â€œThou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.â€ (Psalm 65:11)
At yearâ€™s end, a Christian should stop to count his blessings. If he does this fairly and fully, no matter what his problems may have been during the year, he will have to confess that God, as always, has crowned the year with goodness.
The coronation figure is frequently used in Scripture to speak of Godâ€™s blessings in the Christian life. For example: â€œBless the LORD . . . Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender merciesâ€ (Psalm 103:2, 4). Even our testings and trials are always in the context of Godâ€™s grace and love. Christ Himself wore a crown of thorns so that we may be crowned with mercy and salvation.
Consider also Psalm 5:12: â€œFor thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield.â€ The word â€œcompassâ€ is the same Hebrew word as â€œcrown,â€ with the basic meaning â€œencircle.â€ Other jewels in the believerâ€™s year-end crown are Godâ€™s grace and glory. â€œ[Wisdom] shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to theeâ€ (Proverbs 4:9).
Then there is the wonderful testimony that â€œthou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honorâ€ (Psalm 8:5). Finally, the believerâ€™s crown is none other than the Lord Himself: â€œIn that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his peopleâ€ (Isaiah 28:5).
Most Christians have an abundance of material blessings for which to thank the Lord. Even if they have none of these, however, God has crowned the year with goodness and favor, with lovingkindness and tender mercies, with grace and glory and honor and, best of all, with His own presence. â€œBless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefitsâ€ (Psalm 103:2). HMM