“Lord, your name is so great and powerful! People everywhere see your splendor. Your glorious majesty streams from the heavens, filling the earth with the fame of your name!” – Psalm 8:1 (TPT)
Have you ever stopped what you were doing and wondered about the bigness or the majesty of God? Have you ever found yourself absolutely intrigued by the wonder of God’s creation? Did you ever look up at the stars and were mesmerized by the vastness of space? When we take ourselves out of our normal everyday existence and see the world from a different point of view it is hard to not stand in awe of the majesty of Who God is to each one of us.
Majesty is a word which the Bible uses to express the thought of the greatness of God, our Maker, and our Lord. “The Lord is king! He is robed in majesty. Indeed, the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength…Your throne, O Lord, has stood from time immemorial. You yourself are from the everlasting past.” (Psalm 93:1-2). “I will meditate on your majestic, glorious splendor and your wonderful miracles.” (Psalm 145:5). And Peter said in 2 Peter 1:16, “For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes.”
When the prophet Isaiah had a vision of God seated on His throne, he was undone by God’s majesty and His holiness: “It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple. Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies! The whole earth is filled with his glory!” (Isaiah 6:1-3) In verse 6 Isaiah says, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”
Isaiah recognized that he could not stand before the God of all Ages, before His majesty and holiness, and not have his sins exposed. As you read through this passage in Isaiah, you imagine the Lord, high and lifted up, you have the same reaction. “I, too am doomed.”
Then you remember Immanuel, God with us, the One whom God sent to restore us and to enable each of us to be in His presence. When we catch but a glimpse of God’s glory, His holiness, and His majesty, we are forever changed. God’s majesty is something we will never understand. But what we can understand is the majesty of a relationship with the One who clothes Himself with majesty.
- When you hear the word “glory” what do you think of? Why?
- What is one practical thing you can do this week to better appreciate the majesty of God?