O magnify the Lord with me, let us exalt His name together! Psalm 34:3
Lately I have been being blessed by Christian television programs that emphasize magnifying the Lord over every situation and circumstance and taking hold of the promises of God. What I have found is that the levels of warfare, questions, concerns, and things that cause stress have not decreased, however my peace, confidence in God, faith, and resistance to fear has increased. I have been doing this over the years, when God would remind me to through His word or a teaching, but this time is different because of the intentional focus on it and application to situations as they occur. If you want to try this out Psalm 34 is a great place to start. In each verse is a promise or result of the benefits of magnifying God over your life and every circumstance you or anyone in your life faces. Below I will share with you a few of my insights on the application of these verses to my life, however to get the full benefit of the promises of God in Psalm 34 take time (1 week, 1 month, or more) to study, pray, and ponder these life blessing verses.
When God is Magnified – Psalm 34 Application Psalm 34:1-10 (KJV)
I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
- Consistent praise and worship creates an atmosphere for the Lord to move and work things out wherever you are.
- Continual praise also helps to regulate mood, emotions, thoughts, and decisions.
- Praise aligns our perspective with the goodness of God instead of the destruction of the enemy.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
- Boasting in the Lord is an act of honor. It acknowledges and honors the Lord for all His wonderful attributes and great things that He has done.
- Boasting I the Lord increases our confidence in Him. It’s easy to trust someone who has a history of doing good things for you and other people you know. This breaks through the doubt and fear that God will not help you or is angry at you/judging you for sin.
- Boasting in the Lord lets the enemy know that his power is diffused and that the victory of the King is at hand!
3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
- To magnify means to enlarge, expand, or make bigger. This does not require imagination because standing on the truth of who God is and what He did through His Son Jesus reminds us of how great or big He is.
- If you decide to use your sanctified imagination to activate this promise, remember that God is the Creator and Satan is a created being.
- Talk about the goodness and faithfulness of God with people, especially when you are going through a hard time. This will remind you that God is in control, He is faithful, and that He is well able to handle anything that you are going through.
4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
- Know that the Lord hears you when you praise, pray, and talk about Him! He is not ignoring you or too far away to hear you, He is attentively listening for an invitation to step in to your situation.
- Seeking the Lord is the vital key to all of this. It’s great to praise, to boast in the Lord and to have that intimate worship time with Him, and when you need answers, solutions, strategies, and breakthrough all you have to do is ask Him for it.
- Usually in any distressing situation fear is present. As you magnify the Lord and express your confidence in Him, intentionally address the fear that is tempting you to keep silent and worry.
5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
- The glory of the Lord is released on those that worship, praise, and express confidence in the Lord.
- The shame that attempts to dull the witness of the believer is replaced by the light of the glory of the Lord in that person’s life.
- Their faces were not ashamed because what they were looking at and were experiencing was the presence of the Lord, not past hurts, regretful mistakes, or moments of weakness.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
- If you need to cry, cry on. If you need to weep and moan, let it out. God understand what you are communicating to Him and He delights in the fact that you are releasing it to Him.
- When we cry out to God, He reveals to us that He alone is our Savior! He is the One that wants to be our hero that saves the day!
- Troubles have no chance to persist when cry out to the Lord, God is faithful to answer and move in the situation. Even if the troubles do not immediately go away, we will not be destroyed by them.
7 The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
- When we develop this lifestyle of magnifying the Lord over our lives and every situation we face, angels are released to help us, delivers out of the enemy’s hand, and to stand guard around us.
- We have to fear or revere the Lord for the fullness of this promise to be manifested in our lives.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
- Taste and see, go ahead and try this out. The Lord actually loves when we put His Word to the test. It shows Him that we are willing to be doers of the Word not hearers only. It is not enough to agree with and study His Word, it should also be applied intentionally to activate it and bring forth the results of that word in our lives.
- Just trusting God and taking Him at His word qualifies us to be blessed!
9 O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
- Instead of fearing lack and not having what you need, use that energy to revere God for being a Provider, a Sustainer, the Lord of the harvest.
- Remind the spirit of lack that it cannot stay because according to His word “there is no want to them that fear him.”
10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
- This is a great reminder that God is good and He desires to give good gifts to His children.
- Never agree with the enemy who says that God will not bless you with things that you desire. God planned us before the foundation of the world and most of the desires we have for good things come from Him. He is not a cruel or sabotaging God. He will not set us up with desires that He never intends for us to receive.
- “…but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.” Amen.
This message is not to say that I have found a secret to the mysteries of success. On quite the contrary, this message is intended just to share what is blessing me in my life right now so that you, if you so decide, can share in these blessings as well.
I do want to share this quick advisory: magnifying the Lord enrages the enemy. Many other Christian worshipers can attest to this, that as we make the Lord’s name great in our lives, sometimes the enemy will try to counter attack by magnifying every complaint, irritation, accusation, suspicion, or whatever that normally offends you in your life. Don’t be surprised if there are counterattacks, that means your praise, worship, faith and confidence in the Lord is causing irreparable damage in the Kingdom of Darkness. Praise God even more and magnify His goodness over every counter attack!
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