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Monday, October 15, 2018

Inspired by . . . Hymns of Faith: Crown Him with Many Crowns

Jesus Christ, the condescension of divinity and the exaltation of humanity. ~ Phillips Brooks


The tune, Diademata, composed by George J. Elvey in 1816 specifically for this hymn builds with a flourish, the second half of each verse making you want to stand and sing:

Awake, my soul, and sing
of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless king
through all eternity.

Originally written in 1851 by Matthew Bridges, the text we sing today is usually combined with additional stanzas written years later by Godfrey Thring. Both men were distinguished Anglican clergy who desired to exalt our victorious Lord in song.

The One Who bore the crown of thorns now sits exalted at the highest place of honor at the right hand of God. Each crown in the hymn points to some aspect of Jesus' person or ministry.

The Lamb upon the throne. Lord of life. Lord of love. Redeemer! 

Whatever version we sing may we all agree:

Thy praise shall never, never fail
throughout eternity.


You can find the entire series here.

Listen to Chris Tomlin's version here.

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