The Majestic Glory of God
“You are resplendent, More majestic than the mountains of prey.”
“None duly prepare themselves for prayer but those who are so impressed with the majesty of God that they engage in it free from all earthly cares and affections.1”
By Reverend Ray
The sense of the meaning of majesty is foreign to the modern mindset of America. Even in Europe there is only fleeting reminiscence of the grandeur of the word.
It once compelled regal thought of high character and noble elegance, stately magnificence.
To adorn someone with majesty was to raise them to lofty heights of honor and respect.
Such thoughts were provoked by integrity, benevolence and dignity intrinsic to the object of adoration.
This is where the psalter is as he reflects on God.
It is the compelling majesty of God that causes him to gush out in accolades of acknowledgment to the resplendor and majestic glory of God.
His eruption of commendation to God is not stirred by frivolous gestures of kudos as lip service.
He is consumed by the reality of absolute splendorous presence that steals breath from the lungs and pauses the methodic stroke of the heart. He is majestic beyond words.
So, the psalter wrestles with what he is left with and familiar with to interject feeble descriptive that only bring us to the edge of the glorious Light of His Being; “You are resplendent, More majestic than the mountains of prey.”
The prophet Isaiah longingly stated; “But there the majestic One, the Lord, will be for us A place of rivers and wide canals On which no boat with oars will go, And on which no mighty ship will pass.:”(Isa. 33:21)
But the psalter is not making this statement about God as some mystical inner light experience either. Rather, as he has stated in the text; “God is known in Judah, His name is great in Israel…” The psalter anchors his majestic vision of God in the demonstrations of His self-revelation. God has manifested Himself to man in the broad-brush strokes of His creation. He has declared Himself in the sublime witness of His word and the manifest care for His people.
All of this speaks of the God who is high and lifted up, the Wonder beyond wonders. No, it is not God who has lead us to adopt a mundane trivial view of Him. In every sense, man should collapse in awe of His majesty at the mere glimpse at the words of Scripture.
The words of the chronicler adjure us; “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.” (I Chron. 29:11)
If we are to recover in our culture and in the church the sense of the dignity and value due to the one made in the image of God, we must begin by restoring the majestic image of God in the minds of a people that have long been deprived of this vision.
The great twentieth century Christian mystic, A. W. Tozer noted; “The decline of the knowledge of the holy has brought on our troubles.
A rediscovery of the majesty of God will go a long way toward curing them. It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate.
If we would bring back spiritual power to our lives, we must begin to think of God more nearly as He is.2” None are more to be blamed for the negligence in handling the majestic view of the Almighty than the church.
We have done everything to bring God down to man’s level in his or her mind and in doing so, we have violated the splendor of the glory of a God that did come down to this earth in order that He might demonstrate the right vision man must have of the Eternal God. (See Heb. 1:1-3)
We begin to recover a dignity of life in a world of indignity and hatred when we live under the compelling constraints of a vision of the awesome, majestic Almighty God; for it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God.
Dribble from the pen.
1 Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
2 Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (1998). The Tozer Topical Reader (Vol. 1, p. 232). Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread.