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11/27/2013 6:02:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Make God bigger?

By Tim Lamb

Psalm 34:3

"Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together."

I saw a You Tube video with the title "Oh Magnify the Lord With Me" and decided it would be a good creed for my family; a call to arms. I didn't even bother looking up the verse I just made a small poster of it and put it on my book shelf for my family to see. 

As the Lord often works, over the next week I heard this verse quoted several times from other sources and became more inspired each time, but then came the spoiler. Someone had to ask, "How do you magnify God?" 

What does it mean to magnify something? My dictionary says to magnify is "to make greater in size; enlarge; amplify; intensify; heighten...2. To cause to appear greater...(ect)" What? How do I cause God to appear greater? This is no puny God here. This God is the God of the Universe; creator of the universe and the Heavens and everything that is in them. How can I amplify beyond that? (Funny how God brings messages together in a timely fashion and we don't even know it until the pieces fall together.)

In our Sunday School lesson a few weeks ago the Bible teacher was saying how people with a low view of God have a low view of sin. Translation: If their God is small their sin will not concern them.

Most of the world these days has a very "Little-god" view of sin. For them, either God is non-existent, non-important, or of little impact; in other words, God isn't big enough to get in the way of sin. Well, for those individuals and anyone who doesn't know or understand the greatness of our God, We are here to "Magnify the Lord".

If you don't think you can be forgiven for sin your god is too small. If you don't think you need to be forgiven for sin your god is too small. If you are not the slightest bit in awe of facing God your god is too small. If you know God but put Him anyplace but first in your life you have a low view of a very large, intense, and powerful God.

Here is some magnification for you. We cannot even count the stars in the heavens; we cannot even give them each a number yet God has given each of them a name. At the same time know this, that God's size and intensity will more genuinely be measured by His value to each of us. How much are we willing to give up for Him? How much do you love righteousness and how much are you repulsed by your sin?

The measure of God the world sees is not that He created all that exists but that He changed you and me. God can hold the World in the palm of His hand but if He isn't personal; if He doesn't light a consuming fire in the hearts of His followers He isn't big enough to inspire confession and repentance.

Think about a person from your past that changed your life, inspired you, or just made you want to be better than you were. If God doesn't change you more than that He is not magnified. God is not magnified by promising you "Your Best Life Now", He is magnified in the promise of an eternal life that you cannot imagine. God is magnified when He is more important than wealth and status. God is magnified when you have peace in tribulation and hope in the midst of sorrow. God is magnified when you love Him with all you are and love your neighbor as yourself.

And most importantly others can grasp a God you would die for, what they cannot see is the God so big that He would die for them, and rise again on the third day.

I will bless the Lord at all times;

His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;

The humble shall hear of it and be glad.

3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

And let us exalt His name together.

4 I sought the Lord, and He heard me,

And delivered me from all my fears.

Tim Lamb writes The Message, a weekly Christian-based faith column, for the Chelan Mirror. He lives in Entiat.

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