“Christ Jesus… being in the form of God… 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” (Philippians 2:5-9).
Existing in the form of God
Eternally without beginning,
Christ came to bear the judgment rod,
The consequence of all our sinning.
He set aside His reputation,
And took the form of One who served.
That He might purchase our salvation,
He bore the wrath that we deserved.
So found in fashion as a Man,
He humbled then Himself for us
To carry out salvation’s plan.
Is not His mercy marvelous?
He humbled then Himself in death,
The awful death upon the cross!
Should not this take away our breath
And burn away our pride as dross?
Exalted now in majesty,
Above all other names adored,
We ponder His humility,
And gladly we confess Him Lord!
O Lord, we bow before Your face,
Astonished at Your heart thus humbled
That stooped so far to give us grace
And lift us who in sin had stumbled.
Lord, be exalted evermore
As we recall and thus proclaim
The great humility You bore
To take away our sin and shame!