Words from the Heart for Thursday January 12th, 2017
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.
Psalm 8:1 (NIV)
The Lord we serve is amazing. His name is majestic. It is wonderful to belong to Him. Across the whole earth there are those who join us today in praising His name. Even the heavens show His glory. Make it a part of your day to pause and give Him praise.
The majesty of Banff National Park is famous around the world for good reason. There are few places on earth as beautiful as Canada’s first national park. What you may not know is how Banff National Park got started. What is known now as the Cave and Basin National Historic Site was noticed by two workers building the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1883. Even though it was a sacred site for local First Nations, the two men put a fence around it and claimed it for themselves. Conflicting claims on the site prompted the Canadian government to intervene and in 1885, Prime Minister John A. MacDonald declared a reserve of 26 square kilometers around the Cave and Basin, creating the Banff Hot Springs Reserve. This was the beginning of Canada’s National Park system.
When we think of majestic things, we think of natural wonders or beautiful buildings or a royal event. But the Bible speaks of something else majestic, and it “out-majesties” everything in creation. Psalm 8:1 says “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.” Physical majesty is limited by time and space. If you want to see a majestic mountain or building, you have to travel to where it is located. If you want to experience the majesty of a royal event, you have to be at a certain place at a certain time. But the majesty of the God’s name is both universal and eternal. I am blessed to be able to travel to visit churches and believers all over the world. While I only speak English, it is such a blessing to experience Christians worshipping Jesus Christ in their own heart language. His name is being lifted up in every country of the world, in just about every language and dialect possible. The majesty of God’s name is seen in every transformed life and every village, town and city where those who love him are serving Him and others. It is in those transformed lives and the proclamation of the Gospel that the majesty of God’s name is seen in all the earth. Heaven is a different matter. There His presence shines like the sun and His glory is seen in perfection. What majesty!
These have been words from the heart.