Over the next several months, I will be blogging about this:
- God is MAJESTIC
- God is MESSIAH
- God wants to be MASTER
- God wants us to live on MISSION
Last post we talked about how King Uzziah forgot about the Majesty of God, and we also looked at how God’s Majesty was revealed to the prophet Isaiah. Today we will be looking at several passages of Scripture that illustrate the Majesty of God.
First off, let’s look at Psalm 29.
Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of the mighty, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in holy array. The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; The God of glory thunders. The Lord is over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful, the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; Yes, the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord hews out flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; The Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord makes the deer to calve and strips the forests bare; And in His temple everything says, “Glory!” The Lord sat as King at the flood; Yes, the Lord sits as King forever. The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.
Just a few things to highlight about the Majesty of God here. We are to ascribe to the Lord, Glory and Strength. Why are we to do this. We are to do this because that is who He is! He is Glorious!!! He is Strong!!! We are to worship Him because He is the Majestic Lord! God’s voice is powerful. It snaps trees in half and strips the forest bare. Let that sink in for a few minutes. That is amazingly powerful! Wow! Take a moment and ask God to just speak to your heart about His Glory, Strength, and Majesty!
Now, let’s look at Isaiah 40:12-15.
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the heavens by the span, and calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance and the hills in a pair of scales? Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge and informed Him of the way of understanding? Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck of dust on the scales; Behold, He lifts up the islands like fine dust.
Again, wow! The Majesty of God is seen all over these verses. God can hold the waters of the earth in His hand! Wow! He can measure the heavens (sky, solar system, galaxies, etc.). Wow! He knows how much the dust of the earth ways, and He knows the weight of every hill and mountain throughout the world! Wow! He has no counselor. Wow! We fret over all that is going on around the world, especially with some nations who seem to be plotting some crazy evil, and all the nations in the world are just a drop in the bucket to Him. Wow! He can pick up all the islands of the whole earth, and they are like dust in His hand. Wow!
Wow! Wow! Wow! Who is like our Majestic God? No one!!!
Finally, let’s look at Job 38:1-11.
Before you read, let me give you some context. Job has lost everything. He is grieving, and he has a ton of questions for God. These questions make sense to me any way. I have had times in my life where I am grieving, and I have asked God many questions. In Job 38, God answers Job. The reality is that He doesn’t really answer Job’s questions. He reminds Job that He is Sovereign and Majestic!
Job 38:1-11 says,
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now gird up your loins like a man, and I will ask you, and you instruct Me! Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or who enclosed the sea with doors when, bursting forth, it went out from the womb; When I made a cloud its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and I placed boundaries on it and set a bolt and doors, and I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther; And here shall your proud waves stop’?”
Think about these things that God says (keep in mind I am paraphrasing):
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?” Answer = not alive yet
“Did you set the earth’s measurements? Did you lay the cornerstone for the earth? Did you cause the morning stars to sing together? Did you tell the ocean you can only come this far?” Answers = No. No. No. No. No.
What do these questions indicate? God is God, and Job is not. God is God, and we are not.
Sidebar: I am not suggesting that appropriate care and comfort is not needed after someone experiences loss. Go read John 11. Jesus had a “God is Sovereign” response to Martha, and He had a “I am with you and let Me love on you” response to Mary after they lost their brother. We all need God’s comfort during deep loss, and we also need to know that He is Majestic, Sovereign God in absolute and complete control of all things.
The passages in Psalms, Isaiah, and Job indicate this: God is MAJESTIC!!!
What do we do with that today? I don’t know for you personally, but let me give you a few principles to take away from this.
When I worry, I need to know He is Majestic and He’s got this. When I think my life is out of control, I need to know that He is Majestic and Sovereign and in absolute complete control. If He can snap trees in half and if He can hold the waters of the earth in His hand and if He can command the ocean to stop, then I think that screams He is the Majestic, Sovereign God, and He is asking us to trust Him completely with our lives.
Can you do this today? Can you see His Majesty today? If you can’t, would you have the courage to ask the Lord what might be hindering that? It could be hurt, pain, sadness, anger, fear, guilt, shame, etc. To bow down and worship Him we must be able to clearly see Him as Majestic.
May God open the eyes of our heart that we may see His MAJESTY!!!