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We are created to magnify.

We are created to magnify.

Magnify

Psalm 34:3 KJV 1900
3 O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt his name together.
What does it mean to magnify
The Hebrew word has the idea of: to grow (up), to become strong, to be/become great, wealthy, important
English def. (merriam-webster.com)
1 a : extol, laud,  b: to cause to be held in greater esteem or respect
2 a :  to increase in significance : intensify, b: exaggerate magnifies every minor issue to crisis proportions
2. archaic extol; glorify. "praise the Lord and magnify Him"
3  to enlarge in fact or in appearance
In my Bible, the word “magnify” is used 40 times and “glorify” is used 78 times
Glorify has the idea of honor

The life of David

We are going to look at the life of David since he wrote so much about magnifying & glorifying God
What type of life did David have?
First, let’s look at David’s life:
He grew up as the youngest boy and was valued little by his father
When the prophet Nathan came to anoint the next king, his father didn’t think that it was worth having David included
He was given the task of herding sheep
He needed to wait on God because he was anointed as king but it was many years before he was given the authority of king
Saul tried to kill him 21 times
While he was running from Saul, David and his men of war had all their wives and children taken and their city was burned with fire -
His men threatened to kill him -how did David respond?
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1 Samuel 30:6–8 KJV 1900
6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. 7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. 8 And David inquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
1 Sam 30:6-8
He encouraged himself in the Lord -he reminded himself of who God is
He asked the Lord for direction
God confirmed what David was to do
Other hardships:
He committed adultery, had her husband killed
His child dies
He numbers Israel and as a result thousands die
Absolom kills Amnon (both David’s sons)
Absolom tries to usurp David as king and as a result, gets killed
Later, Adonijah, another of David’s sons, also tries to take become king
He suffered a disease
Yet he still lived to at least 70 & maintained his faith and trust in the Lord

How did David encourage himself?

The Psalms are full of examples
Psalm 27:10–14 KJV 1900
10 When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the Lord will take me up. 11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, And lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. 12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: For false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13 I had fainted, unless I had believed To see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the Lord: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord.
Mother & Father
the Goodness of God
Wait
He confessed who he knew that God was -in spite of his circumstances
David believed in the mercy of God
He humbled himself and asked God for mercy
Just in the book of Psalms, the word mercy is used 135 times

How does a magnifying glass work?

We use it to make things larger, to bring a clearer picture
We use it to look at
But it only works if it is properly focused
Galileo, 1600’s, telescope -used it to study the heavens

How did Jesus magnify the Father?

He was totally focused on the Father and did whatever he saw the Father do
He was the express (very) image of God
Jesus said, whoever has seen me has seen the Father

How does this apply to us?

How does this apply to us?
We are like a magnifying glass. Our life, our passion magnifies whatever it is that has our focus.
When someone looks at us what do they see?
How do we get in focus with God? by meditating on His word
Psalm 119:130 KJV 1900
130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; It giveth understanding unto the simple.
Psalm 119:105 KJV 1900
105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And a light unto my path.
Turn to this...
Proverbs 6:20–23 KJV 1900
20 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, And forsake not the law of thy mother: 21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, And tie them about thy neck. 22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; When thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; And when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. 23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; And reproofs of instruction are the way of life:
This brings me to my next point...
God is Light - -and there is no darkness in him
1 John 1:5 KJV 1900
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Focusing on Him is like focusing on light
Matthew 5:16 KJV 1900
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Mat
We are called magnify the light of God
The written word brings light because it is alive and inspired by the living Word who is Light
The written word brings light because it is alive and inspired by the living Word who is Light
How do we know that we are correctly focused on the light and are magnifying the light?
1 John 1:7 KJV 1900
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
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1 John 2:10–11 KJV 1900
10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
1 John 2:10-11
Let’s magnify the Lord over our circumstances, over our problems, over our life, over our desires
When we magnify the Lord, we experience the light of God’s presence, because God is light -
When we magnify the Lord, we experience the light of God’s presence, because God is light -
Are you in focus with God? Has life knocked you out of focus?
We can know that we are in focus & magnifying God by:
How we love God
How we love our brother
Mark 12:30–31 KJV 1900
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Mark 12:30-
1 John 2:10–11 KJV 1900
10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
Fear?
-our theme verse
John never mentions fear in a good context
There is no fear when there is a heart of obedience and we are walking in the light
Acts 9:31 KJV 1900
31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.
Acts
Scriptures
We love our brother
1 John 2:10–11 KJV 1900
10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
1 john 2:
Psalm 119:130 KJV 1900
130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; It giveth understanding unto the simple.
ps 119:130
It is only natural that this should be true because Jesus is described as the living Word
Psalm 119:105 KJV 1900
105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And a light unto my path.
Ps
Psalm 119:114–116 KJV 1900
114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. 115 Depart from me, ye evildoers: For I will keep the commandments of my God. 116 Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: And let me not be ashamed of my hope.
ps 119:114-

Scriptures

Pro 6:20-
Proverbs 6:20–23 KJV 1900
20 My son, keep thy father’s commandment, And forsake not the law of thy mother: 21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, And tie them about thy neck. 22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; When thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; And when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. 23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; And reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

Psalm 34:3 KJV 1900
3 O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt his name together.
Ps 3
Why was David magnifying the Lord?

Do you believe God desires to bring salvation “in the land of the living”?

Psalm 35:26–27 KJV 1900
26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: Let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me. 27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: Yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, Which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
Psalm 27:10–14 KJV 1900
10 When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the Lord will take me up. 11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, And lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. 12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: For false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. 13 I had fainted, unless I had believed To see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the Lord: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord.
ps 27:10-14
-People were magnifying themselves, but David’s heart was to magnify the Lord
Psalm 35:26 KJV 1900
26 Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion together that rejoice at mine hurt: Let them be clothed with shame and dishonour that magnify themselves against me.
Psalm 35:27 KJV 1900
27 Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: Yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, Which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.
-People were magnifying themselves, but David’s heart was to magnify the Lord
He made a choice
Psalm 69:30 KJV 1900
30 I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Ps 69:30
God is magnified with thanksgiving
Psalm 138:2 KJV 1900
2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, And praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Phil
Philippians 1:20 KJV 1900
20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
In Closing...

Let’s magnify the Lord over our circumstances, over our problems, over our life, over our desires
When we magnify the Lord, we experience the light of God’s presence, because God is light
Randy’s testimony, Prayer team
Are you in focus with God? Has life knocked you out of focus? and you were magnifying the wrong thing.
Is there an area where you need to change your way of thinking?
Exalting our self above the knowledge of God?
Don’t interpret God’s Word through the lens of your experience. Interpret your experience through the lens of God’s Word -John Bevere

God needs to be magnified above our circumstances, above our experiences, above our understanding

Psalm 69:30 KJV 1900
30 I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify him with thanksgiving.
God is magnified with thanksgiving
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