Pastor Kurtz of Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, WI challenged Daniel Mulder, a music arranging minor at Maranatha, to write a hymn, and Daniel took the challenge.
The themes of each verse are taken from different parts of the Bible:
- v.1 – II Timothy 4:8
- v.2 – Isaiah 53:5-6; Matthew 27:29
- v.3 – Hebrews 2:9; Ephesians 2:5-6; Romans 5:17
The words of the chorus are taken from a prayer written by an anonymous Puritan preacher who breaks into rapturous praise at the thought of the grace God has shown him.
O Lord, I am astonished at the difference between my receivings and my deservings, between the state I am now in and my past gracelessness, between the heaven I am bound for and the hell I merit. Who made me to differ, but thee? for I was no more ready to receive Christ than were others; I could not have begun to love thee hadst thou not first loved me, or been willing unless thou hadst first made me so. O that such a crown should fit the head of such a sinner! such high advancement be for an unfruitful person! such joys for so vile a rebel! (Source: The Valley of Vision)
Daniel writes, “As humans, we deeply reject God, and in so doing, we also reject righteousness,joy, fulfillment, even life itself. We cannot hope to deserve these things, because we willfully threw them away. But God, because he is rich in mercy, because he had such great love for us, gave us his Son. And if God gave us his Son, Paul asks, “how shall he not with [his Son] also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32) We are nothing, yet God gives us everything. This is why we sing.”
Daniel is making this hymn available as PDF: Such A Crown PDF
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