Magnifying God

Jehoshaphat is an amazing example of a man who kept his eyes on God.

Threatened by hordes of invaders, he acknowledged his helplessness and told God that his eyes were firmly fixed on Him.

Not only that, but he sent praise singers out before the army and appealed to God’s covenant by thanking Him for His covenant love (hesed: translated as “lovingkindness” in the NASB).

When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, “Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.” When they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed. (2 Chronicles 20:21-22 NASB)

Jehoshaphat is a magnificent example of a man who magnified God. As I said before, we cannot make God bigger than He is. But we can see Him as big as He is.

Where does it tell us to magnify God? Mainly in the Psalms.

Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified.” (Psalms 70:4 NASB)

I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. (Psalms 69:30 NASB)

Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let those who love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!” (Psalms 40:16 NASB)

Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; And let them say continually, “The Lord be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.” (Psalm 35:27 NASB)

O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together. (Psalms 34:3 NASB)

“When you focus on a problem instead of on Me,” the LORD seemed to be saying to me one day, “you magnify the problem instead of magnifying Me. You make it bigger than Me. In that way you dishonour Me.”

I was silenced. Then “Sorry, Lord.”

When it’s put like that, it seems ridiculous, doesn’t it? How could any problem possibly be bigger than God? Absurd!