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You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance.
Psalm 65:11 (NKJV)
Crown. I imagine the three kings of Orient in a Christmas play. My mind’s eye pictures inauguration ceremonies of royal monarchs.
I envision crowning moments of beauty pageants or iconic Disney princesses displayed in crowns.
Or, I even think of paper crowns from Burger King. And plastic versions adorned with jewels…the finishing touch to a little girl’s costume.
But tucked inside God’s Word we find a unique meaning for crown. The action verb used to describe a calendar year.
Sparks from New Year’s fireworks spark our intentions to make the new year better than ever. Still, what if we viewed 2019 with God’s promise of goodness?
Would our resolutions change? How about our plans, goals, and dreams?
We don’t always know what tomorrow holds even after we’ve planned. None of us knew what 2018 would bring. So there’s no sure-fire way to know what will transpire this year.
But we can know this: God doesn’t change. He’s the real King, the only promise-keeper who always keep His promises.
He wants to be involved in our plans and goals. He put dreams in our hearts. And we’re confident the Lord of lords and the King of kings will walk with us every step of the way in 2019.
I want this year crowned with goodness. Not just any goodness. My version of goodness—the human kind—often fails. People aren’t good all the time…even crowned people.
My heart longs for God to crown January through December with His goodness. Because the goodness of God tops inauguration ceremonies of presidents and kings. It trumps titles this world offers.
Iconic symbols of earthly crowning moments wane in comparison to the only One worthy to wear a royal crown. Jesus Christ the Son of God.
Lord, I worship You seated on the throne, high and lifted up. I magnify Your majesty and splendor. You are worthy to be praised and exalted above all earthly kings, authority and crowns. Help make my plans, my goals, and my dreams as You would have them in 2019. Thank you that no matter what tomorrow holds, You are good all the time and Your goodness never changes. I cling to the promise that You will crown my year with goodness for in You alone is spiritual abundance. I crown You with many crowns and lay my earthly crowns at Your feet. Amen.