Hymnspiration: Majesty

HymnspirationLogoThis is one of my favorite hymns and more contemporary than the ones I usually write about for Sunday Hymnspiration articles.  For nineteen years I was a member of The Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California, founded and pastored for three decades by Jack Hayford.

Those were special years of spiritual growth for me.  I still remember when I joined the church and at the reception I received my “Pastor Jack hug”.  What a gifted man he is – not only is he a renowned international minister of the Gospel, he has written over fifty books and five hundred hymns and choruses.  Majesty, by far, is the most well-known.

Majesty, worship His Majesty!
Unto Jesus be all glory, honor and praise.
Majesty, Kingdom authority,
Flows from His throne, unto His own,
His anthem raise.

So exalt, lift up on high the name of Jesus.
Magnify, come glorify, Christ Jesus the King.
Majesty, worship His Majesty,
Jesus who died, now glorified,
King of all kings.

Jack and Anna Hayford traveled to England in 1977, the twenty-fifth anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s ascent to the throne.  Royal symbolism was on display throughout the country.  In his own words, Pastor Jack explains what began to stir in his heart during that visit:

For years I have been convinced that the provisions of Christ for the believer not only include our forgiveness for sin; but provide restoration to a royal relationship with God as sons and daughters born into the family through His Majesty, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Within that relationship, as people of The Kingdom, I felt the Bible disclosed a new dimension of dominion over “all the works of the devil” bequeathed to us as heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.

While visiting many of the castles of the land, I began to sense the influence one might feel if raised as a child in such regal settings. For example, while at Blenheim – where Churchill was raised – it became quite credible how a person, accustomed to such an environment, might more likely conceive of themselves as being bred to influence their world. Of course, Churchill was not directly of the royal family, but the sense of regal destiny pervades many of those sites and influences many of those people.

As he and Anna were driving along one day the lyrics and melody of the song that would be simply entitled “Majesty” came to him.  As he dictated the words and melody, Anna wrote them down and he finished the song after returning to California.  He later remarked, “it was not only a description of the gloriously regal nature of our Savior, but also a statement that our worship can align us with His throne so that His kingdom authority flows to us and through us.” (The Complete Book of Hymns)

Here is a link on Pastor Jack’s web site to hear a stirring rendition of Majesty.

Have a GREAT day . . . someday it will be HISTORY!

© Sharon Hall (Digging History), 2014.


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