“Who is like the LORD our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?” “Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you.” Psalm 113:5-6; 1 Kings 8:27
I am captivated by the sky. After an early drive to the airport under infinite black, I gaze in wonder as it gradually dissolves to periwinkle grey spotted with charcoal, then ashen, clouds. Moment by moment, the tint appears, first barely blush, then pink, then a blaze of deep rose reflecting on more distant clouds up high and to the south. Pale turns cerulean as the backdrop for the glowing embers hovering above the horizon, now sky blue and angel white as the sun has made its grand entrance to the day.
It occurs to me what “His highness” means. My God is above and beyond all of this glorious display; He has set His glory above the heavens! There is no power, no glory, no one, above or beside my Royal Highness. (Psalm 8:1)
Our culture has lost a high view of God. The media, our educational institutions, our industries, promote things and inflate the importance of all things temporal and horizontal while taking our eyes off of the eternal, our hearts from vertical affections. The Lord of all, from His heavenly throne, places His hand under our chins and tilts our faces skyward; the heavens quiet us to contemplate the eternal, God’s “highness.”
“Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord! For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above all who are around him?” Psalm 89:5-7
O sing, my soul, my Savior, God, to Thee! How great Thou art! May I keep a high view of You, Worthy One, and ever look up to, and bow down before, Your Majesty, my Royal Highness.