“The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty;
The Lord has clothed and girded Himself with strength;
Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
You are from everlasting.”
Have you ever stopped and considered how great God really is?
Sometimes, people are so nonchalant in their attitude toward God. It’s like He’s the mythological guy upstairs. His name gets tossed about in casual conversation as if He is just a good punch line to some joke.
But have you ever really stopped and thought about Him? Have you tried to imagine what God is like?
In my college logic class, I recall learning “if a, then b and c.” So using this simple logic, you can see that it is critical that we have a right view of who God is. It is only when we have a right view of Him, that we will begin to have a right view or perspective of everything else.
Thankfully, we have the Scriptures to help with our understanding of who God is. The Scriptures illuminate the character and nature of God.
As the Psalm above describes, God reigns. He is our ruler. Nothing escapes His attention. He oversees all things, and all creation comes from Him. I can hear you now, “Yeah, mom, I already know God is supreme.” But it is imperative that He be supreme. His supremacy gives Him authority over all things. This is very important to remember. Only God reigns, and only God has supreme authority.
Don’t skip past this next one too quickly either. Consider that God also bears majesty and splendor (Psalm 104:1) When you think of majesty, what comes to mind? Mount Everest maybe? What about splendor? A breathtaking sunset perhaps? As the creator of these things, can you imagine for a moment what majesty and splendor look like on God? Something tells me there really are no words we can use to describe Him in this kind of glory.
I love the mental pictures in Psalm 93. God being clothed with these things sits on His throne and oversees the world He has created. Verse 1 tells us that “the earth is firmly established, (and) it will not be moved.” I mean think about it…the earth spins on its’ axis, orbiting the sun. The moon is perfectly positioned so that tides rise and fall. As well the sun rises each day, warming the earth and affecting air temperature and weather patterns. Take a moment and consider all the vast systems of the earth? And with perfect precision God sustains everything, every…single…second…of…every…single…day.
In verse 2 we see that God and his reign are everlasting. In other words, He is beyond the parameters of time. This is a little mind-blowing when you think about it! Our existence is finite. Every human is marked by the cycle of conception, birth, maturation, and eventual death. Nothing and no one lasts forever. Even the mightiest stars in the sky will die. Over time, everything wears down or must be constantly serviced so that it will continue. But God is infinite! He never tires or grows weak. He does not even need sleep (Psalm 121:1) Unlike us, He needs nothing. And this is how He has always been. He is without beginning or end. How wondrous!
Always make much of God! Make it a regular practice. If we neglect to remember His greatness, we begin to diminish Him in our hearts. This can become devastating. Remember He placed the stars in the skies and has even named them (Isaiah 40:26). Remember that He has told the seas where to stop (Job 38:8,11). Remember that He has counted every one of your tears and knows exactly how many hairs are on your head (Psalm 56:8; Luke 12:7). Not even you can do that!
When we consider the greatness of God, we are reminded how small we truly are. We remember how much we depend on Him for everything. And we are humbled that the God of the universe would set his heart on us by giving us, Jesus.
It is my prayer that you will always know that “God is great and greatly to be praised.” (Psalm 145:3)