In my personal study—and then in Church this Sunday—the focus was on Psalm 8. Does that ever happen to you? In such moments God feels like the Verizon guy, repeating, “Can you hear me now?”
When it happens I do my best to lean in and see what it is he has for me. Psalm 8 begins and ends with these captivating words:
O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!Psalm 8:1, 9
A quick lookup on Blue Letter Bible.org (a great resource for topical study by the way) shows that, depending on the translation, the word majestic appears about 25 times in scripture, mostly to describe God, but sometimes his creation as well: mountains, stars in procession and even a tree in Ezekiel 31:7: It was majestic in beauty, with its spreading boughs, for its roots went down to abundant waters.
Majestic comes from the Hebrew word addiyr (ad-deer) and means wide or generally large, figuratively powerful, excellent, famous, gallant, glorious, goodly, lordly, mighty or the mightier one, noble, principal, worthy.
My breath caught and my eyes welled as our pastor displayed image after image of God’s creation and asked us to respond together, “O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name!”
What comes to your mind when you think of majestic? What is wide and large in your mind—the night sky? What is powerful—the ocean? What is excellent, famous, glorious?
As you ponder the images this definition conjures for you, will you hear God’s invitation to testify that all of these, as majestic as they are, are dwarfed in majesty next to their creator who is wider and larger, more powerful and excellent, more famous and glorious, mightier and most of all the only One worthy of our praise and wonder.
What would it look like if we entered today and each day repeating this simple exercise? Pausing just long enough throughout our days to soak in the glory that surrounds us and allow our souls to utter those simple, yet evocative words of worship:
O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!Psalm 8: 1