Word of the Week: Majesty

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Beautiful.  Incredible.  Gorgeous.  Awesome. Amazing. Majestic.  These and other descriptive words were exchanged by Norma Jean and me as we enjoyed our trip to the Rocky Mountains last week.

From the Vail Valley to Independence Pass.  From Breckenridge to Aspen.  From Beaver Creek to Piney River.  It was one awe-inspiring, breath-taking, God-affirming sight after another.

As the week progressed I knew the word of the week today would be “Majestic.”  Jehovah is majestic and He is manifested in His creation.

Several times in the Old testament the Bible writers speak of God’s majesty in connection with his creation.  And especially with mountains.  “You formed the mountains with your power and armed yourself with mighty strength,” penned the Psalmist.  In another place he writes, “The mountains of Bashan are majestic, with many peaks stretching high into the sky.

The prophet Isaiah said, “The  majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of the Lord, The majesty of our God.” 

In a Psalm of praise King David exclaimed, “On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.”

Indeed I was reminded of the truth of the apostle Paul words, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

Creation cries there is a Creator!”  It didn’t just happen.  It wasn’t an accident.  It wasn’t the result of blind chance.  The mountains shout, “There is a God!” And the splendor of the Rockies showcase The Almighty’s majesty.

There is more than one Hebrew word translated into our English word “majesty.”  Together they speak of beauty.  Glory.  Honor. Power. Excellency.  Dignity. Triumph. Splendor.   These words described Jehovah God and the majestic world He created.

God has revealed himself in two books.  The book of revelation, that we call the Bible.  And the book of nature, of which Paul said declared God’s invisible qualities.  His eternal power.  His divine nature.

Chris Seidman expressed it this way, “God has made it possible for us to come to know Him through the visible and tangible things of our world. Have you ever looked at a sunset and been reminded of who’s really in charge in this world?”

“Have you ever gawked at majestic mountain peaks and been jerked back into the reality of how much bigger God is than you and your problems? Have you ever shaken your head at the brilliant lines, patterns and colors on the wings of a butterfly and contemplated the stunningly detailed imagination of the Creator? Then you’ve seen God’s glory and encountered the efforts of a Father longing to be recognized by His children.”

And Yet I know the Psalmist was right that God is more majestic that the Rocky Mountains when he wrote, “You are glorious and more majestic  than the everlasting mountains.”     They’re the natural evidence of who He is. The mountains proclaim God’s power. God’s might.  God’s majesty.  Indeed, Jehovah “holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.” 

Our trip into this beautiful part of the world reminded us that “The Lord reigns, he is clothed with majesty.”    Or to express it in the lyrics of the famous hymn by Maltbie Davenport Babcock,

This is my Father’s world,

 and to my listening ears

 all nature sings,

and round me rings

the music of the spheres.

This is my Father’s world:

 I rest me in the thought

of rocks and trees,

of skies and seas;

 his hand the wonders wrought.

 –Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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9 responses to “Word of the Week: Majesty

  1. Sandra Jo Williams, Pine Bluff Church of Christ

    I’ve always loved the mountains — they wrap me in comfort through their strength around every curve. I wrote this poem in 1987 when we lived in California and I so enjoyed going to the mountains. Glad you are back safely. As you wished, Richard and I read your past blogs last week.

    TAKE ME …
    Inner strength to envelop
    my erring soul …
    Surprise rapture beyond
    yet another curve …
    Hidden secrets never to be
    comprehended …
    The greatest majesty of our Lord
    accessible to man.

    Its streams and rivers the carriers
    of our life blood …
    Plateaus of rest in times
    of weariness …
    Listen to the breeze
    tell of its creator …
    Oh, take me to the mountains
    for my final breath!

    Sandra Jo Williams
    April 11, 1987

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  2. julie davidson

    thanks for reminding us how we should praise our MAJESTIC & AWESOME GOD, every single day of our lives…no matter where we are! was on a walk, early this morning, & enjoying the perfect 65 degrees, low humidity, & looked up & said OUT LOUD…THANK YOU GOD!!!! 🙂 missed you while you were away, but am glad that you & Norma Jean had such a wonderful get away trip! 🙂 thank you, again, Bro. Ken, for doing this blog…it always starts my day out right! in His love, Julie

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  3. Larry Ray Hafley

    Ken, Since I “hate” people who say, “I told you so,” I hope you won’t let this note go public. Anyway, that said, read the short reply I sent you all just before you left on your honeymoon.
    Seriously, so happy to hear about your majestic trip. Glad you all are back safely.

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  4. Billy Akin

    Ken…..after worship at Riverside Drive last night, David McKee and I were standing in back of auditorium discussing the gap of no words coming from the “Preacherman”. Sure glad to have a happy ending to our concern. Also, so happy for you to get a trip the the mountains. Though no height comparison to the rockies, I completed my 47 climb of Mt LeConte in the smokies a few weeks ago. Usually once a year with a group, spending the night at the rustic lodge. Thanks for your posts. Best to you and Norma Jean from Shirley and me. Billy Akin Nashville/Hendersonville

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  5. Ruth Conger

    Jim & I took a trip out West back in 1977. I remember the absolute beauty of the mountains and it brought tears to think some people would not have the chance to see them. Snapshots just don’t quite get it. When we saw the Grand Canyon, I was just stunned by the grandeur. How could you not believe when viewing such splendor?

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