For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
This verse inspired the chorus of Twila Paris’s “No Confidence”:
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith
Isaac Watts’s “No More, My God, I Boast No More” is phrased as a response to this passage.
No more, my God, I boast no more Of all the duties I have done; I quit the hopes I held before, To trust the merits of thy Son.
Now, for the love I bear his name, What was my gain I count my loss; My former pride I call my shame, And nail my glory to his cross.
Yes, and I must and will esteem All things but loss for Jesus’ sake: O may my soul be found in him, And of his righteousness partake!
The best obedience of my hands Dares not appear before thy throne; But faith can answer thy demands By pleading what my Lord has done.
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
Graham Kendrick’s “Knowing You” was one of the most popular praise songs of the 1990s:
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
The second verse of The Cathedrals’ “The Man I Used To Be” is drawn from Philippians 3:13-14:
No Confidence (Philippians 3:3) (1999) Twila Paris | Popularized by Twila Paris YouTube | Amazon
No More My God I Boast No More (Philippians 3:7-9) (1709) Isaac Watts | Popularized by Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1707-09) Lyrics | Sheet Music
I Live to Know You (Philippians 3:7-10) (1996) Darlene Zschech | Popularized by Hillsong Worship Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon
Knowing You (Philippians 3:8-11) (1994) Graham Kendrick YouTube
That I Might Gain Christ (Philippians 3:8) (1998) Dave Fournier | Popularized by Sovereign Grace Music Lyrics | Sheet Music
I Want To Know You (Philippians 3:10) (2010) Popularized by Matt Papa YouTube | Amazon
Oh, I Want To Know You More (Philippians 3:10) (1996) Steve Fry | Popularized by Steve Green Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon
That I May Know You (Philippians 3:10) (2005) Don Francisco | Popularized by Don Francisco Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon
The Man I Used To Be (Philippians 3:13-14) Bill Flurry | Popularized by The Cathedrals Lyrics | YouTube
We’ll Be Faithful (Philippians 3:13-14) (1993) Don Harris, Martin Nystrom | Popularized by Integrity Music Lyrics | YouTube | Amazon
I Wanna Know You More (Philippians 3:13) Chaz Bosarge | Popularized by Booth Brothers Lyrics | YouTube
I’m Pressing Toward the Mark (Philippians 3:14) Ken Apple | Popularized by The Speers Amazon
Onward to the Goal (Philippians 3:14) (2016) Dianne Wilkinson, Rebecca Peck | Popularized by The Inspirations YouTube | Amazon