Learning a New Song: “All My Boast Is in Jesus”

We previously recommended Matt Boswell and Matt Papa’s recently released third volume of hymns Our God Will Go Before Us with our last new song introduction. Another song from this album that stands out is “All My Boast Is in Jesus.” Bryan Fowler, the co-author who initiated the concept of this song, stated in an interview, “It’s easy to find things to boast in. Your identity is often in so many things besides Christ.” However, in this new tune, the Pauline idea of boasting in weakness is exemplified as is described in 2 Corinthians 12:1, 5b-10:

“I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelation of the Lord. …but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses – though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was give me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

The joyous, upbeat melodic structure of the tune is uplifting, displaying the true joy that comes from boasting in Christ and Christ alone. The music is strong as the posture of a boast would be, but the lyrics are humble, and humbling. Matt Boswell, another co-author, describes the song as a “reorientation of heart.” Again, Paul in Galatians 6:14 candidly declares:

“But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

One of our common Assurances of Pardon used at King’s Cross also comes from the pen of Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:27-31, words which reassure us as we prepare to sing this song, that even though the world may be confused, disgruntled, or appalled by us boasting in Christ, it is our great calling and privilege to do so. In our human foolishness, we are heavenly wise.

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “’Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.’”

“All my boast is in Jesus, all my hope is His love, and I will glory forever in what the cross has done!”

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Rachel A. DeWitt

King's Cross Music & Arts Ministry Director