Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The verses of this song drive home the power of the name of Jesus. Like Philippians says – God gave Jesus the name that is above EVERY name. There is great power in the name of Jesus and there should not be any hesitation to call upon His name in every circumstance (being lost, condemned, fearful, weak, hungry, fatherless, sick).
All of the suffering and pain that is experienced in this lifetime will one day be eliminated. However, from now until eternity God has gifted us (John 14:16-17) with the “Spirit [who] intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. (Romans 8:26)” At the name of God all will be made new. At His name all of heaven and earth will bow down and glorify the Father. The Father who sent the Son into our sinful reality in order that all of creation would be brought back to Him.
How important is this chorus to declare now?
This is a truth that, when in heaven, we will declare day after day after day. For all of eternity we will be joining all of creation in singing, “worthy is the lamb who was slain to receive glory and honor and power forever and ever. (Revelation 5:12)” We must be comfortable declaring the worthiness of Jesus today if we are going to be doing so for all of eternity. He is high and lifted up (Philippians 2:9, Isaiah 6:1) and will be praised by all of creation, whether they want to or not (Philippians 2:10).
The bridge is simple, but shows the depth of Jesus’ name. There is no one name that can contain the entirety of who God is. Redeemer. Healer. Lord Almighty. Defender. Savior. King. All are acceptable, yet all fall short of God’s fullness. For every situation and trial, Jesus has a title to comfort you. Provider. Sustainer. The list can go on and on and we will never get to the depths of God’s character.
Now think about this God being
and WITH YOU
fully and constantly.
This is why we sing.
In a culture that has turned our Savior’s name into a curse word, I think we Christians in the west have often even shied away from saying the name “Jesus.” But I love this song because it reminds us that there is no higher name!