“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1)
In preparing to write one of my books I did a great amount of research on what makes God – God. Throughout the Old Testament we find various attributes of God mentioned, but not one of them can totally describe the awesomeness of God. Our finite minds can only grasp a small portion of His great character and nature. Analyzing traits like His goodness, His mercy, His grace, His holiness, His power, His love, and His Son’s sacrifice on Calvary’s Cross prompt a response of adoration and worship.
A popular song written about thirty-eight years ago by the Rev. Jack Hayford, senior pastor of the Church of the Way in Van Nuys, California, also teaches that the very regal majesty of Christ deserves our praise. This text further reminds us that Christ’s dominion over principalities, His power, and His absolute majesty in heaven are for the benefit of those who trust and follow Him
Pastor Hayford relates the following account for the writing of “Majesty:”
“In 1977, my wife Anna and I spent our vacation in Great Britain, traveling throughout the land from the south country and Wales to the northern parts of Scotland. It was the same year as Queen Elizabeth’s 25th Anniversary of her coronation, and symbols of royalty were abundantly present beyond the usual.”
While viewing many of the ancient castles throughout the land, Pastor Hayford began to reflect on the truth that the provisions of Christ provided to mankind. He died not only to offer us a pathway to forgiveness, but also provided a restoration to a royal relationship with God as sons and daughters born into the heavenly family through His Majesty.
“As Anna and I drove along together, at once the opening lyrics and melody of ‘Majesty’ simply came to my heart, I seemed to feel something new of what it meant to be His—to be raised to a partnership with Him in His throne. Upon returning to our home in California, I was finally able to complete the song.”
“Majesty” describes the kingly, lordly, gloriously regal nature of our Savior—but not simply as an objective statement in worship of which He is fully worthy. “Majesty” is also a statement of the fact that our worship, when begotten in spirit and in truth, can align us with His throne in such a way that His Kingdom authority flows to us—to overflow us, to free us, and channel through us. We are rescued from death, restored to the inheritance of sons and daughters, qualified for victory in battle against the adversary, and destined for the throne forever in His presence.
Majesty, worship His majesty—Unto Jesus be all glory, power and praise—Majesty, kingdom authority flow from His throne unto His own, His anthem raise. So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus—Magnify, come glorify Christ Jesus, the King. Majesty, worship His majesty—Jesus who died, now glorified, King of all kings.
Have you taken some time lately to really worship His majesty? How can you help others to see His majesty in the life you are living?
Blessings! ~Dr. Jim Grassi