I say these words,”Lord Be Magnified” all the time. In some ways it’s a habit, it’s what I’m used to hearing. It’s kind of like saying, “Hi, how are you?” to a passing stranger and not awaiting the response. Most of the time we’re not asking how the other person is really doing, it’s just something we’ve tacked on to the end of Hi because Hi was too short. The same is true of religious sayings.
What does it mean for God to be Magnified? As I was thinking about this, the only image that came to mind was a magnifying glass. In my mind God is already big so I was a little confused about what it meant to magnify God.
Ding! Imagine me with a light bulb on top of my head.
I got it. I realized that God was big to me in theory, but when I looked closely at my life there were many things that I had allowed to become bigger than Him.
This morning my sleep became bigger than Him. It’s just starting to get cold here and I figured instead of getting up to pray, I would meet God under my covers. We could get nice and cozy, I’d close my eyes and we could talk there. I’m sure you know the rest of the story….I went back to sleep. I missed out on my time with Him and had to rush into my day.
On Tuesday I might let a financial worry become bigger than Him, on Wednesday it might be an emotional one. At some point there is something in our lives that wants to parade itself bigger than God. We get fooled into thinking that other things are more deserving of our time and attention.
I understand now that, “Be Magnified” is not just an endearing term, it is a reminder to us. God is already enormous, so those words don’t make Him any bigger. Instead they challenge us to make Him larger in our own lives.
Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!” Psalm 70:4