Crown Him With Many Crowns (1)
Every Friday in 2015 we consider a verse from our “Hymn of the Month.”
Crown Him with many crowns
The Lamb upon His throne
Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns
All music but its own
Awake my soul and sing
Of Him who died for thee
And hail Him as thy matchless King
Through all eternity
“…and on his head are many diadems” (Revelation 19:12). With these words the Apostle John tried to partially explain what he saw in his great vision of Jesus recorded for us in the final book of the Bible.
The hymn we will focus on this month is Crown Him With Many Crowns which is based off of that text in Revelation. This hymn was originally composed by a Roman Catholic laymen named Matthew Bridges in 1851. Concerned that Protestants were singing a Roman Catholic hymn, Anglican pastor Godfrey Thring added a number of verses around 30 years later. Of the six most common stanzas printed in today’s hymnals these men are each responsible for three.
We focus in on the first verse this week with the opening command to “Crown Him with many crowns; The Lamb upon His throne.” We are given a vision of the reigning Christ who is the conquering Lamb of God. We read elsewhere in Revelation of a Lamb who was “standing, as though it had been slain” (5:6). And of that Lamb multitudes declare, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (5:12).
That is the chorus that we sing of next with the words, “Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns; all music but its own.” There are many competing songs being sung today – songs of praise. They may praise romance, or perhaps money, still maybe fame. But the song that drowns out all other songs is the song of praise to the Lamb.
So it is only right that we join the heavenly chorus. “Awake my soul and sing; Of Him who died for thee; And hail Him as thy matchless King; Through all eternity.” It has rightly been said that the one thing we do now as Christians that we will be doing for all of eternity is sing praise. This is what we were made for: to bring glory to God. Why? Because he died for me, and he is now my matchless King. He will forever reign, and as one that has been redeemed, that is incredibly good news.