Crown Him with many crowns

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Crown Him with many crowns,
  The Lamb upon His throne;
Hark! how the heav'nly 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.
2
Crown Him the Virgin's Son,
  The God Incarnate born,
Whose arm those crimson trophies won
  Which now His brow adorn:
  Fruit of the mystic Tree,
  As of that Tree the Stem;
The Root whence flows Thy mercy free,
  The Babe of Bethlehem.
3
Crown Him the Lord of Love:
  Behold His hands and side;
Rich wounds yet visible above
  In beauty glorified:
  No angel in the sky
  Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends his burning eye
  At mysteries so bright.
4
Crown Him the Lord of peace,
  Whose power a scepter sways
From pole to pole, that wars may cease,
  And all be prayer and praise.
  His reign shall know no end,
  And round His pierced feet
Fair flowers of glory now extend
  Their fragrance ever sweet.
5
Crown Him the Lord of years,
  The Potentate of time.
Creator of the rolling spheres,
  Ineffably sublime.
  All hail, Redeemer, hail!
  For Thou hast died for me;
Thy praise shall never, never fail
  Throughout eternity.
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Gbenga Odeyemi

Lagos, Nigeria

He is indeed the Lord of Lord. There is none like Him in all ramifications.

We need to learn how to enter into the particular atmosphere of each Lord's table meeting and stay on one line. Once the meeting begins, we should sense the atmosphere and follow it. We should not have more than one beginning by trying to change the atmosphere or direction of a Lord's table meeting well after it has begun. There should be a smooth transition from one hymn to the next. We should not take this word in a legal way, but we need to exercise our spirit and our mind with its function of understanding to recognize, enter into, discern, and taste the flavor and atmosphere of a meeting. This requires learning.

We should not call hymns and offer praises in a table meeting according to our personal feeling but should follow the corporate flow and atmosphere. In a particular Lord's table meeting, someone may call Hymns, #86, which is not high but is deep and tender. This hymn praises the Lord for His human living. Many Christians do not know how to enter into the feeling of such a hymn because they do not know how to appreciate and praise the Lord for His human living. There will be a lack of continuation if soon after we sing this hymn in a Lord's table meeting, someone calls a hymn such as Hymns, #142, which begins, "Crown Him with many crowns." After a hymn has been called, we should spend some time to taste and digest the hymn. At least four or five prayers of praise are needed to digest most hymns. The dishes in a feast are not served in rapid sequence; instead, there is time between each dish for enjoyment. To call a hymn with a different feeling soon after another one has been sung is to not sense the atmosphere but only take care of one's personal feeling. Our hymn calling should build up a proper spirit of remembering the Lord in His presence. We all need to learn, but no one should be discouraged or take this fellowship as a legal regulation.