What kind of throne

By Joel Payne | Added 30th October 2007
Includes: Hi-Quality MP3, Choir Score, Piano Score, Backing Track
Includes: Hi-Quality MP3, Choir Score, Piano Score, Choir & Orchestra, Backing Track

I set out here to write a 'Christmas' themed song that sounded like the kind of worship songs we might normally sing. In so many of the songs we sing around Christmas we tell the story, declaring it to those around us; that's a great thing to do, but perhaps we're not so good at including that devotional sense of worship when we consider the infant Jesus. The chorus takes inspiration from the wise men who opened their treasures and bowed down to worship. It seemed to me that whether I considered Jesus as a baby, a man on a cross, or a King in heaven, my response should be the same - to open the treasure of my whole life and bow down before him.

What kind of throne is a manger of hay,
no majesty shown there, no dignity claimed,
for one who deserves to be
crowned and enthroned on our praise?
What kind of king is so modestly born,
when glory unmeasured is humble and small?
This is the hope of the world
and the true light of all.

So I'll bow down to worship the humblest of kings
and I'll bring him the best that I have;
I'll say that I love him, and that I am his,
and I'll give him the throne of my heart,
I'll give him the throne of my heart.

What kind of Saviour makes weakness his strength,
in frailty depending on those he would save,
and veiling the power
that always belonged to his name?
What kind of child causes heaven to sing,
with angels proclaiming the hope that he brings?
This is the glory of God,
this is Jesus, the King.

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Another time....another great, great christmas song.
Where do you get your inspiration?
I loved the song for the first time.
Please do it again and again and again.....
Greetings from Germany to you Joel :-))
Manuela Fries at 15:53 on 15th April 2014
Thank you for finding the backing track - Did the key change? I was playing guitar on capo 1 with a nice range for my 6-8th graders. My piano accompanist got strept throat, so I'm hoping they'll sing with this track, because it's a beautiful piece.
Linda Gamache at 03:23 on 15th December 2013
Fortunately it was found... in my loft.
Matt Seymour at 16:38 on 6th December 2013
Looking to do it as a solo in a Christmas play. An audio would be great if it gets found. Thanks
Stephen Cartledge at 22:13 on 13th November 2013
Stephen, sadly we no longer have the original files for this song with which to make the backing track. Though we are searching for them!
Joel Payne at 13:57 on 28th October 2013
Do you not do a backing track version of the mp3?
Stephen Cartledge at 21:00 on 27th October 2013
Hi, i've been trying to download what kind of throne but i can't find any download button. Can someone help me.
Maevis Napoleon at 11:35 on 21st October 2013
Lovely. I think I'm going to teach this to my praise team and have the congregation sing on the chorus. Really nice lyric.
David Eck at 23:07 on 31st July 2013
I'd love to use this song in a Christmas Cantata style of worship. Any chance that you will add the backing track? I use soloists to sing songs that fit the Christmas story. This song would be perfect after the reading of the shepherds or the wise men.
Don Ricketts at 04:56 on 10th July 2013
Did this last Sunday - a bit unseasonal, but great for Romans 12:1-2! Thanks.
David Heath-Whyte at 14:12 on 22nd May 2013
Any chance of a backing track?
Mary Smail at 23:33 on 29th December 2012
To David van Oudtshoorn - download and install audacity. It is free.
Dan Todd at 14:15 on 16th December 2012
Is there any way of changing the key?
David van Oudtshoorn at 22:55 on 13th December 2012
We have translated this song into Bosnian and will be performing it at our church's Christmas concert in Sarajevo. Thank you!
Julia Kragulj at 12:22 on 14th November 2012
The songs you have and are making available has tremendous effects on my kids, as the very hour the songs were presented to them, they just started doing the hamming-sing-along thing phase and then sing with the backing music only part. May our Good and Gracious Lord inspire you more in your music ministry to fulfill His purpose in your lives. God bless. Biku
Biku Lande Wekere at 14:45 on 3rd October 2012
I love this song. It's beautiful in every way. The lyrics are fantastic - it's often difficult to get the balance of humility and sovereignty right in Christmas songs/carols - but this is just great. I love the music to this song as well, it has such a beautiful tune. The build up in the second half of the last verse gives such a wonderful sense of how special this child is and how all of heaven is singing at his coming - it fills me with wonder and awe every time I hear/sing it. Thank you for writing it!
Kate McNab at 10:10 on 15th December 2011
I cannot wait to share not only this song, but the concept behind it with the congregation I serve. The main point Joel makes about Jesus deserving our worship and praise, no matter what part of His life we are focused on, is truly one that is profound and appropriate at Christmas.
Sean Setlock at 18:52 on 13th December 2011
Every time someone has heard this for the first time in our music group they have commented what a beautiful song it is - from those who really like modern worship, to those who prefer the old hyms - everyone thinks this is fantastic. Looking forward to using it this Christmas!
Stephen Gardner at 22:58 on 7th December 2011
Thank you so much for this beautiful and meaningful song! May the LORD inspire you continuously and you'll know His Heart and you'll express His Goodness to all of us!
Enloc Wu at 09:23 on 2nd December 2011
Unfortunately this one was recorded before we started doing backing tracks and we don't have the original files to extract it from. Hopefully we will get to doing one at some point, but it will have to wait for another year...
Joel Payne at 09:55 on 28th November 2011
Very lovely song and arrangement. Would you consider posting a backup track version?
Kevin Booth at 14:47 on 26th November 2011
Used as a base for an advent service, inspiring! Thank you.
Ellinor Pugh at 06:36 on 25th November 2011
Most beautiful - still my favourite
David van Oudtshoorn at 15:09 on 18th November 2011
A beautiful song, hope to use it at school this Christmas!
Suzanne Barton at 06:59 on 1st November 2011
Lovely!
Tine Buma at 09:23 on 23rd October 2011
One of the first songs we used from resoundworship.com - as a mother/daughter duet. Beautiful song, will look into it again as a congregational use.
Meghan Schoonover at 05:10 on 20th September 2011
Agree with Graham - can make all the difference in a Christmas themed service to have a personal response song that fits the theme
Simon Bray at 16:17 on 19th September 2011
I second what Ben says - we have used this in Sundays during advent and at other times during the year. I do love the focus on our personal response to the Christmas story, not just recounting a third person narrative about the incarnation and events surrounding it.
Graham King at 22:59 on 18th September 2011
Another Christmas gem from Resound! The lyrics and music just brought a fresh vibe to the services in which we used it. The truth is, I wouldn't contain this song to just being used at Christmas; it fits a theological gap in our 'everyday' worship songs too!
Ben Atkins at 11:54 on 2nd September 2011
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