Story behind the song: ‘Majesty’

Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace in the countryside of England. The song, “Majesty,” came into being there also.

 

Both are known and loved around the world.

Dr. Jack Hayford, a talented Bible teacher and songwriter, was for many years pastor of the famed Church on the Way in Van Nuys, California.

In 1977, Dr. and Mrs. Hayford traveled to England for a two-week visit. It was the year of the silver anniversary of the coronation of Elizabeth II as Queen of England.

The celebrating and the spirit of enthusiasm of the English people, coupled with the great historical significance of that kingdom, made those two weeks a very special and exciting time for the Hayfords.

Dr. Hayford reports that he was completely caught up in the emotion of the occasion. As he walked among the people, he sensed a feeling of grandeur and nobility. And yet, as he looked about, he sensed that even though individuals are greatly used in the course of man’s existence on this earth, there is a greater power, the one who is the author of our destiny.

Hayford sensed the deep appreciation in the hearts of the people for their leaders who stood with them in dark hours. Even now, they were excited about sharing in the celebration of their Monarch.

As he observed those things, there came to his mind a feeling that Christ wants his church to have such a sense of loyalty and fellowship because he must be our guide in good times and bad.

While touring the countryside, the Hayfords made a short visit to Blenheim Palace. As they stood on those magnificent, historic grounds, Dr. Hayford said to his wife, Anna, “Honey, I can hardly describe to you all the things which this setting evokes in me. There is something of majesty in all this.”

As he talked to her of how Christ wants to exercise his kingdom authority in our lives and our activities, that one word seemed to continually charge to the forefront: Majesty.

Yet, the things he saw seemed but a paltry reminder of the royal legacy we enjoy as we worship the majesty of our risen Lord.

As the Hayfords pulled themselves from that regal palace and drove away, Dr. Hayford asked his wife to take a notebook and write down some thoughts that were coming to him. He then began to dictate the lyrics, the key and the timing to a song now being sung by Christians worldwide.

“Majesty! worship his majesty!

Unto Jesus be all glory, honor and praise.

Majesty! Kingdom authority,

Flow from his throne, unto his own,

His anthem raise.”

You would be hard pressed to find an adult, teen or child, who attends church services only occasionally, who does not know this glorious song.

”Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high.” -Hebrews 1:3

To contact Lindsay Terry, email lindsay976@earthlink.net.

 

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