The Story Behind the Hymn | David Moody

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ALL HAIL, KING JESUS

In 1977, David Moody was giving piano lessons in Vancouver, British Columbia. His students came for their lessons after school was dismissed around 3:30, and on this particular day David had some free time before they were due to arrive.

“So,” he said, “I went downstairs and began to play and just worship the Lord.” He said that he wasn’t really trying to write a song; “I simply wanted to spend time in the presence of the Lord.”

Then, “quite suddenly, I began to develop a melody that was coming to me—something I had never played before. And just as quickly came some words that I began to sing.” “All Hail, King Jesus” is really a song about the second coming of Christ.

David Moody said, “I could just imagine believers all over the world singing this song as Christ returned to earth.” Once the song was published, it didn’t take long before reports of Christians singing it in Israel, in Russia, in Hungary, and elsewhere were coming back.

Scriptures: Isaiah 7:14; Revelation 19:16; Revelation 22:16-17

Themes: Jesus Christ, Return of Christ, Worship

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