This song, when first popularized in the 19th century came to be known as the “National Anthem of Christianity.”
In sum, it’s a song about the supremacy and kingship of Jesus Christ
I find E to be a great key to use for male vocal lead and A as a great female vocal lead range.
When leading this song, you can play it straight out of the hymnal or arrange for contemporary style. Recommend using a good driving beat between 120 and 130 beats per minute in common time. There is a lot of room for good driving rhythm guitar matched with a strings-centric keyboard and driving piano. Bass and Drums driving the whole thing home for the win.
Use in Worship
This is a tremendous driving Praise song. It lists the reasons why we should praise and who should praise. It can make for either a great opening song, especially if done with the full band or a second song moving into worship.
For transitioning help, it may be useful, as well, to sing the final verse a cappella. Just make sure whoever is leading has some prowess at waving their hands in such a way that music ministry team and congregation all sing at the same time.
Philippians 2 creates the case for not only the supremacy of Christ, but the fact that He did not create it for Himself, but rather earned it upon the merits bestowed upon Him by the Father. He entered the world in a lowly way and was raised up as King. God elevated His name as supreme because of His nature and that nature would rule in justice and love.
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. (Philippians 2:9-11 ESV)
All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ name! Let angels prostrate fall
Bring forth the royal diadem and crown Him Lord of all;
Bring forth the royal diadem and crown Him Lord of all!
Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race, Ye ransomed from the fall;
Hail Him who saves you by His grace and crown Him Lord of all;
Hail Him who saves you by His grace and crown Him Lord of all!
Let ev’ry kindred, ev’ry tribe, On this terrestrial ball;
To Him all majesty ascribe, and crown Him Lord of all;
To Him all majesty ascribe, and crown Him Lord of all!
O that with yonder sacred throng We at His feet may fall!
We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all;
We’ll join the everlasting song, and crown Him Lord of all!
- Kenneth W. Osbeck, “All Hail the Power,” 101 Hymn Stories: The Inspiring True Stories Behind 101 Favorite Hymns, (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2012) 23.