Daily Devotional: Day 20
“O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together” (Psalm 34:3, KJV).
God is who he is – the great I AM. So, you can neither add to his greatness nor subtract from it. However, and this is vital, you can decide how big or small he appears in your eyes. In today’s Bible verse, David calls us to magnify God and exalt his name. The Hebrew word for “magnify” is gadal. It means to make something (or someone) great or powerful. This means you have the power to make God big in your eyes. It’s not about physical size. Rather, it’s about your opinion of God. When you think of God, how great does he appear to you? Do you see God as exceedingly greater than your fears, your sins, the cancer, the diabetes, the bills, the persecution, the family troubles, and the disappointments? Magnifying the Lord is a choice you make. You can make him as big or as small as you want. The more you magnify the Lord, the smaller your problems appear. Conversely, the more you magnify your problems, the smaller you make God. And when you make God small, you limit his power to help you. Yes, you heard me right; you can limit God’s power to help you, if you’re shaky in your faith (Read Matthew 13:53-58).
God doesn’t impose. He wants a relationship with you, which means he allows you to have a say in the relationship, including respecting the opinion you form about him. You see, the kind of opinion you form about God shows the kind of faith you have in him. In fact, your opinion of him even shows in how you pray to him. When David wrote this Psalm, he was in great distress. He had been joined by 400 men who also were dealing with personal troubles ranging from debt to discontentment. When trouble comes, that’s when your opinion of God is tested. Often, in our effort to get people’s attention, we magnify our problems. Even worse, some people magnify Satan, demons and witches. When you do that you’re empowering Satan against you. Satan has no power over you, except the power you give him when you play his game. Make it a habit to magnify the Lord, no matter your situation. As you magnify him, you’ll notice that with God, all things are possible. Enjoy this song by Don Moen.
I am persuaded that my God is All-mighty. He is my portion in the land of the living. I live to magnify him. No matter what I’m going through now, I shall not magnify my problems. As I magnify the living God in prayer and song, I’m realizing that all things work together for good to them that love God. I’m a blessing! Amen.
For further study: 1 Samuel 21:8-15; 22:1-2; Psalm 34