What Other King

Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.
— Philippians 2:6-11 (NIV)

 

 

The scripture above lays a really great foundation for what the song What Other King is about.

I had the basic idea for this song for a long time, years even. I had already written the first two lines to the bridge, but that’s as far as I got. Songwriting can be so frustrating, and turning a song from just an idea, into something that people can sing, is no simple feat! Ideas are like seeds, sometimes we need to let them die and be buried in the ground, before they can come to fruition. Some songs come quickly, and others take time, and What Other King was one that I had to wait for.

So, I waited.

In June of last year, we took some of the songwriters on our team away on a retreat, to spend some focused time seeking God, and to start the writing process for our next album. I found myself teamed up with Aaron Welsh, another worship leader on our team and a great songwriter in his own right. We got stuck into what is now the verse and chorus of What Other King, our goal being to write a song that centered around the theme of Calvary. Something simple, Christ-focused; that unpackaged the finished work of the cross. After looping the chords and Aaron singing whatever came to his heart and mind, the chorus of the song made its way to the surface.

‘Worthy is the Lamb, worthy to be praised, high and lifted up, Jesus reigns.

It was simple, but it felt right.

So now we had our verse and chorus, but we knew the song needed a bridge. At this point, we’d taken a break and I found myself in the kitchen of the cottage where we were staying, my guitar slung over my shoulder and my laptop perched on the kitchen bench. And then, out of nowhere, I started singing the first two lines of the bridge that I had written years earlier. The idea re-surfaced, and within a few minutes the first and third sections of the bridge were done. We ended up adding the second section a few weeks later. The lyrics that I had buried and waited for, sprung up just at the right time, for the right song.

Today, when we play this song in church, there I so much anticipation to get to that bridge! I love hearing and watching the excitement of people when they sing the words “What other king…”.

 


Dan Korocz is the Music Director at C3 Church Oxford Falls in Sydney Australia. Having started as a worship leader in youth when he was 15, he now oversees 250 musicians and singers across all locations and services.

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