Knowing God, chapter 8: The majesty of God

Ascribing majesty to someone is to acknowledge greatness in that person. The Bible uses ‘majesty’ to express the thoughts of the greatness of God (Ps 93:1; Ps 145:5; 2 Pet 1:16). In the book of Hebrews, ‘majesty’ substitutes ‘God’ (Heb 1:3; 8:1). God’s greatness is an invitation to worship (Ps 48:1; 95:3,6)

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How may we form a right idea of God’s greatness?

  • Remove from our thoughts of God limits that would make Him small. Taking a cue from Ps 139:
  • You cannot get away from your Creator (vv 5, 7, 11-12)
  • There are no limits to His knowledge of you (vv1-4)
  • He is God Almighty (v14)
  • Realise how unlimited are His wisdom, presence and power. Job 38-41.

    • Compare Him with powers and forces which we regard as great. Taking a cue from Isaiah 40, God says:
  • Look at the task I’ve done (v12)
  • Look at the nations (vv15-17)
  • Look at the world (v 22)
  • Look at the world’s great men (v 23)
  • Look at the stars (v 26)
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    By way of application, we examine 3 questions Isaiah asks in God’s name:

    1. “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One (v25). This question rebukes wrong thoughts about God. Often, our thoughts about  God aren’t great enough.
    2. Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God”? (v27) This question rebukes wrong thoughts about ourselves. God never abandons anyone of whom He sets His love.
    3. Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. (v28) This question rebukes our slowness to believe in God’s majesty. We are slow to believe in God as God, sovereign, all-seeing and almighty.