Things are magnified under a microscope, so you can see a dust mite that you can’t see with only your eyes. With a telescope you can see the Orion Nebulae that can’t be seen without the telescope. Some things in the sky are huge but are only visible with the telescope. God is huge and so great that he’s hard to truly understand without magnifying him, like with a telescope. If we magnify our trials and problems, God will not be magnified.
Psalm 40:16 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The Lord be magnified.
When you gaze into the sky and see so many stars, you don’t realize that there are actually over 70 sextillion (that’s a 7 followed by 22 zeros–calculated by a team of stargazers from Australian National University in 2003). You can’t even see all the stars. We have to right size God and if we see him small, we need to make him big. If we exaggerate how big our problems are, they’ll overcome us. There are over 270,000 species of flowers and over 100,000 species of trees in the world. God didn’t have to be so generous. We need to think about how big God is and how generous he’s been to us. If we’re in hard trials and we start being thankful to God in prayer, our mind will get off the trial and on God.
Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
God said “Selah” – think about it. We magnify God with thanksgiving. Murmuring and complaining never magnifies God. If God has daily loaded us with benefits, we have nothing to complain about.
Psalm 69:30-31 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
He’s our benefactor, the one who gives our benefits. If we murmur and complain, we’re saying we don’t like our benefactor and what he’s provided. The devil doesn’t want us to magnify God. Magnifying God is a choice. If we’re murmuring and complaining, we’re not magnifying God. There are two types of people: those who magnify God, and those who magnify themselves by complaining or boasting (taking all the credit). The ones who magnify themselves don’t like to think of themselves as poor, needy, or small. The creation of God is clearly seen by everyone, but the world doesn’t recognize God as the creator. God spoke over 70 sextillion stars into existence. Who can create by their word?
Romans 1:18-21 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Our God is a mighty God and the way people will see his greatness is by us magnifying him. The Israelites didn’t see themselves as being able to conquer the giant Goliath. David didn’t go to him with a sword or spear but he told Goliath he would take off Goliath’s head because the Lord would give him Goliath. David magnified God by his confidence in God, by his humility in knowing God had everything in control, and by lifting up God.
I Samuel 17:45-50 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands. And it came to pass, when the Philistine…drew nigh…that David…ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine…the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face… David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone…and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.
God told Moses to send spies into Canaan and he sent their leaders.
Numbers 13:1-2 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe…shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.
Moses told them to be of good courage. If we look at our trials instead of magnifying God, the problem will be magnified.
Numbers 13:7-20…Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said…Get you up…see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many; And what the land is that they dwell in…good or bad; and what cities…they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds; And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean…And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land…was the time of the firstripe grapes.
They brought evidence of the good land. They saw it was a land flowing with milk and honey, but they saw giants and felt they were like grasshoppers without strength. Caleb tried to get them to magnify God and see he was their strength.
Numbers 13:23 And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.
Numbers 13:30-33 And Caleb stilled the people…said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. But the men…said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report…saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.
Caleb and Joshua wholly followed the Lord. God said go into the land, but the others looked at it with their eyes, not at what God could do. Caleb and Joshua said not to rebel against the Lord and to not fear. We have to walk by faith, to see God’s greatness and that he’s fighting our battles. God will be magnified if we keep him first. Everything will work out for good (Romans 8:28). After the Israelites wandered forty years in the wilderness, Canaan was being divided and Caleb was 85 years old. He reminded Joshua that Moses promised to give him Kadeshbarnea. Caleb was as strong as when they searched the land. There were still giants, but he wasn’t afraid to fight giants because he was trusting God.
Numbers 14:6-10 Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which…searched the land, rent their clothes: …saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land…the Lord is with us: fear them not. But all the congregation bade stone them…
When Mary came to see Elisabeth, the baby (John the baptist) in her leaped. Elisabeth had a revelation that Mary was carrying Jesus. She magnified the Lord. Mary magnified the Lord by humility about her low estate and God’s greatness.
Luke 1:41-48…when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is…that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation …the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord. And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for…henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
When we start taking credit for ourselves, God ceases to be magnified. Everyone that is saved was brought to God by his goodness, not because of our good. If we don’t obey God when he talks to us, we are choosing to be lost.
Romans 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
If we’re blessing the Lord at all times, we won’t be murmuring, complaining, or fault finding. When a married couple has a disagreement, they can pray for God to have his way and he’ll show what to do. Our attitude is vitally important in a disagreement. If our attitude is, my way or no way, then pride is working and we won’t magnifying the Lord.
Psalm 34:1-3 I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
(Notes from the Mature Class Bible Study, teacher Edith Tolbert)