Song of the Month (February, 2020)

Earlier this month, we finished up a commission for a friend and wanted to share it with you all. It’s an epic text written by My Soul Among Lions’ teamster Jake Mentzel on the wonderful, paradoxical truths about Jesus Christ, the conquering King, who set out to do His work even while just a babe in a manger. Quite remarkable truths and a wonderful poem.

Enjoy!

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BEHOLD YOUR KING

VERSE 1
Behold your King in manger bed
While angels sing and demons dread
With newborn cries that pierce the night
The dark is pierced with ancient light

Behold your King, with His first breath
He mocks the proud and kisses death
While donkeys bray and powers scheme
He plots His course to reign supreme

Behold your King; He’s crowned with hay
The Word made flesh with feet of clay
The heavens bow; His star will blaze
Some will scorn and some will praise

VERSE 2
Behold your King; He’s crowned with thorns
The Word made curse, the curtain torn
He climbs the tree, He tastes the gall
He eats the fruit of Adam’s fall

Behold your King among the thieves
But for His shame there are no leaves
They pierced the hands that healed their hurts
Turned dust to dust and dirt to dirt

Behold your King as darkness spreads
As earth revolts, returns its dead
His lifeless clay rests in the tomb
All is black and all is gloom

Behold your King, He’s standing there
He draws in breath, He breathes the air
The righteous cry, the heavens ring
“Death is dead, long live the King”

CHORUS
Hallelujah! Let the heavens ring
For Jesus reigns over everything
The wicked mock, the righteous sing
Sin is dead. Behold your King

VERSE 3
Behold your King with arms for war
The once-slain lamb, the lion’s roar
He pours His wrath on death and sin
They cannot run they cannot win

Behold your King with iron rod
In robes of white all stained with blood
He comes to reign over sea and land
So bow your knee or take your stand

Behold your King whose sword is drawn
To slay that harlot Babylon
He comes for war and by His side
The risen saints, His glorious Bride

CHORUS
Hallelujah! Let the heavens ring
For Jesus reigns over everything
The wicked mock, the righteous sing
Sin is dead. Behold your King

Hallelujah! Let the heavens ring
For Jesus reigns over everything
The wicked mock, the righteous sing
Sin is dead. Behold your King
Sin is dead. Behold your King

LYRICS: Jake Mentzel
MUSIC: Philip Moyer


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Philip Moyer serves as pastor at Trinity Reformed Church in Bloomington, Indiana, where he leads worship, the choir ministry, and senior high youth group. He is also a member/songwriter of My Soul Among Lions.

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