Crossroads: The Majesty of God

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Psalm 8

Your Story

Talk about where you see/feel the majesty of God. Maybe for you it’s when you’re staring at the ocean and you realize how amazing God is. Or maybe it’s looking out over the mountains. Or perhaps you felt the majesty of God when your children were born. Or maybe it’s when you look up at the skies and see all of the stars.

My Story

Read Psalm 8. From the NIV: O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Have you ever stopped and looked at the stars? We used to eat spaghetti at my grandparents’ house every Saturday night from the time I was a child until I graduated from high school. When I was 10, they moved out to the country. Some of my favorite memories of going to visit them on Saturday nights include being able to see all the stars. My grandfather loved space so much. He had a telescope and he loved looking at the stars. We even named a star after him before he died. And now, when I look up at the night sky, I remember him. When I look up at the night sky, I am also amazed at the creativity of God. The stars take my breath away. There are just so many of them! And when you imagine that God created every single one of them and all those planets, it makes you feel small. And yet, the creator of the Universe cares about us! He knows all about us and He wants to show us just how much He loves us!

It seems that thousands and thousands of years ago, David felt the same way. Looking at the moon and stars, David felt small. He saw all that God had created and realized that God chose us. God could have chosen to have a special relationship with any of God’s creation, and yet God chose us. God created us and loves us. Have you ever thought about that before? Have you ever thought that God could have chosen any of God’s creation to have community with, and yet humans are who God chose. We are so blessed that our God, who created the ladybugs, the flowers, the trees, the sun, the moon, and the stars, who set the planets spinning, that God wants to talk to us. God wants to be our friend forever. Praise the Lord that God does!

Musical Connection

Read or sing “Majestic” from CaveQuest VBS 2016 (available on YouTube or Vimeo).

O Lord our Lord
How majestic is Your name
In all the earth
O Lord our Lord
How majestic is Your name
In all the earth

Chorus
The heavens declare Your greatness
The oceans cry out to You
The mountains they bow down before You
So I’ll join with the earth
And I’ll give my praise to You

Bridge
I will worship You
I will worship You
We will worship You
We will worship You

Chorus 2
The heavens declare Your greatness
The oceans cry out to You
The mountains they bow down before You
So I’ll join with the earth and I’ll sing
The heavens declare Your greatness
The oceans cry out to You
The mountains they bow down before You
So I’ll join with the earth
And I’ll give my praise to You

Action and Discussion

• Talk about what majesty means (supreme greatness or authority, regal, lofty) and why we say that God is majestic.
• Ask your children to talk about times when they have been awed by God
• Find ways this week to observe God’s majesty as a family—go out and look at the stars one night, take a trip to the mountains or the beach, take a walk around a park, etc.

Prayer

Praise God for God’s majesty. Ask God to help you see God’s majesty all around you.

Jessica Asbell is currently serving as the Minister to Children at First Baptist Church of Roswell, GA. She has worked with children in various capacities at several churches, including Winter Park Baptist in Wilmington, NC, First Baptist of Decatur, GA, and Highland Hills Baptist in Macon, GA. She has a Master of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology and a BBA from Mercer University. In her spare time she loves to read, watch movies, and of course spend time with her sweet kitty, Lucy.

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