Last year in seminary, I was given the task of writing a hymn text to a well known tune. As a song writer, this assignment was enjoyable and challenging. The challenge came from the pressure of not “messing up” a hymn that has stood the test of time. The phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kept coming to mind, but the incentive of Christ being exalted, the idea of using the Christ honoring text with our congregation and a good grade, To the Glory of Our Father was written.
The passage used for the text is from Philippians 2:5-11:
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
TITLE: To the Glory of Our Father
TUNE: NETTLETON (Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing)
Even though You are the author and composer of earth’s song,
And Your matchless might and power over enemies are strong,
Even stars and host of heaven and the mountains prostrate fall,
You with equal power of heaven as a servant emptied all.
Servant of our Abba Father, plan of ages to unfold.
God with us, Redeemer, Savior, Lamb of God, the Word foretold.
Spotless model of obedience, humbly carried Your own cross.
Wrath of God upon Your shoulders, sin atoned once and for all.
Now exalted by our Father with a name above this world.
Every knee shall bow forever, every voice yield, “You are Lord!”
To the glory of our Father, plan of ages pleased for me.
Jesus Christ, Redeemer, Savior, with my cross I follow Thee.
These lyrics are public domain. May Christ be exalted. En Cristo Solo!