Bible verses about god’s majesty

Bible verses about god’s majesty: In the 1980s, Christians in Southern California began to sing the worship song “Majesty,” written by Jack Hayford, pastor of the Church on the Way in Van Nuys. Before long, this song was being sung throughout the world by millions of people. For years, it was one of the most popular of all contemporary worship songs. Even today, more than thirty years after it was first published, “Majesty” still ranks in the top 100 of CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International). I wouldn’t be surprised if this song has been sung more often by more people throughout the world than any other recent hymn or praise song.

But, when we sing “Majesty,” do we really know what we’re singing? We’re supposed to worship God’s majesty. That’s right on. But what does it mean?

I believe that most of us have an intuitive sense of what God’s magnificence is like. It has to do with the power and grandeur of God. In honor of their authority, kings and queens are addressed as “Your Majesty.” God’s majesty could therefore be considered his authority. Many people would conflate God’s majesty with his greatness, I guess. These are beautiful ideas of majesty. They undoubtedly stand for qualities of God that inspire worship. Can we perhaps define what “majesty” actually means?

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bible verses about god’s majesty

The English word “majesty” comes to us from the Latin word maiestas, which means “greatness or dignity.” In the Hebrew original of Psalm 93, the word translated into English as “majesty” is ge’ut (pronounced guh-OOth). The standard Hebrew-English lexicon defines this word as, you guessed it, “majesty.” It is closely related to the word translated as “pride” in a negative sense (ge’ah). Both of these words derive from a root that means “to rise.” So, if you think too highly of yourself, then you have ge’ah, which is not good. But when it comes to God, who is utterly great, who is the God above all other gods, then ge’ut is appropriate. This word doesn’t convey God’s pride in himself. Rather, it stands for God’s reputation among people and that which deserves this glory. We might get the sense of the word by saying that God is rightly thought of more highly than any other being, in heaven and earth.

So, when it comes to Psalm 93:1, God’s being robed in majesty represents his being enveloped in the esteem of his creatures. God’s great strength calls forth honor. God’s glory demands praise. Thus, this psalm reminds us why we worship God even as it calls us to worship. In a sense, we join ourselves to the robe of majesty that surrounds God when we worship him.

QUESTIONS FOR FURTHER REFLECTION: When you think of God’s majesty, what comes to mind? Do you think of your worship as joining you to a universal chorus of praise? How might this thought affect your worship of God? 

PRAYER: All praise be to you, O God, because you are robed in majesty. Your greatness calls forth worship. Your creation glorifies you because you alone are worthy of glory.

May I live for the praise of your glory, adding a few strands to your robe of majesty. Amen.

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Mark Roberts is the Executive Director of Digital Media and the Theological and Cultural Steward for Foundations for Laity Renewal. He is the author of eight books, including No Holds Barred: Wrestling with God in Prayer. He lives in Boerne, Texas, with his wife, Linda. Their children spend most of the year away at college on the East Coast.

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