we worship a king

A hymn written for the upcoming Reign of Christ Sunday (or Christ the King Sunday) on which the triumphant theme of the day is juxtaposed with Scripture about the crucifixion of Jesus.

While we have a number of hymns about God/Christ as King, and some (though fewer) of the suffering servant, we are sorely lacking in lyrics that combine the two images into the affirmation that the one glorified is precisely the one crucified. The meter is 10.10.11.11. and can be sung to LYONS, the tune to which the hymn “O Worship the King” is sung.

We worship a king enthroned on a cross,
his crown made of thorns, his victory of loss—
all powerful, broken, and then remade whole,
a crucified monarch who lived God’s own soul.

It’s foolish to say, insane to believe.
Our faith makes us seem incredibly naive.
For losers don’t win, and the last won’t be first.
It’s simply a wish in faith language rehearsed.

Divine and yet man, a servant who’s Lord,
and even the dead will yet be reborn.
Inverted expecting transforming our all,
and wonder returns in the depths of God’s call.

The blessing of God for all who have breath—
the life that is true unconquered by death—
the riches that poverty cannot deny—
the juxtapositions that truth do imply.

We worship a king enthroned on a cross,
his crown made of thorns, his victory of loss—
all powerful, broken, and then remade whole,
a crucified monarch who lived God’s own soul.

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