The Lord is King – rehymn by Nathan Partain

Nathan Partain is the Chief Musician at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, IN.  Nathan has been a friend, colleague, encourager, fellow traveler, and excellent songwriter for many years now.  Nathan has also written one of my favorite hymn re-writes of all time which wraps up his excellent CD “The Parlor Sessions.”  Nathan’s version is very open and sparse.  In worship settings we tend to lead it with a driving acoustic.  I’ve used this song in every church I’ve led in…from Indiana to London and it has been a unique favorite in each context.

The Lord is King
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1 The Lord is King! Lift up your voice,
O earth, and all ye heav’ns, rejoice!
From world to world the joy shall ring,
“The Lord omnipotent is King!”

Sing His praise, sing His praise
Lord of lords, Ancient of Days
Sing His praise, sing His praise
All your days, all your days.

2 The Lord is King! Who then shall dare
Resist his will, distrust his care?
Or murmur at his wise decrees,
Or doubt his royal promises?

3 The Lord is King! Bow down you must,
The Judge of all the earth is just;
Holy and true are all his ways;
Let ev’ry creature sing his praise.

4. One Lord, one kingdom, all secures;
He reigns, and life and death are yours:
Through Heav’n and earth one song shall ring,
“The Lord omnipotent is King!”

Words: Josiah Conder, 1824; alt. by Nathan Partain, 2003
refrain: Nathan Partain, 2003
Music: Nathan Partain, 2003

*image – King David – Courtesy of the Digital Image Archive, Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory University.

4 thoughts on “The Lord is King – rehymn by Nathan Partain

  1. We do this song, too, and our congregation sings it heartily. It’s a great song! This is the first time I have seen that fourth verse.

  2. Saw your link to Nathan’s page on the City. Awesome re-write. I’m definitely going to add it to our set list. Thanks!

  3. Pingback: Planning for Christ the King Sunday 2016 | Cardiphonia

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