Here I am to Worship (Light of the world)

This is a ballad style contemporary-Christian-music style worship hymn.  It was inspired by the author's reading of Philippians 2.

The song was written in 1999 by British Anglican worship leader, singer, songwriter and later ordained priest Tim Hughes (b 1977).   It was the title track of one of his albums, and has been covered by many other Christian recording artists - to the extent that it is often incorrectly attributed to Michael W Smith, Hillsong et al.

It is set to an unnamed tune, also by Hughes. This has a 4/4 (common) time signature. In the key of E, the first few notes of the melody are G_ GA F_ FG A_ AG FE.   The verses follow the chord progression E / B / F♯m / A / E / B / A, the chorus follows the progression E / B / C♯m / A, and the bridge follows the progression B / E / A.


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Examples

Official lyric video:


Worship leader and congregation, with keyboard:


Lead singer and chorus with band, professional recording:


Singer with piano:


Virtual choir with brass band:


Gospel choir and band with lead singer - live event:


Swedish Gospel choir - with words on-screen:


Instrumental - guitar:


Instrumental - organ:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
1  Light of the world, you stepped down into darkness

Chorus:
And here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You're my God.
You're altogether lovely, altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me.

2  King of all days, oh, so highly exalted

*  I'll never know how much it cost, to see my sin upon that cross.

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Light of the world
You stepped down into darkness
Opened my eyes, let me see;
Beauty that made this heart adore You
Hope of a life spent with You.

Chorus:
And here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You're my God.
You're altogether lovely, altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me.

King of all days, oh, so highly exalted
Glorious in heaven above;
Humbly You came to the earth You created
All for love's sake became poor.

I'll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross.

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