Magnify the Lord

What does it mean to magnify?

It means to make something appear larger, to enlarge, increase, enhance. The archaic meaning is a bit different and more in line with what we think of in relation to God. It means, to extol, glorify, praise, bless, worship, venerate and adore.

Scripture

PS 34:2-4 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall always be in my mouth. My soul will glory in the LORD, let the poor hear and be glad. Magnify the LORD with me and let us exalt his name together.
Luke 1:46-55   is Mary telling all that God has done for her and her ancestors. It is her response to what God has given her.

How do we magnify God and how does God magnify us?

The above verses remind us that we have much to thank God for and when we do, we are magnifying what he has done so that others can see it. It is one way we share the Good News. But God also takes our work and prayers, small or large, and magnifies them. In the same way as a small bit of yeast leavens all the dough (Matthew 13:33) he takes what we offer him and makes it bigger. God can use all we do for his glory if we put it at his disposal.

As Christians, that is our call – to both magnify the Lord and let him magnify us.

Spend some time praying about this: How can you magnify the Lord? And how does he magnify you?

 

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