Crown Him With Many Crowns (4)
Every Friday in 2015 we consider a verse from our “Hymn of the Month.”
Crown Him the Lord of years
The Potentate of time
Creator of the rolling spheres
All hail Redeemer hail
For Thou hast died for me
Thy praise shall never never fail
“How big is God?” a toddler innocently asks. How do you answer? You could point to his omnipresence and note that God is fully present in every corner of the universe. You could point to his omnipotence and note how powerful he is as the creator and sustainer of the universe. Or, among other things, you could just stretch out your hands and say, “Bigger than this!”
This week we turn to a final verse of Crown Him With Many Crowns where we try to capture a description of an utterly indescribable God. We open with the line, “Crown Him the Lord of years; The Potentate of time.” Jesus is not only the Lord of time, he is the creator of time. Genesis 1-2 records the six days of creation, and the seventh day of rest. God could have made it all in a flash, but instead by creating in time he actually created time itself. As the creator time, then, Jesus also can be called the “Lord of years.”
We pick up that theme of creation again with the words, “Creator of the rolling spheres.” We are encouraged to let our minds ponder the vastness of the universe and all that God has created. And the result of such pondering is to express in such poetic words, “Ineffably sublime.” Another way we could put that phrase is “Inexpressibly transcendent,” or “overwhelmingly beautiful.” Indeed, the English language fails to own words that adequately express our wonder and worship of God.
But as we have so often meditated upon in this hymn, we again are drawn to the cross. This God who owns time and is creator of all things also is our redeemer. “All hail Redeemer hail; For Thou hast died for me.” How is it that this God that is so grand and so glorious that he defies explanation would even notice me? David put it this way: “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4).
And because of that great truth that he does care for us, “Thy praise shall never never fail; throughout eternity.” Indeed, his praises will never cease to be sung because his glories are inexhaustible. We will one day join the heavenly chorus singing, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!” (Revelation 4:8).