O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority— the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!”
Psalms 8:1-9 NLT
God’s Name is Excellent (superb, outstanding, exceptional, marvelous, wonderful, magnificent) and Majestic (having or showing impressive beauty or dignity; glorious, sumptuous, impressive, august, noble, awe-inspiring, monumental)! There is no other name like His!!! His name is so marvelous that it paints itself upon all of creation. Children stand in awe of everything. Their raw and tender concept of things is so innocent and refreshing. Their ideology hasn’t been thwarted by the rhetoric of the world. In all of us there is an innate sense of the Creator and His greatness. We must accept this natural reality or live in denial. Let me share an illustration of this reality: If I am standing in a building, there is a natural understanding that someone built it. If I am singing a song, there is a natural understanding that someone composed it. If I am reading a book, there is a natural understanding that someone wrote it. If I purchase a car, there is a natural understanding that someone made it. A simple look at the complexity of the world should cause a natural understanding that Someone made it. To deny this is to abandon all reason and logic. Just as a song isn’t sung without the realization of an author and composer, the world, and all of creation, shouts at us that there is a Creator. His name is Jesus!!! The Bible explicitly proclaims Jesus as LORD! In many Bibles there are two distinct ways this is identified: Lord and LORD. Lord with just a capital L means “Adonai”. LORD with all four letters capitalized means “Yahweh”. Jesus is Lord and LORD. The Greek Word Kyrios (Lord) is translated in the Septuagint as “Adonai”. Capitalizing all four letters identifies it as “Yahweh”. Both refer to God! One passage of scripture that demonstrates this is Matthew 3:3. Here we see John the Baptist fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 40:3. This prophecy was of one who would be the forerunner of the LORD (the Hebrew word “Yahweh”). The LORD, spoken of in Isaiah, is identified as Jesus in Mathew 3:3 because Jesus is the One John the Baptist was the forerunner of. In Matthew 3:3, the King James Version uses the word Lord (capital L, lower case ord). The New Living Translation, New American Standard, and Amplified versions all capitalize the whole word LORD in Matthew 3:3. The New King James Version capitalizes, and bold prints, the word LORD. I think you get the point! Our LORD is excellent and majestic. His power and prowess is unmatched and incomprehensible, yet He displays Himself upon the canvas of creation. Look around you today! Pay attention to the splendor and majesty of our God! The sun that lights our day, the birds that fly, the rivers that flow, the oceans that crash against the shore. Tonight, take a glimpse at the heavens above and wonder in awe at the glory of the moon and stars. He is worthy of our adoration and worship! God has given us the stewardship of His creation. Sin has tainted it. One day, the LORD will return to renew His created earth and re-establish the domain we had in the garden of Eden. Death will be gone forever. Sorrow and crying will have been vanquished. God will wipe away every tear. Life will be what it was supposed to be for the children of God. Are you a child of God? Through Jesus Christ, you can be. Confess your sins (I John 1:9), repent of them (2 Corinthians 7:10), and ask Jesus to become your Lord (Romans 10:8-10)! Then, open your eyes and look at the world through His eyes. How excellent and majestic is His name! Prayer for today: Father, In Jesus name, I exalt You and bless Your Holy and Marvelous Name!!! Help me see You in the things around me. You have impressed Your glory upon Your creation. May I see You instead of the sorrow that sin brings. May I see beyond this veil of tears to the day of complete restoration of all things. Indeed, You are Excellent and Majestic!!!
Rev. Curtis Norris