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) (1988)
John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

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

Every Knee Will Bend (Philippians 2:5-11) (2007)
John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot
YouTube | Amazon

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

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

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

Who But God (Philippians 2:6-8) (1997)
Popularized by Wes King
YouTube | Amazon

Bright King of Glory, dreadful God! (Philippians 2:6-11) (1709)
Isaac Watts | Popularized by Hymns and Spir­it­u­al Songs (1707-09)
Lyrics | Sheet Music

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

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

Name Above All Names (Philippians 2:7-9) (2011)
Pat Sczebel, Joel Sczebel | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube | Amazon

Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:7-11) (2011)
Popularized by Matt Papa
YouTube | Amazon

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

The Name Above All Names (Philippians 2:9-11) (2009)
Judah Groveman | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube | Amazon

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

No Other Name (Philippians 2:9) (1988)
Robert Gay | Popularized by Integrity Music
YouTube | Amazon

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

Ancient of Days (Philippians 2:10-11) (1992)
Gary Sadler, Jamie Harvill | Popularized by Integrity Music
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

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

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

Kings Shall Bow (Philippians 2:10-11) (1994)
Gary Driskell, Marty Hennis, David Hanvelt | Popularized by Steve Green
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

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

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

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

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

Every Knee Has Got To Bow (Philippians 2:10) (2012)
Popularized by Fairfield Four
YouTube | Amazon

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

Every Knee Shall Bow (Philippians 2:10) (1991)
Twila Paris | Popularized by Twila Paris
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Every Knee Shall Bow (Philippians 2:10) (1991)
Twila Paris | Popularized by Twila Paris
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Every Knee Will Bend (Philippians 2:10) (2007)
John Michael Talbot | Popularized by John Michael Talbot
YouTube | Amazon

Every Knee Will Bow (Philippians 2:10) (2010)
Popularized by Matt Papa
YouTube | Amazon

Jesus is Lord of All (Philippians 2:10) (1996)
Babbie Mason, Kenny Mann | Popularized by Babbie Mason
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:11) (2003)
Keith Getty, Stuart Townend | Popularized by Stuart Townend
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube | Amazon

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

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

Other References

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

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

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

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

Fullness of Grace (Philippians 2:7) (2004)
Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend | Popularized by Keith and Kristyn Getty
Lyrics | Sheet Music | YouTube | Amazon

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

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

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

Jesus, Name Above All Names (Philippians 2:9) (1974)
Naida Hearn | Popularized by Scripture in Song
YouTube | Amazon

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

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

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

Come, Lord Jesus (Philippians 2:10) (2017)
Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Every Knee Shall Bow (Philippians 2:10) (1991)
Frank Garlock and Flora Jean Garlock | Popularized by Majesty Music
Sheet Music | Amazon

Hymn to His Coming (Philippians 2:10) (2012)
Popularized by Steve Green
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

Y’shua’s Name (Philippians 2:10) (2002)
Popularized by Liberated Wailing Wall
Lyrics | YouTube

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

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

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

Word of Life (Philippians 2:16) (2017)
Popularized by Jeremy Camp
YouTube | Amazon

Quotes

Philippians 2:1-11 (CSB) (Philippians 2:1-11) (2018)
Popularized by Matt Papa
YouTube | Amazon

Without Complaining (Philippians 2:14) (1991)
Frank Hernandez | Popularized by Steve Green and Hide ‘Em In Your Heart
Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon

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