A Moment of Majesty

A Moment of Majesty

Monday, April 6, 2015

Psalm 8:1  O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

I find myself on this Monday morning in one of those moments of being in awe of the greatness of God. The last 72 hours have brought me to this place, prepared by the Holy Spirit, to simply pull off the road of duty and responsibility and just rest in this thought –

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

On Friday I thought I would never get better and be able to celebrate Resurrection Sunday at church. I had already missed Palm Sunday. In 36 years of preaching I had never missed an Easter. God, what’s up? What are you trying to teach me?

No clear answer was given.

On Saturday I started to feel better, and accomplished a couple of tasks that needed attention around the house. But most of the day was spent resting. I started to believe that I would make it for Sunday. But as my mind began to be energized, it also became filled with all of the things that I had to do, and with all of the problems that were piling up. God, how am I supposed to have the strength to handle all of this?

I recognized the stupidity of that question as soon as it appeared on the marquis of my mind. I don’t have the strength to handle anything. I spoke to God again. The Lord is my refuge and my strength. He is my fortress and the rock of my salvation. I trust you with all of these things. I will do only what you ask me to do.

Just preach! It was clearly the Holy Spirit giving me an answer to the sickness, to the loss of energy, and to the lack of focus. Just preach! Leave everything and everyone else to me.

So I did. I let everything else go into the hands of God, and I thought only about His resurrection. Then, in my weakness, I preached what God had prepared. No fancy outline. No cute stories. Just the truth of Scripture directly from the Scripture. It was invigorating. It was healing – not physically, but most certainly spiritually. It was for me a demonstration of the power of God.

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Four people were saved at the end of the sermon. Four souls who will never forget Resurrection Sunday 2015. Four more have come to be baptized over the next few weeks. The baptistery is about to become a permanent part of the stage décor.

After the service I received a message from a young man in our church. It said, “This morning I saw God’s vision for the church first hand. What an amazing time of worship, an amazing sermon, then people laying their lives before Christ. That’s what it’s all about.”

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

So today, in this moment that has turned into hours, I am in awe of the excellency of God. And yet I realize this – from the heights of the tallest mountains, to the depths of the deepest seas, and from the splendor of the redwood forests to the seemingly infinite expanse of the starlit sky, God’s glory can be seen. Yet it is not the full extent of His glory, for that has been set above the heavens, where only God can see it, for only God can know the fullness of His own glory. What we see here and now of the majesty of God is but a shadow of the reality that dwells with Him in heaven. But we will see Him, in all of His glory. Face to face. One day we will be resurrected with Him into His eternal presence one. Let it be today!

O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

How Great is our God!!!  https://youtu.be/NojwQKHuF54

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