273. He Is King of Kings

Refrain:
He is King of kings;
he is Lord of lords,
Jesus Christ, the first and last,
no one works like him.
O he is King of kings;
he is Lord of lords,
Jesus Christ, the first and last,
no one works like him.

1 He built his throne up in the air;
no one works like him;
and called his saints from everywhere;
no one works like him.
O he is King of kings;
he is Lord of lords,
Jesus Christ, the first and last,
no one works like him. [Refrain]

2 He pitched his tents on Canaan ground;
no one works like him;
and broke oppressive kingdoms down;
no one works like him.
O he is King of kings;
he is Lord of lords,
Jesus Christ, the first and last,
no one works like him. [Refrain]

3 I know that my Redeemer lives;
no one works like him;
and by his love sweet blessing gives;
no one works like him.
O he is King of kings;
he is Lord of lords,
Jesus Christ, the first and last,
no one works like him. [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: He built his throne up in the air
Title: He Is King of Kings
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 8.5.8.5 with refrain
Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:15-16; Revelation 19:16
Topic: Jesus Christ: Ascension and Reign; Sovereignty of God
Source: African American spiritual
Language: English
Refrain First Line: He is King of kings
Tune Information
Name: HE IS KING
Arranger: Joseph T. Jones (1961)
Adapter: Melva Wilson Costen (1989)
Meter: 8.5.8.5 with refrain
Key: d minor or modal
Source: African American spiritual
Copyright: Adapt. © 1990 Melva Wilson Costen


Text Information:

This African American spiritual is a classic example of how praise of God rises out of human experience. The repeated response “no one works like him” shows confidence that the sovereign, liberating Christ abounds with the very attribute the singers need in order to survive.


Media
Audio recording: Audio (MP3)




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