Magnify The Lord
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Most people, at one time or another, have looked through the wrong end of a pair of binoculars and have been shocked at how small things seemed.  This experience is a fitting parable for how small and far away God sometimes seems when we are in the midst of trouble and we look at God through the lens of our own experience.

King David often found himself in trouble.  In Psalm 40:12 (NAS), he said, AEvils beyond number have surrounded me; my iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to see...and my heart has failed me.@  But David knew not to look at God in a way that made God seem small.  Rather, he said, AThe Lord be magnified!@ (Psalm 40:16 NAS).

To magnify (Strong's #1431, gadal) means to be or to make to be large.  David said, AO magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together@ (Psalm 34:3 NAS).  Thus he makes God large or great (in his own eyes) by praising and extoling Him.  Again, he says, AI will praise the name of God with song, and shall magnify Him with thanksgiving@ (Psalm 69:30 NAS).

As he magnified the Lord, David found the grace to wait upon Him for deliverance and rescue.  Thus his testimony became, AI waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry.  He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay; and He set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm@ (Psalm 40:1-2 NAS).

We too can all magnify the Lord through our praise and thanksgiving, especially as we see Him through the lens of the Word of God.  And He will loom large and fill our view with His magnificent glory, mercy, and power.  And we too will experience God= s wonderful intervention in our lives.

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