I’ve been meditating on a scripture presented at church last night found in Psalm 34:3; “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” The word magnify is to make large who God is but she threw in a statement that grabbed my attention; When we magnify God, it nourishes His presence. Isn’t that an amazing picture of what praise does? Think about it for a moment. When you praise someone, their demeanor changes. Praise them long enough and they begin to believe they are who you say they are.
For years I have spoken affirming words over my husband, my children and myself. I believe that God has a beautiful plan for our lives and just because it may not look it at times, the more I speak it, the more I see change happening. What you see on the outside does not determine what God has defined on the inside. Praise has the ability to change the outcome of every situation you face. Who doesn’t like to live and work in an atmosphere of praise?
Luke 6:45, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” I wrote yesterday about a glass of dirty water, that when you place it in the sink under the faucet and turn the water on, an exchange is made. Out with the bad, in with the good. The good treasure of our heart is a heart filled with the knowledge of who God is and what He is capable of doing. When you magnify the Lord and exalt his name (that means make his name higher than any situation that comes against you), the fruit you yield will be good.
If that exchange is not made, you will continue to speak what you see and not what the Word of God says and the fruit you yield will rot and die. In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” The only way to change what you speak is to change what you put in your heart. We must magnify God everyday or we won’t believe he is able to do what he says he will do.
Father, I praise you! I exalt your name above every problem in my life. I know that you, oh Lord are bigger than the problems, bigger than this world or the things in this world. You have given me life, big life! It’s your desire to tell me secrets and give me greater understanding of you. I just love that, God. I’m running after you, not from you. I’m pursuing you just as you are pursuing me. May you find me nourishing your presence today. May I be a place where your glory will dwell and never leave. Oh Father, I’m so excited! You have plans for me that are WAY better then I could ever plan for myself. I’m always in good hands because your hands hold me. AMEN!