Crown Him (Majesty)

Album: Burning Lights (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • The traditional hymn "Crown Him with Many Crowns" was composed by Matthew Bridges at the age of 48, shortly after entering the Roman Catholic Church. Thirty years later it was altered and added to by Godfry Thring, a prebendary of Wells Cathedral. Chris Tomlin told Worship Leader magazine that he's wanted to reclaim the hymn for a long time for the younger generations. The singer added that when he is teaching songwriting classes, he always brings the second line of the hymn up, "Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but it's own." Tomlin explained: "It just cannot be written any better than that. When I think about what we're doing as worship leaders, when we're bringing a song of praise, a heavenly anthem of praise, it drowns out all music and drowns out all other noise ... That's why there's so much peace when people come to sing; God drowns out every other competing thing."
  • Tomlin wrote this song with his Catholic worship leader friend Matt Maher. He told Worship Leader magazine: "When writing, we looked up its history and where it came from. It turns out there was a little dispute with this song between the Catholic and the Protestant churches. And here we are: me a leader in the Protestant Church and Matt Maher, a leader in the Catholic Church. And we're just sitting at the piano laughing like, "Are you kidding me?" ...The Catholics have written all of these verses and the Protestants have written all these verses and they argued over which verses should be sung. It was one of the few songs that was sung through all the Church in both Catholic and Protestant churches, and there's not many of those, so what's been passed down to us is sort of a mixture of the two. And here are Matt and I sitting there working on this together and I thought how ironic that the Lord would bring this all around and us not even know that."

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