Larry Byerly tells about a time he was driving one foggy night. “I topped a hill and I could see through the fog for a moment. What an awesome sight!” Larry exclaimed.
“The clouds were scurrying along at a rather quick pace, across the face of the huge moon that seemed to softly light up the entire sky. Quite a change from driving in that fog with “no vision.”
“I could tell,” he continued, “that going down the other side of that hill, I was about to enter the thick fog again, so I stayed my eyes on that view, as I slowly lost sight of that moonlit night and slipped back into the fog. Once I was back in the frustrating fog again.”
However, Byerly pointed out whether he could see the shining moon or the clouds, they were still there. He knew that if he would ascend another hill he could see them.
Larry said that his experience reminded him of how we “walk by faith through the tough times, not by what we see around us…. By faith we believe…and if we magnify the Lord through praise and worship, to a point higher than we are, He shows Himself bigger than our problems, and they seem to shrink or slip back into the fog as we lean back on our faith once again.”
We have observed in the past three posts that David was dealing with difficult situations. He was being hunting like a dog by King Saul. Yet, in the midst of the fog, David could see God. In Psalm 34:1-3 he wrote:
I will bless the Lord at all times;
His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make its boast in the Lord;
The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
And let us exalt His name together.
Today, we want to consider the word “magnify.” It means “to make large as in body, mind, estate or honor. To become strong, to grow up, to become great or wealthy, powerful, significant or valuable. The verb can mean the increasing of size.” The Hebrew word is used 115 times in the Old Testament. It is sometimes translated “great.” In Psalm 92:5 David proclaimed, “O Lord, how great are your works!”
When we look through a magnifying glass things are enlarged. They are made bigger. They look greater. When we look at God’s works, God’s Word, and God’s world, He should be magnified in our eyes.
However, to often we get it reversed. We magnify ourselves and minimize God. I am reminded of classic book written by J. P. Phillips entitled “Your God is Too Small.” In it he challenges believers and skeptics alike with their misconceptions of God that relegate Him to some “grand old man,” or a “policeman” waiting to catch us doing something wrong. Phillips says we have placed God in a box that limits His power, diminishes His preeminence, and restricts His presence in the world.
Regardless of the fog you are experiencing in this life, God is there. Look up! Rise up! And reach up! Get a clearer view of the greatness of God. His creation reminds us that He is powerful. His Word speaks to our hearts and helps us through the troubles, trials and temptations of life. His promises provide assurance. And the realization of His presence offers peace.
Conversely, if you are basking in the sunshine of success, without a cloud in the sky, remember to glorify God. Don’t magnify yourself. Remember without Him we are nothing. All that we have, and all that we become is due to God’s gracious blessings in our lives.
“Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The Lord be magnified!” (Ps 40:16)
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman