BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS
#1004 - "King Of Glory" by Passion
In his ongoing exclusive series for NewReleaseToday, Kevin Davis speaks with Kristian, Brett and Melodie of Passion about their latest single, "King Of Glory."
 


BEHIND THE SONG WITH KEVIN DAVIS, #1004 -
Posted: January 30, 2020 | By: KevinDavis_NRT
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Passion's songs have consistently been some of the most popular in all of worship music, with many of their songs being sung by millions in churches all across the country. Some of their recent staples include "10,000 Reasons," "Lord, I Need You," "Even So Come," "Glorious Day," and "Build My Life."

The live releases drawn from each year's conferences have been highly anticipated since the first edition in 1998. Their worship songs have been a constant companion for me personally on my faith journey, and I've had the privilege to speak with many Passion artists over the past 11 years of writing these devotionals, including "You Found Me," "Lift Your Head Weary Sinner," "Remember," "Whole Heart," "God, You're So Good," and "Follow You Anywhere."

"King of Glory" marks the newest single release from Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill, Brett Younker, and Melodie Malone. Like their prior anthems, the song lights a fire in Christians to know and proclaim what you stand for, no matter what the world tells you to do. God can do immeasurably more than anything and everything one can ask or even imagine, and this song is a true celebration of the great biblical truth of "Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us" from Ephesians 3:20. God wants us to boldly approach the throne of mercy and grace to receive and obtain what we need from Him. I had the chance to speak with Kristian, Brett and Melodie in-person before Winter Jam in Reading, Pennsylvania about "King of Glory."

 

Please tell me the personal story behind this song.

Kristian: Brett and I worked on this song with a few people, including Matt Maher, Hank Bentley, and Jason Ingram. As this song started taking shape, we were at our church writing songs for the Passion 2020 conference, and as we started working on the song a lot of the lyrics came right out of Psalm 24, aiming people's view at the greatness of God, who He is, and why is set apart. The King of glory line comes right out of that passage. The song is meant to do what Psalm 24 does, lift your eyes up to see that God is who He said He is. God is all-powerful and He is strong on our behalf. I think that is something that we all need to be reminded of every day.
 
In thinking about Passion conference and leading these thousands of college students to "lift your eyes" and remember that He is our King. He is over everything. That's the truth of the song. It went on an interesting journey as a song. It started out as a mid-tempo worship anthem and we were having one of those moments where nobody was enjoying the process. It was sounding sleepy and we asked ourselves if we were having fun. One of the producers had the idea to speed up the song and it takes on a more joyful vibe now. It's so good to have songs like that. It infuses the room with hopeful worship and joy.
 
Brett: The chorus was the first part of the song that we wrote. We knew we loved that chorus. Jason Ingram asked us why we would need to say those words that there is a King of glory. The verses and the bridge took on more of a Psalm of Ascent feel saying, "don't lose heart, oh my soul." In life and when you are coming into worship you need to acclimate yourself from what is going on, there is a King of glory, One who is strong and mighty. That's what the song proclaims, reminding us as a community that He is our King and nations bow at just one name.

 
Which Bible verses connect to the message of the song?

Psalm 24:8-9 (NKJV): "Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in."

Psalm 121 (NKJV): "I will lift up my eyes to the hills--From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore."

Psalm 145:10-12 (VOICE): "All creation will stand in awe of You, O Eternal One. Thanks will pour from the mouths of every one of Your creatures; Your holy people will bless You. They will not be silent; they will talk of the grandeur of Your kingdom and celebrate the wonder of Your power. Until everyone on earth who has ears to hear knows Your valiant acts and the splendor of Your kingdom."

Psalm 91:2 (NKJV): "I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."

John 1:12 (NIV): "Yet to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God."
 
Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV): "Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."
 
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV): "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."
 
What is the takeaway message?

Melodie: For us, worship and justice are two sides of the same coin. When you see Jesus, that propels you to love people. That's who He was. You receive Him, and you didn't receive just for the sake of receiving, you receive to give and help others see. That's what this song does. It's a praise song and praise songs are the anthems of people who have seen who Jesus is. I think once that gets into our bones that's what flows out of the church.
 
Kristian: We've recorded two songs from the conference, this song and "There's Nothing That Our God Can't Do." What we've learned is rather than overload our setlist with a lot of new songs at each conference you could end up sacrificing being in the moment and seeing what God is doing at that moment.
 
Lyrics:
Oh, don't lose heart oh my soul
Oh my soul
Don't give up there is hope
There is always hope
 
And there is peace in the storm
In the storm
No, don't forget He is Lord
He is Lord of all
 
There is a King of glory
There is a God who saves
One who is strong and mighty
Freedom is in His Name
Open the gates of heaven
Lift up a shout of praise
There is a Lion roaring
Jesus the King of glory
 
So lift your eyes stand in awe
Stand in awe
There is One
Only One where my help comes from
 
There is a King of glory
There is a God who saves
One who is strong and mighty
Freedom is in His Name
Open the gates of heaven
Lift up a shout of praise
There is a Lion roaring
Jesus the King of glory
 
Nations bow
Mountains shake
At the sound
Of just one Name
Over all
Jesus reigns
I know, I know
 
Nations bow
Mountains shake
At the sound
Of just one Name
Over all
Jesus reigns
I know
 
Who is the King of glory
It's the Lord strong and mighty
The Lord mighty in battle
This is our King
This is the King of glory
Come on sing to Him
Sing to Him
 
There is a King of glory
There is a God who saves
One who is strong and mighty
Freedom is in His Name
Open the gates of heaven
Lift up a shout of praise
There is a Lion roaring
Jesus the King of glory
 
There is a Lion roaring
Jesus the King of glory

 
Closing Thoughts
 
This song is a faith statement. Righteousness was accredited to Abraham for his faith. We need to have the faith that the Bible describes in Hebrews 11:1 (NIV): "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see." When you sing along with this great song, think of Jesus saying, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Have faith, don't be afraid and know that with Jesus, you will never be alone. 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.
 
Not only should we love God because He first loved us, but we should also love others unconditionally. Because, while we are still sinners, Christ died for us. That's a wonderful testimony to the truth of God's Word, which consistently tells us to not be afraid to be bold and to not be ashamed of the Gospel. I can't get enough of the Biblical truth of the song and I love it when artists take Gods' Word from the Bible and turn it into a great and catchy song filled with truth. I sing this song to God with all my heart and know that He is my strength and my song! The timeless passage, Psalm 24, has an application for us today as we live in uncertain times. Know that God is your refuge and your help comes from the Lord. As the song proclaims, "Lift up a shout of praise!"
 
Be captivated by the reverence of standing in awe of God. You'll be raising your heart and hands in worship along with this great new song. We can't earn grace, and we can't do anything to gain life other than accepting Jesus. What if we lived as though we believed the sincere words of this song? Jesus loves us so much that He came down and took our punishment so that we can be with Him forever. We can call out our King of glory and He will keep us safe. This is a truth for believers to cling to. We're not supposed to just hope it is true or turn to the Lord as only our last resort, but daily be washed by the truth of the Word of God. If we learn to build our lives on Scripture, we would all have a Rock as our foundation as we navigate our lives. This song is an offer of true release that we can sing with all our hearts to God: "So lift your eyes, stand in awe, stand in awe, there is One, Only One where my help comes from." Amen to that.

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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