He Is Lord

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He is Lord, He is Lord!
He is risen from the dead and he is Lord!
Ev'ry knee shall bow, ev'ry tongue confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord.

Source: Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #304

Author: Steve Vest

Steve Vest. I wrote the lyrics and tune of "He is Lord" in the spring of 1969. I was very active among the Jesus People. My original song only has two verses. Too many verses take away from the flow of the melody. It was written like a slow-motion roller coaster ride. The first verse is similar to your text. It starts with "For He is Lord," instead of "He is Lord."The second verse is: You're My Lord, You're My Lord You have risen from the dead, and You're my Lord. With my knee, I will bow, and with my tongue, confess That Jesus, You're My Lord. I was the only composer of this song of 2 verses in 1969. I played it from Jacksonville, FL to Charleston, SC in numerous prayer meetings and revivals, and at the Cotton Bowl Explo '72… Go to person page >


Scripture References:
st. = Phil. 2: 10-11

One of numerous anonymous Scripture songs arising out of the charismatic movement during the 1960s and following, this popular song is drawn from the well-known confession of faith recorded in Philippians 2: 10-11. There Paul appears to be quoting from an early Christian hymn that was used as a profession of faith. The following are additional stanzas, also anonymous, printed in the British Methodist Hymns and Psalms and in The Worshiping Church (1990); these may be freely reprinted in church bulletins:

He is King, he is King!
He will draw all nations to him, he is King;
and the time shall be when the world shall sing
that Jesus Christ is King!

He is Love, he is Love!
He has shown us by his life that he is Love.
All his people sing with one voice of joy
that Jesus Christ is Love!

He is Life, he is Life!
He has died to set us free and he is Life;
and he calls us all to live evermore,
for Jesus Christ is Life!

These additional stanzas use phrases from John's gospels to extol Christ as the king who draws all nations to him (John 12:32), as the source and model of love (1 John 3:16), and as the surety for eternal life (1 John 5:11).

Liturgical Use:
As a sung profession of faith in many different times and places of worship; during the Easter season; Lord's Supper.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



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African American Heritage Hymnal #285

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African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #601

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #294


Baptist Hymnal 2008 #277


Celebrating Grace Hymnal #208


Chalice Hymnal #117

Church Family Worship #295

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #91


Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #443


Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #274

Complete Mission Praise #220


CPWI Hymnal #252

Hymns and Psalms #256

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Hymns for a Pilgrim People #79

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #S.7


Hymns of Faith #21

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Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise #443

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Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #304


Lift Up Your Hearts #227

Praise for the Lord (Expanded Edition) #858

Praise y Adoración #257a


Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #234

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #633

Rejoice Hymns #87


Renew! Songs and Hymns for Blended Worship #29

Santo, Santo, Santo #658

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Sing 'N' Praise Hymnal Vol. 2 #106


Sing Joyfully #103

Sing Praises #8


Sing! A New Creation #160

Singing the Faith #348


Small Church Music #1319


Songs for Life #178

Songs of Fellowship #165

Songs of Worship #2


Songs of Zion #233

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The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal #689

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The Book of Praise #252


The Celebration Hymnal #34

The Christian Life Hymnal #196

The Covenant Hymnal #310

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The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #29


The United Methodist Hymnal #177


The Worshiping Church #97

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This Far By Faith #95

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Total Praise #277


With Heart and Voice #156

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Worship and Rejoice #305

Worship His Majesty #187

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Yes, Lord! #107

生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #81

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