What crowns do we lay down?

It struck me as we were singing Chris Tomlin’s beautiful worship song “We Fall Down” in church a few weeks ago that unless you know who you are in Christ, the idea of laying down your crown in front of Jesus may occur a little weird to you. What crown? Do I have a crown? I don’t look at myself as royalty, so I don’t think I have anything to neither wear on my head nor to lay down…?


The lyrics to the simple song are taken from Revelation 4:10-11 where we can read about the 24 elders in Heaven laying down their crowns in front of God as a token of respect, humility and submission before they worship him as being the true king and God.

I love the verses from 1. Peter 2:9-10 that talk about who we are as children of God:

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy

The children of God are God’s chosen people. We are priests. We are a holy, set apart group of people. We share Christ’s royalty! Christ is the eternal king, and Christ shares his glory with us. We are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17), who is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), and since we share in all who Christ is (Colossians 3:3, Ephesians 1:3) we are also princes of Heaven. We have crowns we can lay down today! These are not realities that will only be true when we die and go to Heaven. These are realities for today, May 7, 2009! We can accept that when we are in Christ, God has put a crown on our heads. We can look in the mirror and accept the verdict that our the Spirit of God testifies about us: “you are holy, you are righteous, you are royalty! You are not a sinner anymore! When you’re in Christ, you’re a Prince!

And we can rejoice in the fact that we have become sons and daughters, and princes and princesses of the Almighty and Sovereign God and in humble submission to him, we can choose to lay down our crowns in front of him and worship him freely already now, because we know that everything we have and everything we are is because of God and God alone!

Here is a video with the song We Fall Down:

Blessings, Torben

4 Responses to “What crowns do we lay down?”

  1. 1 Rosi Bergmann
    May 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I love this little devotion. It is very inspiring to me as I am going to teach about our identity in Christ soon in our Discipleship Training School here in Chile. I love to pass on the very essence of what you wrote in your devotion today. God bless you in your royalty, Torben and Jeannette.

  2. May 7, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Hey Rosi! You are very welcome to use what I wrote in your teaching! That’s excellent that you get a chance to teach about identity in Christ in the DTS. I teach about it every Sunday morning in our church and love it!

    It was good seeing your husband and your youngest son on Skype yesterday, and we will see if we will see each other soon….:-)

    Blessings, Torben

  3. January 17, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Its always been a comfort to me in knowing I am a child of Gold and therefore accepted and loved, but the addition of ‘humble prince or princess’ is surely an a inspired application I hadn’t heard. Thank you. By the way, where is this crown from? I have a special interest in historical crowns.

  4. January 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hey Holly!

    Thanks for your comment! I’m glad the application of you being a princess is new and relevant for you! The crown was worn by the Danish King Christian IV who ruled from 1588 to 1648. You can see the crown and other beautiful jewels from his time if you ever make it to the Rosenborg Castle in Denmark! 🙂

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