“Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!” (Ps. 34:3, ESV).
What does it mean to magnify the Lord? Dictionary.com provided me with these definitions of the word magnify: “To increase the apparent size of, as a lens does;” “To cause to seem greater or more important.”
Here’s what Holy Spirit is speaking to my heart about this. During these difficult times, we can either magnify what the enemy is doing, or magnify what the Lord is doing. How so? By what we choose to focus on.
A magnifying glass aids us when we want to zero in on something specific. It causes whatever we are looking at to fill our visual field. Similarly, when we magnify the Lord, He is what fills our inner visual field.
In this season of worldwide crisis, it’s easy to let the enemy’s activities predominate our mind’s eye. So many news articles and broadcasts come with spirits of fear attached to them. Even just one click-bait headline can transfer to us a sense of foreboding that sets the tone of our entire day, or of multiple days.
How do we remedy this? My beloved friend, we need to be so aggressive in purposefully cultivating the right spiritual atmosphere both in our homes and in our hearts. When we wake up in the morning, let’s immediately point our hearts toward Jesus. Let’s practice looking at Him with our inner eyes regularly, throughout the day. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…” (Heb. 12:2).
This is a discipline, a lifestyle. It takes concerted effort to train our focus on the Lord. During the day, when fear tries to slip in uninvited, take notice. Stop. On purpose, begin to magnify the Lord. Begin to exalt Him. Begin to focus your heart on how infinitely powerful and infinitely loving and infinitely wise He is. Don’t allow yourself to push on through the day until you have directed your heart’s focus entirely back onto Jesus.
When anxiety tries to settle oppressively over your soul, allow Holy Spirit to show you where it came in. What is it that the enemy subtly whispered to you that you should worry about? Identify it and actively hand it over to the Father. See yourself giving it to Him, entrusting it into His care. Snuggle into His bosom. Choose trust. Choose rest. And ask Him, “What are You doing in this situation, Daddy?” Take time to listen for His answer.
He will answer. He delights to communicate with you, even more than you long to hear from Him. Learning to listen for His answers is a life-long journey of discovery. Write down every big and tiny thing that seems like it’s from Him.
Once He’s showed you something about what He’s doing, keep it in front of your eyes. Whether it be a note on your phone, or a verse jotted on a slip of paper, look at it frequently. Let it be your focus. Magnify it. Let it fill your inner space. Make sure it’s the biggest thing happening on the inside of you.
One final loving word of advice. Dear one, for every one look at the hard things happening during this season, take ten looks at Jesus.
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:2, NKJV).
Do you see God at work in the world right now? What do you see Him doing?
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Jennifer! Surprise, surprise again! What you’ve written is where my meditation has been this morning. Actually, it started last evening as I drove home from a shift at the men’s halfway house where I fill-in for the regular staff now and again. The preacher on my radio was talking about Hebrews 12:2-3 and our need more than ever to focus on the Lord at all times. So true!
This morning, I’m drawn to the beginning of verse 2: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. (NIV) Holy Spirit helped me to see that Jesus, as the author or our faith, is perfect. All He does is perfect, and yet in His infinite love, He works in us to bring us ever-closer to Him, perfecting us into His likeness.
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And also not surprisingly, you have once again added a smile to my day, Chuck. Thank You, Father! We praise You for Your goodness!
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Focus is a most difficult thing in this world of distractions. My thought goes to Jesus, staring in the direction of Jerusalem , like a FLINT, heading to the cross, allowing no distraction. Our good intentions must be followed by action. This requires us to make a choice, in the moment. As we walk in the Spirit and lean on his presence, this becomes our first choice. Seeing people and things around us, through the eyes of Jesus guarantees the focus we need.
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Amen, Len. Jesus is our supreme example! What a mind-boggling focus He had! Thank you so much for sharing that good insight 🙂
Keeping scripture in front of us is a fantastic practice. Life giving.
After an iffy day anxiety-wise, I received a gift not 40 minutes ago: a moment of calm on my front porch, light rain falling with just enough of a cool breeze to merit a jacket, and blazingly white dogwood blooms just beyond the door. As He has done so many times, He was telling me, “I know these are tough times, but this is a reminder that I am always here.” Amen.
Magnify the Lord indeed. The devil can only do what God allows. God is the Victor. Magnify and lift Him up in the midst of it ALL. Stand and not fall. He will DELIVER.
YES He will! Smiling because the devo post I just finished writing is all about how He will deliver, and now I read this. Grateful for a sister that flows in the Holy Spirit! ❤