13 Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
We will sing and praise your power.
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.
The point of worship is to exalt, or raise high, our God above ourselves. When we resize ourselves before a Holy God then we can really bring everything that we really have to the Lord and say, “Lord, You can handle this.” Exalted Over All is a song of true praise and worship.
The verses bring us straight through Philippians 2:5-11. From Heaven’s throne Christ came to us, from Heaven’s throne Christ humbled himself and took the form of the very creatures He created and once saw were good. Though Christ became fully human, He never ceased to be fully God. Though Christ was fully God, He never took advantage of it divinity, but used His divinity to defeat sin, defeat death, and bring His believers back into a right relationship with His Father. Because of Christ’s obedience, God exalted Him above every name, above every throne. Jesus is the true Messiah and the only One that saves. One day all will see and know that Jesus is LORD.
Philippians 2:9-11 and the chorus show a picture of the second coming of Christ; they show a picture of the name of Jesus compelling every single person to worship Him as Lord and give glory to God the Father. Jesus is the One above all we know, above all we experience, above all our hurts and pains, triumphs and victories, loss and heartache, successes and joy.
Until the day Christ comes again we have a job to do – exalt our God above ourselves, above our possessions, above our relationships, above our marriages, above our jobs, above our children. It is not a simple task. It is not an easy job. But it is the most rewarding and satisfying job you will EVER do. And from now through eternity let us sing God’s praise and lift the name of Jesus over all.