Hymns: Crown Him with Many Crowns

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”” – Revelation 5:13

I may be fangirling slightly here.

“Crown Him the Lord of years,
The potentate of time
Creator of the rolling spheres,
Ineffably sublime”

This is poetry. With an awesome tune, an even more awesome descant, it’s a joy to sing and a joy to worship God with.

“All hail, Redeemer, hail,
For Thou hast died for me
Thy praise shall never, never fail
Through all eternity”

It a hymn that reminds us of just how great and awesome God is. How great a privilege it is to worship Him. It reminds us that Jesus died for us, and just how important that is. “For Thou hast died for me” – it’s all about that one act of perfect obedience and we are redeemed.

Crown Him with Many Crowns has some of the most wonderful language I think it’s possible for a hymn to have. It’s majestic, and evokes such a feeling of awe – “Creator of the rolling spheres”. God created everything. From the smallest cell to the largest star, the latter being what’s mentioned here. And then it follows up this wonderful line with “Ineffably sublime”. Ineffably meaning inexpressible. Wow. God is so amazing we can’t even express how great He is. The Jubilate words don’t even come close to the majesty expressed here. (Sorry, Jubilate. I mean #sorrynotsorry)

And that’s all in one verse. This is one of my all-time favourites – it’s impossible for me to sing this without being amazed by God’s power, might and love, and how much of a privilege it is to worship Him.

The verse in Revelation is wonderful. It tells of how God will always be praised. Using the image of the Lamb it seems to refer to Jesus’ death. Both of which are also referred to in the hymn.

Added to this a wonderful tune (Diademata) and (at my home Church) a glorious descant with beautiful altered harmonies. It’s beautiful.


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