Updated: Jan 19, 2021
Where is that magnifier? It took me awhile to admit I needed to use a magnifier, but these days it’s a must! There are so many types of magnifiers spread throughout my house but somehow I can never find one when I need it!
“Oh magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears.” Psalms 34:3,4
How can anyone make God bigger? How is that possible? He is not too small! Magnifiers make things bigger, right?
Well not exactly.
The dictionary defines the verb to magnify as: to increase, to enlarge, to enhance or elevate, to make clear.
I suppose a magnifier can’t change the actual size of something, it can only increase and enhance the clarity of an object. It increases or enlarges the words that are blurry or hard to see, and suddenly, the message is made clear.
Simply put, in my case, magnifiers assist this visually impaired girl to see better.
So in other words, David is saying, ‘Enhance, increase, elevate and make clear the Lord with me.
See what the Lord has done.
I was afraid and in need.
And God answered me.’
He invites others to see who God is by telling what God had done for him. He tells his story.
For those of us who know God, we know He is not small or obscure. He is a big God -beyond measure. We can see him.
But what about those who can’t see him? What about that co-worker, brother, or friend, that doesn’t know him? I think if we stop and listen to the stories of others we will find so many that are confused, wounded and even angry. Whatever the case may be, to them, Jesus is unclear- dare I say- He and his message are blurry. So many people are squinting but just can’t make Him out!
Where is that magnifier?
What is keeping me and you from magnifying Jesus so others can see Him better? Oh good grief- I needed a magnifier and still need magnifiers in my life to help me see Jesus clearly. What are you and I afraid of?
Am I afraid of rejection or the loss of a friendship? Yes.
Am I afraid I might not say it in the right way or that I won’t have all the right answers? Yes.
Is it too complicated or could it become messy? Yes.
But I’m reminded today as I scratch out these thoughts....
I suppose like David, I cannot make the God of this universe any bigger. I cannot prove to others how immeasurable He is.
But I can increase the knowledge of Him, I can enhance and elevate His goodness and I can make Him less blurry to those around me. I can make His message of love clearer. And for those that are squinting, trying to see Him, I can magnify Him. I can share what He has done for me.
Lord, thank you for the many magnifiers (people) you have purposely placed in my life. Each one helped me see you more clearly. Help me not to be afraid to be a magnifier for someone else. In Jesus’ Name, Amen