One of the reasons we sing worship music is to proclaim truths about God and to proclaim His truth, THE truth, over us. I love songs like King of kings because of their depth and the beautiful way the truth is conveyed through the song. Brooke and I have, on more than one occasion, commented on how King of kings is a very wordy song. This isn’t a bad thing, since the words have purpose and aren’t there simply to fill space. But sometimes, only a few words are needed. Sometimes, repeating the simple truth is just as powerful. With that in mind, let’s dive into King of my Heart.
The verses of this song read like a surrendering of self and our own will to the will of God.
“Let the King of my heart be the mountain where I run, the fountain I drink from, oh, He is my song”
God is on the throne and Jesus sits at His right hand. We know Jesus to be King, but of what? For those that truly believe the word of God, we believe He is King over all. In this part of the verse, we admit that Jesus is the King of our hearts. The mountains represent the high places in life where we encounter God (see Exodus 19&20). Jesus is the fountain we drink from, our source of living water. “Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, “From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.”’” (John 7:37-38, NASB). Also see John 4, when Jesus encounters the woman at the well: “Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give Me a drink”, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.’” (John 4:10, NASB). Jesus is the living water, which is our source of life.
“Let the King of my heart be the shadow where I hide, the ransom for my life, oh, He is my song”
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty…He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.” (Psalm 91:1, 4, NASB). Hiding in the shadow of the Lord means that we are under His protection and in His presence. Like a bird, covering its child with its wings, the Lord covers and protects us. Jesus is also the ransom for our lives. I was led to look up the definition for the word “ransom”, and I was blown away with the definition provided. It is defined as “the redemption of a prisoner, slave, or kidnapped person, of captured good, etc., for a price.” We were prisoners and slaves to sin, and Jesus paid the price for us to redeem us and give us the opportunity to choose eternal life with Him. Praise God!
“You are good, good, oh”
One of my favorite worship leaders, Sean Curran, sings the chorus and bridge of this song as a tag for one of his songs on a live album. While the congregation is singing this line in the chorus, Sean declares “If there’s one thing I know!” We KNOW that God is good. He is the source of perfect goodness in the universe and He shows us this throughout scripture and throughout each of our lives. I used to not like songs that had repetitive parts to them. A few years ago, I would have looked at this song and thought, “Why do they repeat this so much? Why couldn’t they say it once and then say more things about how or why He is good?” But as I’ve gotten older, and hopefully more mature, I’ve realized that maybe we NEED to repeat it. Maybe we repeat that He is good because it is true. Maybe we repeat that He is good because He deserves our adoration and praise. Maybe we repeat that He is good because the enemy will often say to us, “Is He really good?” (Spoiler alert: He is) It is vital for us to know that God is good. “For this reason we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.” (Hebrews 2:1, NASB) He IS good. Praise God.
“And let the King of my heart be the wind inside my sails, the anchor in the waves, oh, He is my song”
This verse is a continuation of the previous verses. It is still about surrender. The author uses the imagery of a ship to illustrate some points. We ask God to be the wind inside our sails. This is our source of power, and what moves us. We will be moved by winds, but we must choose whether to be moved by the world or by God. Jesus is also our anchor. He holds us steady when the storms of life rage around us. At this verse, I am reminded of the parable of the two foundations in Matthew 7. Jesus says this at the end of the sermon on the mount: “‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.’” (Matthew 7:24-27, NASB) Christ is solid and unchanging. Cling to Him always, and you will have peace in the storm.
“Let the King of my heart be the fire inside my veins, the echo of my days, oh, He is my song”
Fire, oftentimes, represents cleansing. In metalworking, a fire or forge is used to heat metal to allow the crafter to work impurities out of the metal. After a wildfire, the land is often able to start anew, growing new vegetation in the aftermath of the blaze. Fire was used by Old Testament believers in many of their sacrifices (burnt offerings; see Genesis 8:20, Exodus 20:24, Deuteronomy 33:10, etc. for references to burnt offerings). If fire is cleansing and sacrificial, allowing for rebirth from the old to new life, the fire coursing through our veins would be a cleansing fire circulating through our whole self. We, as followers of Christ, are called to be made new in Christ (Colossians 3).
“You’re never gonna let, You’re never gonna let me down”
The bridge of the song, much like the chorus, is so simple, yet so powerful in the truth it tells us. We see several times throughout scripture that God is faithful:
- “For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting and His faithfulness to all generations.” (Psalm 100:5, NASB)
- “God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:9, NASB)
- “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9, NASB)
- “And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.” (Revelation 19:11, NASB)
We repeat this line in the bridge for the same reasons as mentioned above in the chorus of the song. We repeat it because it is true. We repeat it because God deserves our adoration and praise. We repeat it because the enemy will come to us and say, “God lets you down all the time! You don’t really believe this, do you?” This isn’t true, and is a disgusting lie from the enemy. Learn to spot it so when it happens in your life, you can come against it with the word of God.
It’s important to know what this part of the song is actually talking about. It’s not saying that any time you want something, God will grant it to you like some cosmic genie. If God was weak enough that He could be commanded to follow our every desire, He would be god with a small g. What this IS saying is that God will never let us down. He will not leave us or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6) He will not call us to anything that we can’t handle with His strength. He will often call us to things that we can’t do in our own strength and power, but praise God for giving us what we need in the moments we need it.
Challenge: Take some time, listen to this song, and pray to God. Ask Him what areas you need to allow Him to be the King of. He won’t force His way into your life, but, out of perfect love, waits for you to invite Him in. Take some time to thank and praise God, for He is good. Take some time to thank and praise God for not letting you down. Remember these things always. God is good and God is faithful. Amen.