1 Chronicles 29:10-13 …Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and on the earth; Yours is the dominion and kingdom, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all…(V.11)
The Oxford dictionary defines ‘magnify’ as: appear larger, praise highly, glorify, increase. In the senses: show honor to (God) and ‘make greater’.
Magnifying God in our lives means to make Him greater than ourselves. For Him to increase more in our lives, we need to give Him first place in every area—giving Him honou in how we live our lives. When we say: “I magnify you, Lord”, we are saying: “I give you greater importance in my life. You mean more to me than anything else—even more than the things that I desire. What I want to do comes secondary to you. I want you to increase in my life, and I decrease!”
Our wants should not prioritize our day. If God prompts us to do something that cuts into our time in pursuing some ‘me time’, how do we respond to that? Do we drop everything to obey the prompting or do we continue with our pursuits and tell ourselves that we’ll get to it later? It’s not that it’s wrong to have some ‘me time’, but if we choose this over what God wants us to do in that given moment, then we’re really only fulfilling our own selfish desires.
The ‘little interruptions’ in our day may be ‘God-moments’ in disguise—or rather, ‘God-moments’ we fail to recognize because of our preoccupation with ourselves!
The first step to truly magnifying God in our lives is to ‘choose to magnify’ Him in our everyday moments, asking the Holy Spirit to help us make Him greater in our lives. You see, we need to care more about what matters most, which is God and our relationship with Him. When we first meet someone and fall in love, we want to be with them all the time. We would drop everything just to be with them. Sadly, it’s often not like that in our relationship with God. Our own desires and wants get in the way. We all so desperately need God to work in this area of our lives, helping us to desire Him more—over and above anything else. Because in the light of eternity, nothing else really matters!
We need to pray each day for God’s help to truly magnify Him in our lives.