In 1989, I watched the Grammy Awards Ceremony on a VCR that someone had recorded from TV. There was no cable television then!!! I was pleasantly surprised that there was a category for “Gospel”. And the song that won that Grammy was titled “The Lord’s Prayer”; a song that I never forgot because it was made up of many little sections performed by different artists and yet the continuity and flow into each other was amazing! So fast forward to 2015 and thank God for the “world wide web” (www.) I went on a search and found out more about the song. It was actually a musical performed by Dony McGuire and Reba Rambo and a host of other old time Gospel singers like the Late Andrea Crouch, B.J. Thomas, The Archers and a few others.

I was tripping over how their inspiration to write this musical came from the actual Lord’s Prayer in the bible at the point when the disciples asked Jesus in Luke 11:1-2 KJV “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples”. All these artists came together to sing about and literally pay homage to Jesus at the Grammy’s! This was just Awesome. So it made me remember an annual celebration from the South Western part of Nigeria, in Ijebu Ode to be precise where indigenes of Ijebu Land scattered all across the globe, come home and gather together at the palace of the “Awujale” – The Ijebu Paramount Ruler or King, to bring gifts and pay homage. This festival is known as the “Ojude Oba Festival.”

The “Ojude Oba Festival” has been going on for centuries now and is a mega big deal. Attendees prepare for almost a whole year. They make plans for the following year way in advance. They plan on what to wear and how to appear as a group. Individuals turn up in brand-“spanking”-new state of the art automobiles or horses! Yes you read right; Horses are a popular mode of transportation to appear before the Awujale. The pomp and pageantry are a real spectacle to behold. The splendour is out of this world. And all these, for an earthly King!

There is “One” though, who is mightier than every earthly king. He is the King of all Creation. He is the King of Kings. His name is Jesus. How can we pay homage to Him?  Some were wise (no wonder they were referred to as “wise men”) Matthew 2:1-2; 11 KJV vs: 11 “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh”. They knew this was a special child. They had seen His Star. They knew He was different.

We do not need any special days or ways or times or seasons to come and bow down and worship Him or bring Him gifts. Start right now. Do not wait till its Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter or New Years. Like the children of Israel did, we can lay flat on our faces and extol His Majesty.  “…they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth forever.” 2 Chronicles 7:3 KJV. Like David you can dance and leap for joy with no restraint what-so-ever. “And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.” 2 Samuel 6: 16 KJV. Still like David you can write His words on the tablet of your heart by reading and meditating on scripture. “I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.” Psalm 119: 15-16 KJV

Jesus is worthy of our praise, worship and adoration more than any earthly monarch.

Therefore make a decision today and commit to “WORSHIP HIS MAJESTY”


Oluyinka Ego-Martins©