Philippians 2:5-11

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

When someone asks for an example of an expository song, it’s easy to turn to Watts, Newton, and Wesley. But if the request is for a modern-day example, this is one of the most natural songs to point to as an exemplar of expository songs:

Philippians 2:10-11

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Dozens of excellent songs are based on this passage. Here are two of the finest. First, an all-time great hymn:

Second, a forgotten Southern Gospel song from the early 1990s that’s even more relevant today:

Expository Songs

Philippians Canticle (Philippians 2:1-9)
Written by John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot
Lyrics | YouTube

Jesus, Lord, We Look to Thee (Philippians 2:2-4)
Written by Charles Wesley
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Every Knee Will Bend (Philippians 2:5-11)
Written by John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot
YouTube

We should possess the Saviour’s mind (Philippians 2:5-11)
Lyrics

May the Mind of Christ, My Savior (Philippians 2:5)
Written by Kate Wilkinson, Arthur Barham-Gould
Lyrics | Sheet Music

The Mind That Was in Christ (Equip Me For the War) (Philippians 2:5)
Written by Charles Wesley
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Who But God (Philippians 2:68)
Popularized by Wes King
YouTube

Bright King of Glory, dreadful God! (Philippians 2:6-11)
Written by Isaac Watts
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Carmen Christi (Philippians 2:6-11)
Written by Michael Card | Popularized by Michael Card
Lyrics | YouTube

Ye who the name of Jesus bear (Philippians 2:6-11)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Name Above All Names (Philippians 2:79)
Written by Pat Sczebel, Joel Sczebel | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name (Philippians 2:9-10)
Written by Edward Perronet, John Rippon
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

The Name Above All Names (Philippians 2:9-11)
Written by Judah Groveman | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

No Other Name (Philippians 2:9)
Written by Bill Smiley, Chris Christian, Gary McSpadden | Popularized by Gaither Vocal Band
Lyrics | YouTube

No Other Name (Philippians 2:9)
Written by Robert Gay | Popularized by Integrity Music
YouTube

No Other Name (Philippians 2:9)
Popularized by The Hoppers
Lyrics | YouTube

Ancient of Days (Philippians 2:10-11)
Written by Gary Sadler, Jamie Harvill | Popularized by Integrity Music
Lyrics | YouTube

At the Name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10-11)
Written by Caroline Noel, James Mountain
Lyrics | Sheet Music

At The Name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10-11)
Written by Cindy Berry
YouTube

Kings Shall Bow (Philippians 2:10-11)
Written by Gary Driskell, Marty Hennis, David Hanvelt | Popularized by Steve Green
Lyrics | YouTube

At the Name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10)
Written by Caroline Noel, James Mountain
Lyrics | Sheet Music

At The Name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10)
Written by Pamela Hall | Popularized by The Cathedrals
YouTube

Every Eye Shall See (Philippians 2:10)
Written by William Gaither, Gloria Gaither | Popularized by Bill Gaither Trio
YouTube

Every Eye Shall See (Philippians 2:10)
Written by William Gaither, Robert Farrell | Popularized by The Statesmen
YouTube

Every Knee Has Got To Bow (Philippians 2:10)
Popularized by Fairfield Four
YouTube

Every Knee Shall Bow (Philippians 2:10)
Written by David Staton | Popularized by Ivan Parker
YouTube

Every Knee Shall Bow (Philippians 2:10)
Written by Frank Garlock, Flora Jean Garlock | Popularized by Majesty Music

Every Knee Shall Bow (Philippians 2:10)
Written by Twila Paris | Popularized by Twila Paris
Lyrics | YouTube

Every Knee Shall Bow (Philippians 2:10)
Written by Twila Paris | Popularized by Twila Paris
Lyrics | YouTube

Every Knee Will Bend (Philippians 2:10)
Written by John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot
YouTube

Jesus is Lord of All (Philippians 2:10)
Written by Babbie Mason, Kenny Mann | Popularized by Babbie Mason
Lyrics | YouTube

Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:11)
Written by Keith Getty, Stuart Townend | Popularized by Stuart Townend
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

Heirs of unending life (Philippians 2:12-13)
Written by Benjamin Beddome, Henry Onderdonk
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Tis God the spirit leads (Philippians 2:12-13)
Written by Benjamin Beddome
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Other References

Take Thou Our Minds (Philippians 2:5)
Written by William H. Foulkes
Lyrics | Sheet Music

The Canaan of perfect love (Philippians 2:5)
Written by Charles Wesley
Lyrics | Sheet Music

He Is Lord (Philippians 2:6-11)
Lyrics

From East to West, from Shore to Shore (Philippians 2:7)
Written by John Ellerton, Coelius Sedulius
Lyrics | Sheet Music

Fullness of Grace (Philippians 2:7)
Written by Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend | Popularized by Keith and Kristyn Getty
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

Man of No Reputation (Philippians 2:7)
Popularized by Rich Mullins
Lyrics | YouTube

Jesus is the name we treasure (Philippians 2:9-10)
Written by John Mason Neale
Lyrics | Sheet Music

A Name Above Every Name (Philippians 2:9)
Popularized by Heaven Bound

Jesus, Name Above All Names (Philippians 2:9)
Written by Naida Hearn | Popularized by Scripture in Song
Lyrics | YouTube

More Than Just Another Name (Philippians 2:9)
Popularized by The Hoppers

Name Above All Names (Philippians 2:9)
Popularized by Henry and Hazel Slaughter
YouTube

There Is No Other Name (Philippians 2:9)
Written by Rebecca Peck, Steve Cheney | Popularized by The Crist Family
YouTube

Bow the Knee (Philippians 2:10)
Popularized by Kirk Talley
YouTube

Hymn to His Coming (Philippians 2:10)
Popularized by Steve Green
Lyrics | YouTube

Y’shua’s Name (Philippians 2:10)
Popularized by Liberated Wailing Wall
Lyrics | YouTube

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name (Philippians 2:11)
Written by Edward Perronet, John Rippon
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube

The Author of every perfect gift (Philippians 2:13)
Written by Charles Wesley
Lyrics | Sheet Music

I Can’t Complain (Philippians 2:14)
Written by Johnson | Popularized by Florida Boys
Amazon

Quotes

Without Complaining (Philippians 2:14)
Written by Frank Hernandez | Popularized by Steve Green and Hide ‘Em In Your Heart
Lyrics | YouTube

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