The Gateway Church

in and around Kings Lynn, West Norfolk

How majestic is His name

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7th May, 2020 Day 128


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James 1:5 says, ‘Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms’. The psalms are beautiful songs to sing. Once, during a time when I was laid low following a brain haemorrhage (subarachnoid, if you are a doctor reading this!), I wrote some simple poems which I put to music. One was based on this psalm. It says,


When I consider the works of Your hands,

All You have made, all You have planned,

The moon and the stars in all their array,

I am amazed, I am amazed.


When I consider the things You have done,

Through Your dear Son, through Your dear Son,

When I consider the works of Your hands,

What is man, what is man?


This morning, April 17th 2020, I read in another devotional by Bob Gass, which I am sure many of you know and read, this information about the galaxy. ’Our sun is one of more than a 100 billion stars that make up the Milky Way galaxy.  And there may be as many as 100 billion other galaxies – billions of which may have hundreds of millions of planets like ours! The Hubble Space Telescope relays images of galaxies as far away as 13 billion light years!


The incredible thing is that, in view of the vastness of God’s creation, He has time to think of us and even came down to earth to be born and to die in our place that we might be set free from the punishment of our sin and become His treasured possession. ‘What a love, what a cost! We stand forgiven at the cross’.  (Words from Stuart Townend’s song, ‘O to see the Dawn’)

God wants us to worship Him with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in our hearts to the Lord (Eph.5:19).  David loved to do this! He was described as ‘a man after God’s own heart’ but I can identify with him as I am all the time singing such songs in my heart to the Lord. When we turn to Christ He puts a new song in our hearts, a song of praise to our God. (Psalm 40:3)

Psalm 8 is an exaltation of the majestic Name of the Lord and this is the way the psalm begins and ends, ‘O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your Name in all the earth!’

God created us for the purpose of giving Him praise and worship for ‘all He has made, all He has done’. If we didn’t praise Him, even the stones would cry out (Luke 19:40)!  All creation gives Him praise and we are the pinnacle of His creation. How much more should we give Him praise?  He made man in His own image – how fantastic is that?  Wow! But this is that we might bring Him praise and give Him glory. I love the bit about the babes and the children…’Out of their mouths He has ordained strength, or perfected praise’ (Matthew 21:16).  No wonder Jesus said to the disciples, ‘Let the little children come to Me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven’ (Matthew 19:14 and Luke 18:16).  In my opinion there is no praise like the praise of children! They have no inhibitions, especially when they are very young. When we praise God our enemies are silenced. They cannot stand to hear God being praised and they are silenced! Praise is one of our most powerful weapons. It is the way we defeat our enemies. We need to come like little children and abandon ourselves to Him, the One who loved us and washed us with His blood. How can we not praise Him? Now we are seated in heavenly places IN HIM, far above all principality and powers (Ephesians 2:6 and Ephesians 1:21)!! What do we need to fear?! Let us defeat the enemy with our praise! Jesus has conquered death and hell and God has put all things under His feet. (Ephesians 1:22)

God made us for a relationship with Himself. What a humbling thought! We may feel so small and insignificant and yet we have been made in His image and for His glory!! He also made us so that we might have dominion over the works of His hands. He wanted us to look after and care for His creation, ‘all sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air and the fish of the sea’. What a privilege it is to serve our God, the Creator of the universe!

How majestic is His Name in all the earth!

Jean Holland



Andy planted the Gateway Church in Sept 2007. He and Janet love to gather different nations together to grow in Christ while eating good food! He also helps to shape and serve a couple of Relational Mission's church plants in mainland Europe. Andy and Janet run regularly, largely to offset the hospitality eating! He also runs a popular WordPress plugin Church Admin