Magnify the Lord

Ann Spangler
Ann Spangler

An image of a person's hand holding a magnifying glass at some smoke in the distance, so we see part of the image close-up.

Imagine that you are fighting for your life. You’re facing an enemy whose one aim is to annihilate you. Looking at the forces arrayed against you produces fear and terror. But then you begin to shift your focus to your side of the battle line. In front of you stands God, surrounded by the armies of heaven. You realize that the fight is not primarily about you but about whose kingdom is going to prevail. Looking at God, you know that no matter how fiercely the battle rages your side will win because he is infinitely greater than the opposing forces.

Jesus’ beloved friend John assured the early Christians that they would prevail, not through their own strength, but because the Spirit who lived within them is greater than the spirit who lives in the world (1 John 4:4).

The same is true of us. John’s words urge us to focus on victory and not defeat. How do we do this? One way is to heed the psalmist’s call to “magnify the Lord and exalt his name” (34:3, ESV). When you magnify something, you make it look bigger. Since it’s impossible to make God any bigger than he is, magnifying him means focusing on him in a way that enables others to perceive his immensity and greatness.

Failing to magnify God means that we will inevitably magnify our problems and complaints, making them seem bigger than they are. The former is a strategy for victory and the latter for defeat. Today, let us celebrate the fact that we belong to a God who has numbered the stars in the sky and calls them all by name. We have the victory not because our foes are weak but because our God is infinitely strong.

 
Originally published April 05, 2018.

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