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The Servant King (From Heaven you came)

Until the advent of Shine Jesus Shine, The Servant King was Graham's most popular song and is still one of the top 10 songs in the CCL (Church Copyright Licence).

Written to reflect the theme for the 1984 Spring Harvest Bible teaching event, it illustrates Graham's willingness to research a theme using concordances, commentaries and other biblical reserach tools. He found the theme very inspiring:

'It was a challenge to explore the vision of Christ as the servant who would wash the disciples' feet but who was also the Creator of the universe.'

The song starts from an incarnational root - 'From heav'n you came, helpless babe' - and progresses to one of Graham's most poignant lines: 'Hands that flung stars into space to cruel nails surrendered'.

From heaven you came helpless babe
Entered our world, your glory veiled
Not to be served but to serve
And give Your life that we might live

This is our God, The Servant King
He calls us now to follow Him
To bring our lives as a daily offering
Of worship to The Servant King

There in the garden of tears
My heavy load he chose to bear
His heart with sorrow was torn
'Yet not My will but Yours,' He said

Come see His hands and His feet
The scars that speak of sacrifice
Hands that flung stars into space
To cruel nails surrendered

So let us learn how to serve
And in our lives enthrone Him
Each other's needs to prefer
For it is Christ we're serving

(Extra section added 2013)
We bring our lives to you
A sacrifice for you
In view of love so true
We are changed, renewed

Graham Kendrick
Copyright © 1983 Thankyou Music
Extra section by Rend Collective Experiment

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