God’s Majesty & Our Praise

Majesty & Why It Matters

“Majesty” isn’t a word we use a whole lot in everyday language. What does it mean? The dictionary defines it as “greatness” or “dignity“.

What makes God majestic? Psalm 8 (below) tells of the dignity He has given to mankind. This revelation of His character is majestic.

Why is it majestic?

What’s so great about God bestowing honor onto His creation?

Why is it such a big deal that we are given a position just “a little lower than the” angels?

We Don’t Deserve It

There are many ways we could answer those questions, but one is that we don’t deserve it.

He is the Creator… He is Almighty God… He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords… He loves us so much that He gave His Son to die in our place “while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8).

Who am I that He should even think of me?

And yet, He loves me! He actually cares about even the tiniest detail of my life! It matters to Him that I know Him! He wants a relationship with me and with you!

God’s greatness and majesty don’t make Him distant, remote, or unapproachable. He is actually mindful of us – of me and of you!  That Truth is beyond remarkable! It is majestic!

We Are Not Powerless

Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger. (Psalm 8:2 NIV)

God can use the words – the praise – of the weak and seemingly insignificant to reveal His majesty and to defeat the enemy. No matter how powerless we feel, no matter how helpless we may be in our current circumstances, we can be encouraged that our praise has an impact.

As we praise God for who He is, reflecting on His character, there is something happening that we can’t see. God uses our praise to give us victory in our spiritual battles.

Praise the Lord

A dear friend once responded to my impassioned lament about a day that had left me feeling defeated: “Praise the Lord!” I’m sure I actually did a physical double-take. Her comment caught me completely off guard!

My plea for sympathy was replaced by a life-changing moment of Spirit-breathed Truth. This was the open rebuke and faithful wounding of a friend Proverbs talks about. (Proverbs 27:5-6)

The gentle reminder that we are to “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) was unexpected. It shook me and required a response – reject and ignore it, or accept and obey it. I knew her words were absolute Truth.

I began to praise God.

It changed me. It changed my day. No longer was I walking in defeat. I had gained the upper hand in the spiritual battle within my heart.

Live It Out

It’s your turn. Praise the Lord. No matter what you’re facing today, no matter how you feel, praise Him.

If you can’t come up with the words on your own, read Psalm 8 out loud. Put on some praise music and sing along.

God’s strength, by His Spirit, will empower you as you magnify His name and declare His majesty.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
    Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger.

 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
 what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,
 all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

 Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 8

 

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