IMG_1460King David opens Psalm 8 by singing, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth.”   One dictionary describes the word majestic as “having or showing impressive beauty or dignity”.  David is marveling at the created order, attributing its magnificence to God alone, in awe that God would even think about us, even still give us charge over His creation.  David concludes that the very name of God has impressive beauty and dignity.
The title “King of kings” has been used since the 13th century BC when an Assyrian first gave himself the name.  In the book of Ezra, Artaxerxes refers to himself as king of kings and both Ezekiel and Daniel refer to Nebuchadnezzar as the same.  Monarchs throughout history have adopted it to indicate their supremacy over all subject kings beneath them.  Even as recently as 2008, over 200 African tribal kings bestowed Muammar Gaddafi with this title.

 

IMG_1319But God says, “I am the Lord! That is My Name! I will not yield my glory to another!” (Isa 42:8) and in Revelation chapter 19, we see Jesus appear on horseback, ready for battle, with the armies of Heaven behind Him, and “on His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS”.

 

“Lesser names fought for Your title, but King of kings is Yours to claim!”

 

The rest of John’s vision briefly describes the beast, the false prophet, the kings of the earth and their armies gathering in opposition to Jesus, but the KING OF KINGS captured the beast and the false prophet, threw them alive into the fiery lake and killed the rest.

 

Now, I don’t know your view of the mysterious book of Revelation: literal or figurative, but either way, you cannot argue that Jesus pretty much wins this battle outright!  Yes, He is kind, compassionate and merciful, but He will not tolerate competition.

 

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In C.S. Lewis’ classic novel The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Susan and Mr. Beaver are discussing the return of Aslan, the Christ-figure in the story.  Mr. Beaver says, “Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.”  “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he…quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”  ”Safe?”, said Mr. Beaver, “Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

 

Jesus alone is the Sovereign, Majestic Lion of the Tribe of Judah, His Name is great in all the earth and worthy of all praise! 

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HOW MAJESTIC

Aaron Shust/Michael Farren

 

VERSE  1

Far beyond  imagination

No mortal mind can comprehend (Ps 147:5)

Evidenced throughout Creation (Rom 1:20)

Your rule and reign will never end (Lam 5:19)

CHORUS

Oh Lord

How majestic is

Your great Name alone

In all the Earth (Ps 8:9)

Oh Lord

You’re magnificent

Be enthroned in praise (Ps 22:3)

In all the earth

In all the earth

VERSE 2

Lesser names fought for Your title

But ‘King Of kings’ is Yours to claim (Rev 19:16)

Gathered here in awe and wonder

We cry out in glad refrain (Rev 7:9-10)

BRIDGE

Forever and ever

You are holy so holy

Worthy of all praise

Worthy of all praise (Rev 4:11-13)

Forever and ever

You are sovereign all sovereign

You will not be tamed

You will not be tamed