When you read a familiar passage, are you more likely to just skim it or to take time to dig into it – perhaps as never before? Let me encourage you to stop and take a few moments to dig in for God to speak to you.
Sometimes it helps to break a well-known verse (passage) down. Let’s work this together.
YHWH – the great I am. The one who created the universe with merely His Word and wisdom.
For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.Psalm 33:9
O LORD, what a variety of things you have made! In wisdom you have made them all. The earth is full of your creatures.Psalms 104:24
By wisdom the LORD founded the earth; by understanding he created the heavens.Proverbs 3:19
“Our Lord“ – Adoni. According to Olive Tree Enhanced Strong’s Dictionary, this is an emphatic word from a root that means to rule. God is THE ruler.
Our God is in the heavens,Psalms 115:3
and he does as he wishes.
No human wisdom or understanding or planProverbs 21:30
can stand against the LORD.
For God is the King over all the earth.Psalms 47:7
Praise him with a psalm.
But note here, the Psalmist says “OUR”. How differently you look at creation when God is YOUR Lord!
“How MAJESTIC is your name” in all the earth!
Surely His creation is glorious. David goes on to declare in verse three that looking at the heavens causes him to take pause. Maybe you have personally seen and been astounded at the majesty of the Rocky Mountains or the ocean, or the incredible variety of landscapes in the USA.
Yet it is not God’s creation that David says is majestic. Let us not worship the creation.
“Your NAME” – God’s name – is majestic. His name is what deserves our praise.
How did you pick your child’s name? Was it a family name? Or were you just looking for a first and middle name that sounded good with the last name? Often in our culture it is not about the meaning of the name.
Not so in the the Bible. Often scripture tells us the meaning of a person’s name – because that was significant to them. We even see times when God changed people’s names (Abram, Sarai, Saul of Tarsus).
So it makes sense that God’s name would be significant. John Piper gives us insight to the significance of the name YWHW.
So Yahweh, the name that’s used over six thousand times for God in the Old Testament — it’s usually capitalized L-O-R-D in our English translations — is built on that phrase: “I Am Who I Am.” In other words, every time we read the name of God, the proper name Yahweh, he wants us to remember his essence. That’s the point. “When you say my name, remember my essence. I absolutely am. That’s why I gave myself a name with a meaning. No beginning, no ending, no becoming, no changing. I absolutely am. I am true. I am reliable.” Every time you say L-O-R-D, all caps, Yahweh, remember that.https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/why-does-the-bible-stress-the-power-of-jesuss-name
God’s entire essence is majestic. His essence is above what our language can even describe. It is greater than the highest mountain or the deepest ocean or the most vast desert.
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic (large; figuratively, powerful: — excellent, famous, gallant, glorious, goodly, lordly, mighty(-ier one), noble, principal, worthy) is your name in all the earth!1Olive Tree Enhanced Strong’s Dictionary – H0117
Paraphrasing is such a great way to ensure you take in the message of scripture. Take a moment to write out the verse in your own words and share it in the comments.