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Crowned with Faithful Love

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How do you anchor a tiara on a baby’s head with limited hair? Slip, flop and drop became the predictable pattern when my granddaughter celebrated her first birthday as a Disney princess. As she became aware of her little crown, she kept it in place, but as birthday distractions increased, her crown spent more time on the ground than on her head.   

The Bible tells us we’re crowned with faithful love and gentle mercies.

“[He] redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies …,” (Psalm 103:4, King James Version).

How beautiful to know we have such love and endless mercy from our King and Savior. To think He was mocked with a crown of thorns and crucified for our benefit is incomprehensible.

Regretfully, I often read this verse as a beautiful metaphor and unintentionally overlook the power behind the words. Sometimes, setbacks, disappointments, and trials distract me, and I lose sight of His loving-kindness and tender mercies. My crown begins to slip, flop and – drop.

Perhaps David felt the same way at times. In Palms 103 David begins by saying,

 “Bless the Lord, O my soul..,” (Psalm 103:1, KJV).

In Charles H. Spurgeon’s exposition, Spurgeon comments, “… [David] begins with stirring up his inmost self to magnify the Lord.”

Did David need to be stirred up? I wonder if David faced setbacks, disappointments, and trials when he wrote this Psalm. Nevertheless, we know this: Our royal position in Christ offers supernatural power to refresh our physical and spiritual weariness. (Click to Tweet)  

“[He] satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s,” (Psalm 103:5 KJV).

The KJV Bible Commentary says, “Regardless of our age, when we find joy and happiness in blessing the name of the Lord and recounting all His benefits to us, the strength of our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

As we recognize our crown of love and mercy, we count each blessing on earth and in the eternal world to come.

“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown,” (Rev 3:11 KJV).

Audrey_CrownGod’s crown of love and mercy is more than a metaphor; it tenderizes our hearts toward humble gratitude. (Click to Tweet) God used my granddaughter’s little tiara to reaffirm a message of hope: Consider God’s benefits, cultivate a grateful heart, and dismiss any thoughts that would tarnish or take your crown. (Click to Tweet)

Your Turn: Think about God’s goodness toward you. What comes to mind? If you feel led, share it in the comment box below. Let’s exalt Him for every blessing.

Have a blessed weekend.

Marisa Shadrick

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 References

KJV Bible commentary. 1997, c1994 (1118). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Psalm 103. (n.d.). The Spurgeon Archive. Retrieved February 21, 2014, from http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps103.htm

The Holy Bible : King James Version (KJV) by Public Domain

 

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