Happy New Year!! At the beginning of each year I like to share a blog post filled with newness and expectation for the year ahead of us. I've actually been mulling this post over in my mind before it finally got formulated enough to come together!! I know January is almost over, but here is my "New Year's" post!
Over the past few years, I've heard more about people beginning a new year by giving a name to it. A name that reflects what they might want to see, do or become. A name to remember and ingrain in their head, hearts and bring out through actions. Some of the ones I've heard are...Generous, Hope, Strength, Grace. Last year mine was "Humility" and through the year I set out with purpose to give God and others preeminence in my life. (It was no easy task and I've certainly not 'completed" this!!) It was a year of fighting flesh, struggling between my own desires and another's needs, but God did a major work in my heart through it all.
Before the new year, a familiar verse ignited a spark in my heart for a word for the year. Psalms 34 1-2
"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." When we humble ourselves, He becomes greater. If, instead of looking inward to our accomplishments we begin to look at Him and His greatness, He is MAGNIFIED. When our focus changes to the Lord, when we read His Word and are reminded of His power, His awesomeness, His love, He becomes larger in our lives. When He is MAGNIFIED, everything else pales in comparison.
Yes, my word for the year is MAGNIFY! But the year long journey is to set my mind on magnifying Him and recognizing in every way - He is greater. There is nothing that can compare to God. He is Creator of all and He watches and sustains everything. No one is above Him and nothing is impossible with Him. This is the word I want to meditate on, remember daily and pass along through the year - Hie is MAGNIFIED over and above every situation I may face. Nothing will ever be too hard for Him, there is nothing He doesn't know about or see and nothing He cannot do. My mind has trouble wrapping itself around His greatness, but my purpose is this year is not to try to understand God's ways, but simply lift Him up.
Will you help me? "Oh magnify the Lord with me. And let us exalt His name together."