Preparing to Worship: “Victor’s Crown”
1 Corinthians 14:15 says, “What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.”
In a couple weeks, our musicians will introduce a new song to the church called “Victor’s Crown.” It is a powerful song and we will be anxious to sing it with the church regularly after we share it, so I thought I would share some of my thoughts about the song: What it means and how it is to be approached in spirit and in understanding. Verses 1 & 2 speak about finding comfort, humility, and boldness in the fact that Jesus is the one true authority and that we have His help. God’s Angels, (Hebrews 1:14) and the Holy Spirit (John 14:26) are with us. God is our refuge and friend (Psalm 46:1). Because of this we surrender, bow down, and let His ways guide us.
Verse 3 speaks of His interceding for us (Rom.8:34) and He is the only hope for the world.
Verse 4 Speaks of the crucifixion of Jesus on our behalf and the finished work of Christ. The Victor’s crown is symbolized through the crown of thorns for us.
The chorus is a declaration of the beautiful grace and love and finished work of the cross for us.
In the bridge, we sing the words: “Every high thing must come down. Every stronghold shall be broken. You wear the Victor’s crown. You overcome!”
The author of the song (Darlene Zschech) said in an interview, “That’s high with a lower-case h. Anything that would exalt itself above the name of Jesus…must come down.” Not only is this a truth that encourages us but also an action step for us. We are acknowledging our need to exalt Jesus above everything else, because only He is worthy.
We end the song singing “Jesus You have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).
I challenge you to read through these scriptures before March 3rd when the song is shared and anticipate worshipping with it as the musicians’ share it and as we sing it together.