointed worship leaders have consistently impressed me with their mature faith and sincere desire to serve Jesus. Worship is really about submission and to just be amazed and in awe of God. Worship is about giving God our best, offering all of ourselves to Him. In our fast-paced society, how often are we dedicating our whole heart to God? Do we offer up half-hearted prayers, or do we seek Him with all of our heart?

This song totally moves me in my personal worship time. This is an incredible song for the Church, and you'll be raising your heart and hands in worship along with it. Clearly some truths that we can rally behind as believers in Christ is that God is Our Father, He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins and He rose again and defeated death. We can all say Hallelujah and celebrate those truths together while singing along with this song. The enthusiasm and energy of this song is infectious and a great way to commit to King Jesus as we start this New Year.

The message of this song challenges listeners to think about our own doubts and how Jesus calls us to rely on Him and the power of His resurrection, to remember that He has overcome death and fear. That's cause to celebrate and gives Christians everywhere the faith to believe and tell the world: "All hail, King Jesus, all hail the Lord of heaven and earth, all hail King Jesus, all hail the Savior of the world." Like Jeremy's previous songs "This is Amazing Grace" and "Love Came Down," Jeremy has once again written a song that touches my heart and meets me where I am spiritually. I love singing out the lyrics: "Let every knee come bow before the King of kings, let every tongue confess that He is Lord." Amen to that!

Watch the lyric video below.
 

 

NRT Lead Contributor Kevin Davis is a longtime fan of Christian music, an avid music collector and credits the message of Christian music for leading him to Christ. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and three daughters.

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