Have you ever had the same verse from the Bible seem to follow you? You hear it or read it and then come across it again and again? I had that happen this week and it blessed me so much, I had to share!!!
Wednesday night church service, our pastor read from Psalms 34, I love this passage and have read it many times:
I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
The pastor highlighted the fact that our Lord is worthy of praise...at all times. We can boast in Him, because He never fails and together, we should sing out and magnify His name.
Saturday morning following, I was running and just began listening to a sermon on my MP3 as I ran. It began to sprinkle rain and I almost turned back, but decided to keep on a little further...so glad that I did!!
To 'magnify' the Lord goes deeper than just a glance of this verse. The definition of magnify is "to cause to be held in greater esteem or respect; to increase in significance; to enlarge in fact or in appearance."
So often through the business of a Christian life, we read God's Word, pray and seek to live out a life of holiness but compare these to the scope of our own minds and plans. We often forget or don't take the time to reflect and remember "How Great Is Our God". His power is limitless, His grace infinite, His ways far outreach our understanding. He stands alone and can do what no man can do. We tend to look at how great our problems and trials are before we grasp in our heat how powerful our God is.
But the amazing thing about His power working in our lives is that it increases in our weaknesses. II Corinthians 12:9 "And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” It is only when we step aside and admit our weakness that He can come and bring His power to our life and situations.
When we lose focus of our selves and our problems and trials, we turn our eyes on Him, He is magnified. His greatness overshadows, comforts, protects and keeps us. As we share with others what He has done or is doing in our lives, they see past our human weakness and failures and see Him magnified. Faith overlooks the seen and looks on to the unseen. Faith in our God to see beyond our capabilities - magnifies Him.
Oh, to look daily through my weakness to His power... Come, magnify the Lord with me, let us exalt His name together!