April 17, 2019
Prayer: Oh Lord, we are thankful for all You have done. We are abundantly blessed as a nation, and as individuals. Thank You.
Scripture: O magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:3 NAS
Our current definition of the word magnify could lead to some confusion about today’s Scripture verse if you do not use your heart to use it in a sentence. The Encarta dictionary defines magnify as “to increase the apparent size, actual size, or importance of something and its synonyms are amplify, increase, and expand.”
Now we all know that God is so large in size and importance that we cannot actually increase Him. We can however expand His presence in our minds and hearts by using the Hebrew definition: “to proclaim His greatness, exalt, to cause to grow.” Focusing on His greatness and His blessings will cause our affection, our awareness, and our appreciation for Him to grow. As a result, we will proclaim to others what He has done for us and through us, and we will exalt Him in our immediate area of influence which will ripple as we exalt His name together to grow His name in our school, our community, state and in all the Earth.
Copyright Kathy Branzell. Email Kbranzell@ceai.org