How majestic

How majestic

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. – Psalms 8:1

Psalms 8:1-8

 1 O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! You reveal your majesty in the heavens above!

 3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers – the moon and the stars you set in place –

 4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?

 5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.

 6 You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority.

Majestic 12 (or MJ-12) is a purported organization that appears in UFO conspiracy theories. The organization is an alleged secret committee of scientists, military leaders, and government officials, formed in 1947 by an executive order by U.S. President Harry S. Truman. It was tasked to facilitate recovery and investigation of alien spacecraft. The concept originated in a series of supposedly leaked secret government documents first circulated by ufologists in 1984. Upon examination, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) declared the documents to be “completely bogus”, and many ufologists consider them to be an elaborate hoax.

Majestic is a word that is sadly fallen out of common use in modern English. But even more sadly, with the rejection of the Father by modern man, there is hardly anything in our culture worthy of the appellation.

The Hebrew term translated majestic is addir. It has the sense of mighty, splendid, magnificent, excellent, that which inspires awe or reverence of the beholder.

Basically, the Hebrew root connotes that which is superior to something else, and, therefore, that which is majestic. In a word “better than all.”

When we say that God’s name is majestic, we mean that everything about Him – His character, His actions, His thoughts, His desires, His plans, His words – is excellent and praiseworthy and perfect (Stanley).

REFLECT & PRAY

The core of our faith is not knowing facts about the Father, it is about knowing the Father. It is all about a loving relationship with our majestic Father.

O Father may I love You so deeply and fully, that the mere thought of You brings joyful tears to my eyes and bursts forth in ardent, intimate praise from my heart.

INSIGHT

David often contemplated the majesty and excellence of the Father. The Psalms reflect his joyful love for the Father. The more he meditates upon the Father; more and more exuberant joy fills his heart. Finally, David’s heart bursts forth in words of praise and adoration. He praises the Father’s majesty, which is known in all the earth. David is saying, “People everywhere see how great you are.”

The Father’s name is majestic surpassing all that is. His name is above all others and everything which is created. Majestic emphasizes the “beyondness” of the Father. Our hearts are to be filled with joyful affection for our loving, majestic, magnificent, awesome heavenly Father. It should erupt forth from our personal experience of Him. This is the best part of reverence and is essential to all true worship.

David’s worship is ardent yet intimate. David didn’t just know about the Father and His marvelous name; David knew the Father.

There was once a Shakespearean actor who was known everywhere for his one-man shows of readings and recitations from the classics. He would always end his performance with a dramatic reading of Psalm 23

Each night, without exception, as the actor began his recitation – “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” The crowd would listen attentively. And then, at the conclusion of the Psalm, they would rise in thunderous applause in appreciation of the actor’s incredible ability to bring the verses in to life. 

But one night, just before the actor was to offer his customary recital of Psalm 23, a young man from the audience spoke up. “Sir, do you mind if tonight I recite Psalm 23?” The actor was quite taken back by this unusual request, but he allowed the young man to come forward and stand front and center on the stage to recite the Psalm, knowing that the ability of this unskilled youth would be no match for his own talent. 

With a soft voice, the young man began to recite the words of the Psalm. When he was finished, there was no applause. There was no standing ovation as on other nights. All that could be heard was the sound of weeping. The audience had been so moved by the young man’s recitation that every eye was full of tears. Amazed by what he had heard, the actor said to the youth, “I don’t understand. I have been performing Psalm 23 for years. I have a lifetime of experience and training – but I have never been able to move an audience as you have tonight. Tell me, what is your secret?” 

The young man quietly replied, “Well sir, you know the Psalm . . . I know the Shepherd.” 

You Alone

You alone are holy

You alone are worthy

Only You alone deserve my praise

So I come before You

I honor and adore You

You alone are worthy of my praise

Only You alone

Lord I praise You

With everything in me

Lord I praise You

With honor I will sing

You alone are holy

You alone are worthy

Only You alone deserve my praise

So I come before You

I honor and adore You

You alone deserve my praise

Only You alone

Only You alone

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