We all like attention, right? The compliments, the kudos, the promotions? Who doesn’t want to come in first, get a promotion, or feel like they are way ahead? The trouble is often that we are running to keep up, we magnify ourselves with any achievement, sometimes we believe it is ourselves and our work, when it is His grace.
We should humble ourselves and let Him exalt us at the right time, His time. He can make it beautiful and we can lose the race, the rat race of competition, for in His race we all will win, though we have different gifts and will receive different rewards, we are victorious in Jesus only by His sacrifice and that is the only way we get to heaven.
What we do has to be done in love and not people pleasing, or to impress others, God hates sinful pride but like I said in another post, we are autographed with His excellence and should take pride, the right kind in our work and effort. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be or being the best at something, just know the source and give thanks, and don’t wait for some flashy ceremony, always be thankful and magnify Him.
That is what I hope we can begin to do. Magnify Him, instead of the problems, the loss, the illness, or whatever it may be. He already has the answers, made a way, settled it on the cross. I know that is hard to hear when there is suffering, but isn’t it better to have hope in Him?
Here are a few verses.
Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication; And let them say continually, “The LORD be magnified, Who delights in the prosperity of His servant.” Psalm 35:27, NASB
Magnify the LORD with me; let us exalt His name together. Psalm 34:3
May all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; may those who love Your salvation always say, “The LORD be magnified!” Psalm 40:16
Therefore you are great, LORD God. For there is none like you, neither is there any God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 2 Samuel 7:22. This is a verse showing how He is magnified.
You see David magnifying Him in the Psalms. And Solomon is magnified by the Lord, 1 Chronicles 29:25, Joshua, in Joshua 4:14, while Jeremiah 48 is an account of Moab falling because of being magnified above the Lord.
This shall they have for their pride, because they have reproached and magnified themselves against the people of the LORD of hosts. Zephaniah 2:10, also in regard to Moab.
This became known to all, both Jews and Greeks, who lived in Ephesus; and fear (reverence) fell upon them all and the name of the Lord Jesus was being magnified. Acts 19:17
To magnify, means to exalt, extol or hold in high esteem. We see all the places fall who exalted themselves above before the Lord or failed to be thankful for His grace. We know that is the enemy’s downfall from the beginning, he wanted to be exalted over God, it will never happen, and even in the last days, the Anti-Christ will not prevail.
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