Magnify, O Magnify!
As a Christian, nothing makes me more confident about my faith than the God I serve! I’m sure many of you feel this way. He is so big, so powerful, so loving and so majestic and He alone is God! Moses said it well when speaking to the Israelites shortly before they would conquer the land:
"For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe” (Deut. 10:17).
Moses woke up each day with a heart and a mind prepared and fueled to submit and serve this great God. He sought to magnify God in any way that he could and he looked for opportunities do this as much as he could. As his life was coming to a close, he exhorted the next generation that they would do the same. All these years later, are we seeking to magnify God in similar fashion? It’s really quite astonishing, when you stop to think about it, how consistent magnification of God is displayed throughout the course of hundreds and hundreds of years. So many things have changed over that time, some of which has not been to the benefit of our families and societies, yet God is still who He is and we should still be looking for ways to magnify Him.
If you were to sit down and think about the sheer number of reasons God is deserving of constant magnification, I promise you that you would be filled with overwhelming feelings for all that God has done for you and those around you. In fact, it would be a good practice if at the end of each week we would all write down 10 great things God did for us that week and we then thank Him and magnify Him for that. The more we incorporate this practice into our weekly routines, the more we become accustomed to setting time aside to just simply magnify God. Usually when we pray, we incorporate a list of various needs, requests, thanksgivings, praises etc. that we offer up to God. While there is nothing wrong with that, it would do no harm if we prayed once each praising God and magnifying Him for who He is and how great He is.
We don’t have to request anything or pray for anyone during that time. It would simply be time spent praising God and lifting Him up. There may be some of you who already do this and that’s wonderful. Keep it up and keep it going. If this hasn’t been your practice, why not try it today? Don’t wait till tomorrow. Start now.
Many times, we fall short in our prayers because it becomes more about us and what we want rather than who God is and what He has done for is. Again, there is nothing wrong with asking God for help and lifting up requests we know that He can grant. This practice is focused on just praising God and magnifying Him for His majesty, greatness, love, mercy and everything you can add to the list. You will be amazed at how much closer you’ll feel to God. You will be amazed at how much your faith will grow by simply magnifying Him. There is nothing supernatural to it at all. It’s just a heart to heart with your maker telling Him how great He is and why He means that much to you.
Most of the Psalms we have are Psalms that do just that. They magnify and praise Him. They purposefully seek to shine the light on the nature of the God we serve. The psalmists who undertook these projects were clearly filled with a sense of urgency and awe with respect to the Lord of lords and the King of kings. They spent hours at a time seeking to exalt Him in any way they could. We, even though centuries apart, can continue that lifestyle. We can be sure to set time aside to simply magnify God. Look at His creation and praise Him. Reflect on your life and magnify Him. Whatever it is brethren, Magnify, O Magnify our God!