For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
This verse inspired the chorus of Twila Paris’s “No Confidence”:
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith
Isaac Watts’s “No More, My God, I Boast No More” is phrased as a response to this passage.
No more, my God, I boast no more
Of all the duties I have done;
I quit the hopes I held before,
To trust the merits of thy Son.
Now, for the love I bear his name,
What was my gain I count my loss;
My former pride I call my shame,
And nail my glory to his cross.
Yes, and I must and will esteem
All things but loss for Jesus’ sake:
O may my soul be found in him,
And of his righteousness partake!
The best obedience of my hands
Dares not appear before thy throne;
But faith can answer thy demands
By pleading what my Lord has done.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Graham Kendrick’s “Knowing You” was one of the most popular praise songs of the 1990s:
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The second verse of The Cathedrals’ “The Man I Used To Be” is drawn from Philippians 3:13-14:
I’m Pressing Toward the Mark (Philippians 3:14)
Written by Ken Apple | Popularized by The Speers
Onward to the Goal (Philippians 3:14)
Written by Dianne Wilkinson, Rebecca Peck | Popularized by The Inspirations
Pressing Toward the Prize (Philippians 3:14)
Popularized by The McKameys
Saint Paul advises follow me (Philippians 3:17-21)
That’s What I’m Living For (Philippians 3:7-16)
Written by Leigh Sexton | Popularized by The McKameys
For the Cause of Christ (Philippians 3:7)
Written by Babbie Mason | Popularized by Babbie Mason
Press On, O Pilgrim, There is Joy Ahead (Philippians 3:14)
Written by Luther Presley, V.O. Fossett | Popularized by Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
Pressing On (Philippians 3:14)
Popularized by The Perrys