“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
(John 3:30 NKJV)
Increase. Enlarge. Magnify.
So, what do we magnify? The negative or the positive?
When we magnify the negative characteristics of our spouse, our mother-in-law, our friend, the preacher’s wife, or anyone or anything else in our thoughts or with our words, that negativity will determine our attitude toward them and ultimately affect how we treat people or how we handle our circumstances.
That on which you focus becomes larger.
God or circumstances? Which one do we focus on?
Therefore, which do we magnify?
The Old and New Testament words for magnify mean essentially the same: to grow, increase or enlarge in various senses, as in body, mind, estate or honor, also in pride, to become great, powerful, or important, to do great things, to become strong, be wealthy, to promote, praise, esteem highly, lift up, exalt, extol, and so on.
That’s why Paul said, “According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Phil. 1:20 NKJV)
The English dictionaries define magnify as to increase in actual size, enlarge, exaggerate, amplify, intensify, extol, praise, glorify, to make seem more important, and so on.
Ahhh! That’s why Mary (the mother of Jesus) said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” (Luke 1:46-47 NKJV)
So, how do we enlarge or magnify the Lord?
David wrote, “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.” (Ps. 69:30 NKJV)
To praise God with the songs of our heart, lifting our hands in adoration and praise, magnifies Him and pleases Him better than anything else.
Think about this. Binoculars expand or magnify an image, if we look through the proper end. When we look through the lenses of our spiritual binoculars, our concept of God is heightened while our concept of ourselves and our circumstances is lessened. Again, if we look through the proper end!
Therefore, as the result of our gratitude and praising God, we enlarge His Image and His power, intensifying Him as greater than our circumstances.
But sometimes, when our circumstances become overwhelming, we look through the wrong end of those spiritual binoculars and our focus is diverted away from God.
In those times, can we say, and do, the same as Mary and Paul and David? To magnify Christ in our body, our soul, our heart, and our mouth?
God is always bigger than our situations. He is more able, more powerful, more concerned, and more loving than we can ever imagine.
Our praise and thanksgiving always magnifies the Lord!
“Oh, magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt His name together.”
(Ps. 34:3 NKJV)
May the Lord be magnified in your life…Lynn