Sarah Travis is back talking about what it means to magnify God for this week’s edition of Word Nerd Wednesday.
The Merriam Webster dictionary describes magnify as
1. a. extol, laud
b. to cause to be held in greater esteem or respect
2. a. to increase in significance :intensify
b. exaggerate magnifies every minor issue to crisis proportions
3. to enlarge in fact or in appearance. The lens magnified the image 100 times.
“I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul will make its boast in the Lord;
The humble will hear it and rejoice.
O magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.”
Telescopic or Microscopic Magnifying?
John Piper says: “There are two kinds of magnifying: microscope magnifying and telescope magnifying. The one makes a small thing look bigger than it is. The other makes a big thing begin to look as big as it really is.”
When we magnify the Lord we do not put a small God under a microscope to enlarge Him. No! We look at a HUGE God through a telescope in order to gain some comprehension of how great He really is. We bring Him to the forefront of our minds and consider the significance and extent of His full character. There is no end to His greatness:
“Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, And His greatness is unsearchable.”
Psalm 145:3 NASB
To magnify the Lord is to gaze upon him through a telescope and to allow the extent of His incredible, magnificent, glorious character to come into view and blow our minds!
To magnify the Lord is also to be the telescope through which others can gaze upon the Lord and see how great He is. As Christians we are to behave in such a way to be a witness of the magnitude of the Lord. We declare how great He is.
High and Lifted Up
Notice this was an invitation from David to others to lift up the name of the Lord in corporate praise and worship. The word magnify is nestled in there with bless, praise, boast, rejoice, exalt. By holding the name of the Lord high and lifting Him up, we are magnifying Him to the world around us.
As Paul says: “So the one who boasts must boast in the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 10:17 HCSB. We do not boast in our own accolades and accomplishments but rather what the Lord has accomplished for and through us.
“I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving.”
Psalm 69:30 NASB
Through our thanksgiving and praise to the Lord, we magnify Him. How can you magnify the Lord today?
Born and raised in Scotland, and talking with a “wee” Americanized-Scottish twang, Sarah is now wife to her American dream hubby, Jason, and is SAHM to their 1 year old son Ezra! She is an author, speaker, and inspirational Bible teacher passionate about helping women believe their acceptance and belonging in Christ, not in the world.
Whenever she is not running around keeping Ezra out of mischief or writing, Sarah volunteers for Proverbs 31 Ministries as a writer for Online Bible Studies and she works as a Mary & Martha independent consultant.
Sarah’s life verse is: “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 ESV
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