“O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.” Psalm 8:1
“The Lord is high above all nations,
and his glory above the heavens!
Who is like the Lord our God,
who is seated on high,
who looks far down
on the heavens and the earth?” Psalm 113:4-6
“I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word…
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly.” Psalm 138:2,6a
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
High over heavens and earth. Over all nations and peoples. High above our thoughts and ways. Infinite in wisdom, grace and power, transcendent above all earthly might and measure. This King of kings is high and lifted up. His train fills the temple as His glory fills the earth and His faithfulness reaches to the skies. (Psalm 36:5; Isaiah 6:1)
And though He is high, He not only regards, but loves, redeems, and keeps the lowly, the humble and contrite and pure in heart, the poor in spirit. He crowns them with honor and glory to be worshipers. (Psalm 51:17; Matthew 5:3;8)
“When I look at your heavens, 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,
and the son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.” Psalm 8:3-5
“Have this mind.., which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-8
This God condescended to be among us, become like us, God with us. Jesus descended from the glory of heaven in the flesh to stoop and take a place among sinners, so He could raise us to be with Him. He pours out wisdom above our highest thought and reason, and spreads His purposes far beyond our grandest efforts and intentions. What wondrous love is this! (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 2:9-10,14-15,17)
How do we receive and appropriate this transcendent Holy One? Looking up, we must fall down, and live the highest, think the loftiest, love the best we can by His Spirit. The High God deserves our purest worship, deepest affection, truest allegiance, and holiest reverence. Though He is high, He loved us. And though we are low, we can lift heart and voice to Him.
Lord, may I exalt Your highness in the way I love and live.