In the darkness we were waiting
Without hope without light
Till from heaven You came running
There was mercy in Your eyes
To fulfil the law and prophets
To a virgin came the Word
From a throne of endless glory
To a cradle in the dirt
Praise the Father
Praise the Son
Praise the Spirit three in one
God of glory
Praise forever to the King of Kings
To reveal the kingdom coming
And to reconcile the lost
To redeem the whole creation
You did not despise the cross
For even in Your suffering
You saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation
Jesus for our sake You died
And the morning that You rose
All of heaven held its breath
Till that stone was moved for good
For the Lamb had conquered death
And the dead rose from their tombs
And the angels stood in awe
For the souls of all who’d come
To the Father are restored
And the Church of Christ was born
Then the Spirit lit the flame
Now this gospel truth of old
Shall not kneel shall not faint
By His blood and in His Name
In His freedom I am free
For the love of Jesus Christ
Who has resurrected me
Official Music Video for "King of Kings / Angels We Have Heard on High" featuring Naomi Raine, Kim Walker-Smith & Mav City Gospel Choir.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
We were made to bring You Glory
Watch the acoustic performance, hear the story behind the song 4:16, and learn how to play "King Of Kings" by Hillsong Worship 9:23.
Hillsong Worship in 2019 dropped another single entitled "King of Kings."
Interview with Brooke Ligertwood about "King of Kings."
"King of Kings" is an attempt to summarize the story of the Gospel and the church. This song is firmly rooted in scripture and packed full of theology. Theology releases praise. We hope and we pray that the song articulates the heart of the Gospel and the story of the church, starting with the birth of Jesus and through Pentecost essentially and then placing ourselves within that story, with the birth of the Church and our salvation stories.
Hopefully, it becomes a song that we can sing every week, as a reminder of who we are in our origins and also our future. It's leaning towards liturgy in a way with a devotional angle where people can find themselves in the journey of the song and give praise to God. When we believe correctly about God, when we understand and get a greater revelation of who God is and what He's done, we can't help but respond in worship.
Throughout all of the sections of "King of Kings," many Scriptures align with the lyrics. I love singing the lyric, "And the Church of Christ was born/Then the Spirit lit the flame." It captures, for me, that this is current and a fire that still burns today.
We have the responsibility to pass the torch on to the next generation to be part of God's community of torchbearers. The very next line in the song, "Now this gospel truth of old/ shall not kneel, shall not faint," when we were writing that, we were thinking about how we are living in a time where we are existing within a context when the truth can be so confused and diluted.
I love the declaration that the Gospel is not swayed or diluted by any new philosophy that comes along. In the culture we are living in now, to remind ourselves that the Gospel does not grow tired or weary or less relevant is a cool thing to remind ourselves of. When we worship from the remembrance of what God has done in our lives and standing on that rock, and singing out a new song, there's power in that. I would encourage anyone who leads or sings this song to remember what Jesus has done for you personally and sing from that place and remember that He is not finished with us yet.
The Gospel is a new reality that requires a new response. It should never be treated or viewed as a relic, no matter how reverently one might err in that direction. With origins before time and echoes beyond it, it stands at the intersection of eternity and our everyday present and beckons, urges, demands us to look. Look at Christ, the Son of God, bloodied for your sin and the sin of all humanity, repent and believe and take your place in the story of all stories, the story of the King of Kings.
Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfil.
(Now this man obtained a field with the reward of his iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
whom God raised up, having loosed the pangs of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread and the prayers.
And in none other is there salvation: for neither is there any other name under heaven, that is given among men, wherein we must be saved.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
For therein is revealed a righteousness of God from faith unto faith: as it is written, But the righteous shall live by faith.
who his own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.
But he that was healed knew not who it was; for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in the place.
But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, `even' to them that believe on his name:
looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of `our' faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and `such' we are. For this cause the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.