Songs & Scripture: “Your Great Name” (Krissy Nordhoff, Michael Neale)

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This song won worship song of the year in 2012. Krissy Nordhoff was the writer of the verses and Michael Neale wrote the chorus and finished the song. Nordhoff states that she was inspired to write it after the death of a child in her home church, and was reading Psalm 136 and struck by the repetition of “His love endures forever.” Although that verse is not used directly in the song, the repetition of “at the sound of Your great name” drives home Jesus’ sovereignty and power. (You can read the full story behind the song here.)

The central Scripture for the song is very clearly found in Philippians 2:9-11:

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11, ESV)

Natalie Grant has also made this song famous recently, but I love Krissy Nordhoff’s voice and original version:

Your Great Name

Verse 1:
Lost are saved, find their way (Luke 19:10)
at the sound of Your great name (Philippians 2:9-11)
All condemned feel no shame (Romans 8:1)
at the sound of Your great name
Every fear has no place (Isaiah 41:10, Lamentations 3:55-571 John 4:18)
at the sound of Your great name
The enemy, he has to leave (Mark 16:17, Acts 16:18James 4:7)
at the sound of Your great name 

Chorus:
Jesus, worthy is the Lamb that was slain for us (Revelation 5:12)
Son of God and man, (Matthew 9:6, John 3:16, Mark 14:61-62, Acts 7:561 John 5:5)
You are high and lifted up (Isaiah 6:152:13, Philippians 2:9)
And all the world will praise Your great name (Psalm 115:1, Philippians 2:10-11)

Verse 2:
All the weak find their strength (Romans 8:262 Corinthians 12:9, Philippians 4:13)
at the sound of Your great name
Hungry souls receive grace (John 6:35Acts 2:38, Romans 5:15)
at the sound of Your great name
The fatherless find their place (Psalm 68:5, 2 Corinthians 6:18)
at the sound of Your great name
The sick are healed, the dead are raised (Matthew 9:3511:4-6, 19:2, Mark 1:23-34, Mark 1:40-41, Mark 2:5-12, Mark 5:21-43, Mark 7:32-37, Mark 8:23-25, Mark 10:52,  Acts 3:6, 3:164:10)
At the sound of Your great name

Bridge:
Redeemer, (Job 19:25, Galatians 3:13)
my Healer, (Psalm 103:3Psalm 147:3, 1 Peter 2:24)
Lord Almighty, (Revelation 1:8, 4:811:15-1719:621:22)
Defender, (1 John 2:1)
my Savior, (John 3:16-17Acts 4:12, 13:23, Titus 2:13)
You are my King (1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 15:3, 17:14)

Sing the name of Jesus
We worship the name of Jesus
We bow before Jesus (Philippians 2:10)
There is no other name but Jesus (Acts 4:12)

In a culture that has turned our Savior’s name into a curse word, I think we Christians in the west have often even shied away from saying the name “Jesus.” But I love this song because it reminds us that there is no higher name!

May the Lord Jesus bless you all!

With love,

Lauren

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