(photograph of Don Boring)
MIGHTY IS THE KING OF GLORY
“Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle” (Psalm 24:8)
INTRO.: A hymn which identifies Jesus Christ as the King of glory who is strong and mighty in battle is “Mighty Is the King of Glory.” The text was written and the tune was composed both by Don Bullock Boring, who was born on Dec. 19, 1934, in New Baden, TX, to Holland L. Boring Sr., a gospel preacher and hymn writer among the Churches of Christ, and his wife Gladys Boring. After graduating from Grand Prairie High School at Grand Prairie, TX, in 1952, he attended Abilene Christian University where he received the B.S. and M.Ed. degrees. While at Abilene, he was in the college band, studied music, and took voice under Dr. Leonard Burford. He had already learned to read music and had sung the lead in the family quartet.
Boring married Ann Yvette Shirley, and they had two children, DeAnne and Todd. From 1956 to 1957, he was coach and Bible teacher at Columbia Christian College in Portland, OR. Moving to Floresville, TX, in 1957, he was minister with the Church of Christ there and was responsible for the construction of the church building in Floresville. He was also a teacher and principal in the public schools for eleven years. In addition, he assisted his father in a number of singing schools and later taught many of his own. During the summers, he helped in camps for young people and taught in the Foundation School of Church Music. He first suggested the site for the Foundation School. “Mighty Is the King of Glory” was copyrighted in 1968.
Not only was Boring an excellent speaker as a minister, but he was also involved in a number of service organizations. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Floresville Lions Club in 1968 and the Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Floresville Independent School District. In 1968, the Borings moved to Basalt, CO, where Don established the church and helped them get a nice church building. In 1970, he was listed as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America, chosen for this honor by a Jaycee Chapter in Colorado. Also, he was a principal in the Basalt school system until his untimely death on Sept. 23, 1972, at the age of 37. His body was buried at the City Cemetery in Floresville, TX. “Mighty Is the King of Glory” was used in the 1978 Hymns of Praise compiled for the Firm Foundation Publishing House by Reuel Lemmons and the 1980 book Our Garden of Song edited by Gene C. Finley. It was also included in an undated book entitled Gleam of Glory edited and published by Boring’s father, Holland L. Boring Sr., and the 1999 Into Our Hands: Songs for the Church edited by Leland R. Fleming.
The song mentions three things that the Mighty King of glory does for us.
I. Stanza 1 states that He sets the captives free
Mighty is the King of glory,
How we love to tell the story,
He it was by His mighty word who made the land and sea;
Mighty is the Prince of heaven,
Mighty is His grace now given,
Came to earth, making known His mighty plan to set the captives free.
- This mighty King is the one who by His word made the land and sea: Jn. 1:1-2
- This same King is the one who brought God’s saving grace to mankind: Eph. 2:8-9
- And the same power by which He made the world can set the captive free: Jn. 8:32
II. Stanza 2 says that He is willing to forgive
Mighty is the Lord’s salvation,
Spread the news to every nation,
Constantly His great message herald, bidding man to live;
Mighty is the Christ of mercy,
He will hear the great and small,
Come repenting, in faith and hope obeying, He now will forgive.
- Jesus came to bring salvation to sinful mankind: Acts 13:26
- This salvation is the result of God’s mercy shown in Christ: Eph. 2:4
- And it is possible because the Lord is willing to forgive: Acts 26:18
III. Stanza 3 states that He leads us to eternal life
Mighty is our Captain, Jesus,
Lasting is the word He gives us,
March with Him through the mountain rugged, into regions fair;
Mighty is the hand that ruleth,
Through the day and darkest night,
Trusting souls who are led by His example, His pure life will share.
- Jesus is the Captain of our salvation: Heb. 2:10
- He guides us by His lasting word which He gave us: Matt. 24:35
- His goal is to lead us to share in His pure eternal life: Rev. 7:17
CONCL.: The chorus praises Jesus Christ as the mighty King of kings.
Mighty is the King of kings,
Mighty is the Prince of life;
Lift your voice in song,
Shun the way of strife.
Hears us when we plead,
Let Him have complete control;
Lay your all at the feet of Jesus bowing,
He will save your soul.
Because of all the good things that Christ does for us, such as setting us free from sin, providing continual access to forgiveness, and leading us to eternal life, we should extol Him, saying, “Mighty Is the King of Glory.”