New Song: Victor’s Crown

My phone rang and the voice on the other end said,

“I want to figure out what song we sang together at the National Conference.  I can’t remember what it is, but is was very ‘battle man-ish’.”

It was the voice of a  friend who leads worship somewhere down south.  And in case you didn’t guess, he made up the phrase himself.  This week, we are learning a “battle man-ish” song because it talks about a God who fights for us, wears the crown of victory and overcomes the entire world.  It’s called Victor’s Crown.  We are singing it because it connects with the scripture we will be studying at First Fruits/Easter.

“Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”

The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:34

So it’s about victory..and while it’s “battle man-ish” lyrically, it starts small

You are always fighting for us

Ok, STOP!  This is a theme throughout scripture.  We see it all the way back in the first five books when Moses tells God’s  people, “The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes…(Deut 1:30)  We don’t do the fighting, God does.  The verse continues…

Heaven’s angels all around
My delight is found in knowing
That You wear the Victor’s crown

STOP again!  Is this just spiritual talk or is there some biblical story behind “angels all around”?  Actually, yes, there is.  The King of Aram is at war with Israel and has the city of Dothan where Elisha is staying surrounded with his army.  Elisha’s servant is freaked out of his mind!  “And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:17)

You’re my help and my defender
You’re my Saviour and my friend
By Your grace I live and breathe
To worship You

Again, I want to point out that this kind of language can be just “spiritual jargon” if it’s not lived out.  This can’t be about living and breathing to worship through an hour of singing on the weekend.  It must be all of life!

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  –Col 3:17

Vs 2:  At the mention of Your greatness
In Your Name I will bow down

WHOA!  I can’t help myself.  This also can be spiritual look-at-me talk if we don’t understand what it means to “bow down”.  First of all, physically bowing was a common way of worship in the OT.  Now we don’t do it as much (and maybe we should because we don’t submit to much), but the real issue is our hearts.  We are self-sufficient people, but we can’t make ourselves or save ourselves.  The call to worship is a call to bow…”Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker…”(Ps 95:6)

In Your presence fear is silent
For You wear the Victor’s crown
Let Your glory fill this temple

WAIT! STOP!  Sorry, I just had to jump in here.  What temple are we talking about?  The temple in Jerusalem has been destroyed, right?  So we don’t fall into more “spiritual-speak” that we don’t understand, let’s see what Paul has to say to us NT believers.  “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…(1 Cor 6:19)  And later, we are told in Ephesians 2:21 that the people of the church are the temple of God built on Christ and the testimony of the Prophets and Apostles.  The temple is NOT a building…it’s you.

Let Your power overflow
By Your grace I live and breathe
To worship You.

You have overcome
You have overcome
Jesus You have overcome the world

We sing Hallelujah which simply means, “Praise God”.  And we praise God because Jesus said,  “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)  Hallalujah indeed…

Vs 3: You are ever interceding
As the lost become the found

This is Jesus, right?  Right.  “Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”-Romans 8:34

We also just finished a whole series on being lost.  And we learned that God is looking for the lost and when they are found, there is a party! (Luke 15:24)

You can never be defeated
For You wear the Victor’s crown

Now the phrase, “victor’s crown” isn’t found in scripture, but we do see a description of Jesus crowned in Hebrews.  “But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.-Heb 2:9  He wears the victor’s crown of glory because he faced death.

You are Jesus the Messiah
You’re the Hope of all the world,

(I’ve interrupted enough, but Jesus is the Messiah and brings life!  John 20:31)

By Your grace I live and breathe
To worship You

Every high place must come down
Every stronghold shall be broken
You wear the Victor’s crown
You overcome
You overcome

And at last we come to the BATTLE MAN-ISH part of the song!  High places in scripture are usually descriptions of locations where false gods are worship.  As far back as Leviticus God says that he is on a mission to destroy all “high places”.  Later in the NT, we read that we are at war through God’s power with our own sin and the forces of darkness.  “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Cor 10:4)

Now, if that’s not BATTLE MAN-ISH, I don’t know what is.  As we get ready for First Fruits, we will sing this song against sin, death and the grave.  Death, where is your victory?  Our God overcomes.  And he gives us the victory though our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Our God overcomes.

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