A lot of times when we hear the word “majesty”, we are prompted to direct our frame of reference to that of royalty. In order for something to have “majesty”, it must possess the status of royalty. Royalty means to be royal, and to be royal is to have supreme divinity. Most common, kings and queens are figures of royalty. They exercise supreme control over a specific territory because they have been gifted with “divine right”, the belief that kings and queens are ordained by God’s will. This type of majesty only partially reveals the complete supremacy the Lord possesses, as it has been distinguished as something deriving from the Father. Regardless of this example of majesty, we must recognize God as truly divine, originally having the ultimate authority and majesty as King of the universe.
God is King. This is an absolute truth that can only be accepted and proclaimed in belief (1 Corinthians 12:13). In order for anyone to recognize the true King and ruler, belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus must be present. There must exist the knowledge of depravity of sin, the acceptance of the grace of God which is demonstrated in Christ, the dwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the intimate desire to seek the Lord in faith. With these few, important things present, there is hope in understanding the majesty of God.
When talking about God’s majesty, his holiness is to be pointed out above all else. His holiness is the most distinctive difference between himself and mankind. We are, by nature, corrupted by sin. “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God.” (Romans 3:10-11) God, however, is holy by nature (Leviticus 11:44). He is righteously separated from the rest of creation because he is supreme and good in all ways; he is simply holy.
Holiness in mind, we can humbly observe God’s unique attributes. These, unlike other traits, are not shared by finite humanity. The Lord, the three-in-one King, is the only one who possesses these characteristics, and he is the only one who forever will because he is God.
He is transcendent. Simply put, this means God is completely above anything and everything. Take a moment to truly think about this truth: the God of the universe is so vast in all of his glory that he is supremely separated and above time, above all power, above all knowledge and understanding. However, he came to intimately interact with his images. Jesus, who is God, humbled himself by coming down to earth. Jesus, the King of everything, came down dwell with near-sighted, broken humans. The transcendent Lord came to dwell among us as our personal Lord and Savior.
He is unchanging. Looking at the majesty of God, we must also recognize how he remains the same. If he didn’t, then how could we trust his truth, his knowledge, his promises, or even his saving grace? Simply put, we couldn’t. The only way we can is because God has “no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17). He is unchanging, and everything outputted by him is unchanging.
He is the great I AM (Exodus 3:14). Grouping everything together, we can note the simplicity of God. Despite his infiniteness, he is simple, and so much so that we can understand him as I AM. In fact, all of his attributes can be summed up in this one statement. It is so simple that it practically screams the majesty of God, the great King.
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
when your fathers put me to the test
and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
and they have not known my ways.”
Therefore I swore in my wrath,
“They shall not enter my rest.”Psalm 95