As the chorus ‘I love you, Majesty’ suggests, this song is a primarily a declaration of praise and love.
The three verses give praise first to Jesus, then to the Spirit (our seal of unconditional love mentioned in 2 Corinthians 1-21) and finally to the unchanging Father.
The first two lines of the song: ‘Saviour, he who died for my sin, it is finished but we begin’ explain how the salvation of mankind was completed by Jesus on the cross (John 19-28: Jesus said, ‘It is finished’. Then he bowed his head and died).
However, for Jesus’s followers, this ‘end’ also marked a new beginning: the Great Commission commanding us to spread the gospel to all parts of the world.
As Jesus puts it in Matthew 28-19: ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you’.
This Bible verse also reflects the need for Christians not only to believe in Christ to be saved, but also to turn away (repent) from the world and obey God.
This command to repent is included in the lyric ‘you have opened up a reprieve, for those who repent and believe’, based on Mark 1-15: ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel’.
Perhaps the highlight of this song is the bridge, which celebrates Jesus’s sacrifice as the Lamb of God and subsequent triumph over the grave. It culminates in a heartfelt plea for Jesus to ‘reign in me’ and ‘come to life in my life’, as he does in all true believers.
The song finishes with a personal three-part pledge to God in the final three lines, effectively saying: I love you, I submit my life to you, and I will serve you.
Words and music copyright Jason Dowty 2017.