The Meaning of Majesty

What images are brought mind by the word, “majesty”? I picture a crown, a great mountain, a rushing turquoise stream. These are things that cause me to stand in awe, to look up, and to ponder the One reflected in the wonder of earth’s jewels. Majesty invokes a sense of greatness, of something beyond us, and of something so beautiful that it causes us to stop and give praise. Majesty takes our breath away, and causes us to kneel in worship.

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We find majesty in nature.

Driving around the mountains and valleys of New Zealand, I was certainly struck by a sense of majesty. Everything was high, and deep and wide and beautiful – it reminded me of the majesty of God (New Zealand: Journey Through the Majesty of God – https://lilyofthevalleysk.wordpress.com/2018/09/07/new-zealand-journey-through-the-majesty-of-god/).

[Psalm 19:1] says,

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.”

God’s majesty is reflected in His creation. No one else could create the vastness of a plain, draw out the horizon, or build a mountain’s grandeur into the sky. The beauty of God is reflected in His creation. Many people find solace in nature, but there is an even greater peace to be found in gazing at the beauty of God. This peace surpasses all knowledge and its loveliness is worth all our attention [Philippians 4:7-8]. God’s majesty in nature is a reflection of His never-ending love, His awesome power, and His incredible glory.

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We are clothed in majesty of God’s grace.

Imagine being clothed in majesty, or seeing someone clothed in it. Consider the garment of salvation, the wonder of a love so great that God would send His only Son to the cross to bring us into His home as sons and daughters.

[Isaiah 61:10]
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks Himself with ornaments;
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

It is this garment of righteousness that gives us the confidence to stand up as sons and daughters, co-heirs in the kingdom of heaven. It is this cloak of God’s grace that marks us loved by Him, wonderfully and fearfully made.

If the fingerprints of God’s majesty are not only on nature, but also on every human being, doesn’t that compel us to love and serve one another? We are all made in the image of God, and His people are majestically clothed with grace.

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We discover majesty in the face of Jesus.

[Revelation 4:2-3] describes the King of all heaven and earth:

“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like and “

The passage goes on to describe the surroundings of the throne; 24 thrones and elders falling down to worship God, 4 magnificent living creatures declaring “Holy is the Lord God Almighty” day and night, 7 lamps of fire, a sea of glass like crystal, lightning and thundering.

Majesty is not frightening; it is beautiful. It is not overbearing, but draws us in to share in its beauty. [Hebrews 1:3] has this to say about the Son:

” … who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purges our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. “

The fear it invokes is akin to honour, to worship. We fall down before majesty in awe. We fall down before God because of His awesome glory. It is a submission that recognises authority and greatness in the character of God. How is God majestic? He is majestic in His appearance, in His glory, in His power and in the character of His love.

This is majesty that commands my worship and I will gladly give it.

[1 Chronicles 29:11] – “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth is yours;
Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
And You are exalted as head over all.”

 


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