May 26th, 2014
Psalm 34:3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
Interpretation: To magnify something is to make it larger and greater, cause it to be held in higher esteem. It’s to set something on a pedestal so that it can be seen above all. When we draw closer to God, we not only magnify Him, by expressing “isn’t he incredible and magnificent but we purposefully and consciously hold Him there in His glorious light “ to show Him off” to others through every aspect of our lives. We promote and speak proudly of Him. Our lives send the invitation to “come, see, experience and join us in celebrating Him!”
Luke 1:45-47 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 44:8 In God we boast all day long, and praise your name forever.
Psalm 70:4 Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; And let those who love your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!”
Act 10:46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.
Act 19:17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
Phl 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
- To keep focused on what God is doing, lifting Him up with adoration even in times of trouble as the psalmist did
- To rightly magnify the Lord insuring we are “showing Him off” when sharing the Gospel
- To magnify the Lord by “showing Him off” as we live out our daily life.
- To be aware of His Highest position when we meditate upon His character to better “show Him off” to others
- To consciously allow our spirit man to worship Him with exaltation, acknowledging His greatness and many faceted attributes Psalm 19:14
- To ask His help in not magnifying our so-termed accomplishments or that of any other above His.
- To ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in adoration of Him as we enter His gates in thanksgiving and praise
An exercise may be to discover and purposely learn words throughout scripture as well as others relevant to our culture that settle in our hearts and help us be better magnifiers of God.
By Susan and Craig Bagley