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King of My Heart

July 10, 2017

As a Creative Arts Minister, I oversee many of the aspects of weekly church life that come into contact with our people. Website maintenance, graphics design, social media updates, etc… However, one of my greatest joys in ministry comes during weekly rehearsals and worship experiences when I have the honor of leading people in song. There’s something extraordinarily beautiful about hearing God’s people raise their voices as one and give honor, praise, and glory to the Triune God. One of the songs that has been very powerful for our congregation as of late is “King of My Heart” by John Mark and Sarah McMillan. Based upon Psalm 136:1 and Psalm 100:5, this song uses wonderful imagery to paint a picture of God being the mighty refuge we run to, and the song eternally on our lips. He is God, and He is good to us, even in the worst of times. Sarah McMillan speaks of how the song was written below:

“This song is about the tension we often find ourselves in this life. At the time I wrote this song, I was processing the divorce of my parents and at the same time experiencing the overwhelming joy of having children of my own. Both experiences changed my identity so deeply. I wrote ‘King of My Heart’ to remind myself that there was no joy or sorrow that could dilute the pure goodness of who God was. Everything I thought I lost, could actually be found in the Force of His goodness.”


While I have experienced different highs and lows (sometimes simultaneously!) than she has, I can identify with Sarah’s thoughts on God’s goodness to us. In fact, the Psalms have more to say about God’s goodness.

Psalm 31:19 – How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world.

Psalm 34:8 – Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength; an ever present help in trouble. 


In my own personal worship time, this song has become an anthem that keeps me focused on why I serve the Lord no matter what happens around me. I serve Him because He has been so very good to me! The tallest mountain tops and deepest valleys experienced in life simply cannot compare to the goodness of God. He blesses me in the good times, and He holds me together in the bad. Because of His goodness and unfailing love for me, I choose to make Him the King of my heart. It is my hope that this song blesses you as well!


King of My Heart

Verse 1

Let the King of my heart be the mountain where I run, the fountain I drink from, oh He is my song

Let the king of my heart be the shadow where I hide, the ransom for my life, oh He is my song


You are good, good, oh

Verse 2

Let the King of my heart be the wind inside my sails, the anchor in the waves, oh He is my song

Let the King of my heart be the fire inside my veins, the echo of my days, oh He is my song



You’re never gonna let, never gonna let me down


When the night is holding onto me, God is holding on


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