Brooke Ligertwood says the lyrics describe the Supremacy of Jesus above all other beings – including angels; even his name is above all other names.


Brooke Ligertwood and Ben Fielding composed “What a Beautiful Name” based on the text of Colossians1:18-24 and Philippians 2:9.  The song points out that recorded in Genesis, Exodus, and other early Biblical texts, when God wanted to communicate with His people, He spoke directly to them. Later, He began to pass His Word to His people through prophets and finally His Word came through the person of His Son, Jesus, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom the universe was made and held together.  After Jesus, through His crucifixion, had provided purification for our sins, He sat down at the right hand of His Father in heaven.  Jesus became as much superior to the angels as the name He inherited is superior to theirs.

Philippians 2:9 – God elevated His Son to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names,

Colossians 1:18-24 – Paul’s Description of the Supremacy of God’s Son                                                                         We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.

He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.