1 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
This psalm is one of praise and worship, acknowledging the power and might of God. It begins and ends the same with a statement of revealed truth: how majestic is your name in all the earth. Thinking on this fact brings closeness to our creator. How majestic is your name in all the earth.
His name brings power. Have you ever had a conversation with someone and mentioned the name of Jesus? People who are not accustomed to hearing His name have interesting reactions. They may scoff, or be silent for a moment, but each in his own heart knows that it is the name above all names.. and it packs a punch.
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2
Verse 2 confirms the power of His name by speaking of the praise He receives from children. Every child knows that God made the world. Every child is endowed with the knowledge of our creator, and it baffles those who do not believe. God does this so we can witness His grace in that He first loved us. “For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.” – Psalm 71:5 At some point each of us made the unconscious decision to turn away from God.
To ponder upon what His hands have made, like a child looking at a flower for the first time, is something we should never stop doing. Verse 3 takes those things which we take for granted, and makes us stop to think. How did all those stars get there? Where did the sun get it’s shine? Yes, it can all be explained away by science, but there is no “truth” that equals the power and majesty of our God.
In all of this marvel of who God is, we must ask ourselves the question: who are we that God cares for us? The remaining verses leave an open question, one that has plagued man for centuries. If He is God, and all powerful, why does He care about us? What do we have to offer Him? Why make us in the first place? What is the meaning of life?
The answer is found in verse 9: How majestic is your name in all the earth. God does not need us. He wants us. He desires a relationship with us. One that is based on truth, that He is God and we are not. He wants us to praise Him, honor Him, and revel in His glory. He desires that we understand who He is, and what He has done for us, so that we will be in awe of the reality that He doesn’t need us at all.. but because He loves us, He made us.
- Is there a promise or principle to remember?
God is worthy to be praised. Our praise, time, talent, and adoration should be directed at God. He alone is worthy.
- Is there an example to follow or a command to obey?
The writer of this Psalm is David. He reminds himself (as we should do daily) that God is creator. Each day we should take time to look outside ourselves to see the beauty He has made, and sit in wonder at His feet in all that He does each day. Just as in the beginning of so many prayers in the Bible, firstly, we should honor and marvel at our Lord.
- Are there attitudes that needed changing, or an error to avoid?
All of this may lead you to ask: why is there bad in the world.. why not just make us and let us love you? But how will we be in awe of His wonderful love if we do not know what love is?
“What if God, choosing to show His wrath and make His power know, bore with great patience the objects of His wrath – prepared for destruction? What if He did this to make the riches of His glory known to the objects of His mercy – prepared in advance for glory” Romans 9:22-23a
The answer is that He is God, and we are not. We cannot tell Him what to do, and what He wills will come to pass, whether we think it’s fair or not. It is time for us to stop thinking we can control God, and instead submit ourselves fully to Him.
- Is there a sin being revealed?
If we as Christians are made to worship our Lord, and to revere His majestic name.. then why do we still use His name in inappropriate ways? “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” – Exodus 20:7
If we are not using His name to honor Him, then we are using it incorrectly, and breaking the 3rd commandment.
- Does this make you want to pray for someone or yourself?
Lord God, how I long to be alone in your presence. I desire to reflect on what you have done, to really know who you are, and to know in my heart that you are above all. I pray for all who are called ‘yours’, that they might stop in wonder at the mention of your name. Help us all to remember: how majestic is your name in all the earth.