The Glory and Majesty of Your Name

September 4, 2017

The choir at our church is really good.  You should hear them.  One of the anthems that they do that is among my favorites is called, “The Glory and Majesty of Your Name.”  It is an exalting of and exulting in the character of our great God.  It is sung in such a way that some of it is so strong and bold and some of it is just beyond a whisper.  The intent of the lyrics and the melody is the same as the intent of Isaiah in Isaiah 6:  to cause us to stand in awesome awe at how great, glorious and majestic is our God.  The song calls us to behold the glory and majesty of His Name.  It always takes my breath away when I hear it.  I don’t want to shout; I want to weep.   Our God is so glorious and so majestic.  Do we see that as entirely as it is presented to us in the world and in our lives?  I really do wonder if we do.
God has put for us His glory and majesty on display over the course of the last two weeks.  I really do believe that we see one of those displays clearly as a communication of His glory and majesty but not the other.  To see the glory and majesty of God in the eclipse of the sun and not to see it in the eruption of the storm is not to see the fullness of the extent of the glory and majesty of God.  It is true that we delight in one far more than the other.  It is true that one makes us want to bow down in worship while the other causes us to want to run away in fear, but both are public demonstrations of the glory and majesty of our God.  If our God can be the God of the sun, moon and stars but not the God of the storm, then our God is just that.  He is “our” God.  He is not big “G” God; He is a little “g” god.  He is an idol or worse.  
The truth is that good American theology leaves us little room for a God of drenching rain and torrential winds.  Our understanding of God is that He does for us what is good and good is defined by us as what is good for us.  That is why for the most part our understanding of God blesses Him for healing and wanders where He is when healing doesn’t come or praises Him when we prosper but wander if He is really real when we lose our job and our family is struggling financially and every other way.  Our “god” brings us the sun and even causes the moon to pass in front of it but this “god” of ours would never display His glory in a Harvey.  But if our “god” cannot be the one whom we behold in both the bright sunlight and the dreadful storm, then He is not worthy of being God and He surely is not  worthy of our humbled worship and praise.
Psalm 19 shows us the God whose handiwork is displayed in the sun, moon, and stars.  Psalm 29 shows us the God whose great grandeur is displayed in the storm.  He is one God.  He is our great, great God.  He comes to us in all kinds of ways.  He comes to us most assuredly in Jesus who is with us when we are His on the brightest of days and the darkest of nights, in the rays of the sun and in the ruin of the storm.  It is enough to make us shout or be silenced as I am when I hear our choir sing of the Glory and Majesty of Your Name.