“Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies…”
Psalms 103:4 KJV
The Crown. Currently my favourite series on Netflix. Have you seen it? It has really captivated me from the very beginning, and it’s funny how it has changed my perspective on what I thought the life of royalty is all about.
On the surface, grandeur and glamour make a royal position look like one of luxury and comfort. But the responsibility passed on through this royal bloodline, seems heavier than that glorious, majestic, jewelled covered crown.
To always act the right way, say the right things, look the picture of perfection, al the while silently (and even not so silently) being judged by the world is a lot of pressure. I’m sure some of us can relate to that, but maybe on a much smaller scale. I have often felt that pressure as a first born, pastor’s kid with an overdeveloped sense of responsibility. Ha!
By the way, doesn’t the Bible say that we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. That sounds like a big responsibility. Do we really want the burden of ruling and reigning in this life? Isn’t it so much easier to watch others lead the way?
But there is One who wore another kind of crown. One that caused a lot of pain and discomfort. Thorns that tore into his flesh. Jesus. King of all kings. One man, who gave up his position of ultimate royalty, to come and hang on a cross? Why? So that we can reign in life (Romans 5:17).
There are days when that responsibility seems heavy. I just want to get the school run done and get back to my coffee. I just wat to sit here and watch you be all God has called you to be. You go reign! I’ll cheer.
This morning as I read one of my favourite Psalms, (Psalm 103) I was reminded of the crown that I am wearing, because of the crown that Jesus wore. I have a paradise crown (as it says in the Message Bible); he wore a crown of thorns.
Did you know that the original text for “crowneth” (KJV) also means to “surround”? One of the meanings of that verse (Psalm 103:4) is to be surrounded with goodness, kindness, faithfulness and compassion; like a baby in the womb.
As I reflect on that picture this morning, I realise that I can let go of all the “false” responsibilities that I have taken on. All the pressure to be everything for everyone. Pressure and stress that only exist in my imagination, anyway. I can rest, completely immersed in the goodness, kindness and faithfulness of God. It is, after all, only from that place that we can truly live in God’s provision, protection and peace. That is where our true identity is found.
This morning I declare that I am surrounded by the goodness, kindness and faithfulness of the Father. I am crowned with the lovingkindness, tender mercies and compassion of an almighty God.
Today, I hear the Father say: “My Royal Baby, you can let go of your cares and rest in the knowledge that I am surrounding you with my care. I care for you very deeply and I know how to care for you. For you belong to me. I have called you by name, you are mine. As you live in my provision, protection and peace, I will direct your steps and the burden of responsibility you carry, will be become light. Now rest, because I am already well pleased with you. And I love you very much.” ❤